This afternoon when I walked across the patio barefoot it was so hot it burned the soles of my feet;, I decided to find out whether it was hot enough to fry an egg. I didn't want to make a mess of egg on the patio pavers, so I used a cast iron frying pan, which after about 10 minutes seemed as hot as the pavers (but is probably not a true test). Brendan helped me so I could get a photo. I am disappointed to report that we did not successfully fry an egg. We did measure the temp of the surface with our gun-like oven thermometer, however, and learned it was 125 F.
Despite the oppressive heat it was a productive day. I worked with the bees with my mentor Tom (see upcoming bee post) , Rog and I mowed the entire estate, we finished cleaning out the loafing shed and put down fresh bedding, to mention a few accomplishments. Each of these tasks left us drenched in sweat.
Tonight a cold front is coming through and we are in for thunderstorms with the unstable weather transition. The temperature dropped 20 degrees. The wind picked up, branches swished and the windmill spun crazily. As the first huge raindrops hit, the fragrance of the air became deliciously earthy and fresh. I sat on the steps and turned my camera to "video" to try to capture a few moments of relief.