The Returning of Hot Days

July 25, 2020

I live with my husband, Raul, on a residential street that backs onto a mountain ridge which eventually meets up with the Lac du Bois Grasslands protected area . About half of our backyard is the sage and tumble weeded rise itself, and below it a manmade terraced section for growing our vegetables. Coyotes yip erratic bark-like shrieking at 2am, while morning Mule Deer come down to nosh on Raul’s tomatoes. Families of Chukar Partridges venture down as well, their clucking and chukking exploding into a fearful feathery cloud when surprised.

But the deer? If their brunching is interrupted, they continue sampling tomatoes, dropping one to nibble another and dropping it for then another, slightly raising their heads as though eyeing the intrusive buffet busboy, checking to see if I’m there to replenish the salads. And only when physically confronted by threatening rudenesses will they disdainfully bound up the slope, staring down just beyond reach, waiting for the vulgar help to leave so they can have a little chat with the maitre d’.

Kamloops, British Columbia, (“Kamloops” is the anglicized version of the Shuswap word “Tk’əmlúps“, meaning “meeting of the waters”–the North and South Thompson join to become the Thompson River) officially has the hottest and driest summers in Canada, with the hottest recorded temperature of 41.7C (107F), with the coldest being -38.3C (-37F). The humidity is almost always between 20-40%, and so is designated as part of the desert region extending up through the interiors of Oregon and Washington States.

‘Kamloops Ponderosa Pine Hills’, watercolour, 8″ x 16″, Arches #140 Cold Press Paper, by Lance Weisser [sold]

This week promises to be our first of the season hot weather, with temperatures in the mid to high 30s (93 – 97F). Up until now, we’ve had unseasonably wet and moderate days, with almost zero instances of wildfire, our greatest seasonal hazzard.

6 Responses to “The Returning of Hot Days”



  2. …..Barry, you always bring a smile to my face. I do hope you and yours are well and weathering all this with a certain elan. What a bizarre time it’s turning out to be, eh?


  3. …..oh Kerfe, the very word ‘raccoons’ = brazen. They so overrun many cities (thankfully not ours–yet) I’m waiting for the day when they win the right to vote. Thank you for being so supportive.

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  4. memadtwo said

    Your painting looks like it should be on a Chinese scroll. We don’t have deer (yet) in the city, but the raccoons have exactly the same attitude. Your description of them munching tomatoes made me smile. (K)

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  5. No COVID in those woods. Love it.

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  6. artbykcp said

    Always so interesting to see your stories and art. Take care and continue to enjoy nature beyond your back door.

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