Years in the past, I had no thought what the “dog days” of summer time truly meant. I surmised that maybe in early America, our rural ancestors observed that it acquired so scorching that their canines simply laid within the shade panting, moderately than doing something helpful (like herding sheep or chasing off predators). I’ve since discovered that the traditional Romans and Greeks coined the time period when Sirius, the canine star, seems to rise with the solar. That happens in late July and early August within the Northern Hemisphere, when after all, it’s usually additionally scorching.
These musings got here to thoughts as I used to be constructing an addition to the doggie condominium in my storage final Saturday (there’s a new pooch coming in mid-August). I used to be scorching, and so was my canine Leeroy who was laying round panting and never serving to in any respect.
Even so, these of us who reside a lot farther north than the traditional Greeks and Romans have discovered to understand the nice and cozy climate, as a result of in a couple of brief months it is going to be however a faint reminiscence.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
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