I just love those lazy, hazy days of summer. And the fact our home has air conditioning! This year, Mrs Thomson went all out with a vegetable garden. And though it’s small we’re enjoying bumper crops of yellow and green beans, beets, tomatoes and of course my favorite: strawberries growing on plants in hanging baskets. It all tastes so much better than store-bought fruit and vegetables.
Funnily enough, the local wildlife hasn’t been going at our garden, even though we seem to have more wild rabbits than usual in the neighbourhood. Not a doggie walk goes by without seeing a few, and most days, I can spot at least one hopping across our front yard. I’m sure the local foxes are enjoying our rabbit population explosion. The one my dog and I saw the other morning certainly seemed well fed. And not a bit shy. The fox and I stared at each other for a few moments, separated by the width of a residential street, before going on our separate ways. One of the few upsides of my dog’s advancing years is his failing eyesight and hearing, otherwise he might see all the critters who live among us humans and try to chase them. For example, the other day, we passed within a few feet of a fairly large rabbit who, as his sort will, froze in place before my dog noticed and nervously eyed us going by.
If you’re wondering whether the lazy days of summer are having an effect on my progress with the sixth Siobhan Dunmoore adventure, the answer is perhaps. I’m not writing as fast as I’d like, but the first draft is 40% done, and that means an October publication date is still quite likely.
Now back to fun in the sun