Star power rules?

Tree AloneThis tree stands proudly on the Manama waterfront as if to say it has weathered the severely high temperatures and is ready for the pleasant months ahead.
A leading Bahrain astronomer claimed yesterday the worst of the summer is over and declared today as the first day of the ‘departure of the hot weather’. He attributed his findings to the ‘Suhail’ star rising over Bahrain skies.
Only as the day progresses will we know how successful our starry friend has been to bring the promised ‘cool breeze’ but by the feel of it (35 C at 5 am), seems unlikely the swelter is going away anywhere soon!

Monkey business

Monkey BusinessI took this picture of a monkey in Shimla, India, minutes after it had made off with a visitor’s packet of sweets that he was to offer at a temple. The ‘thief’ ensured he was at a safe distance but still visible and appeared to cock a snook at the worshipers with a ‘catch me if you can’ look. The ‘spoils’ of the loot are still visible on his face!

Tyson’s close shave

IMG_1504 IMG_1509 IMG_1513Tyson’s had a shave today – a really close shave – partly to help him beat the heat but mainly to deal with the mess of his 24×7 shedding hair by the bucketful.
We find him rather odd looking after spending nearly a hour and a half at the ‘saloon’ but he seems to be feeling ‘lighter’ and even more energetic.
The ‘stylist’ even gave him a ‘mohawk’ look to make him feel ‘modern’ and in keeping with the times. In retrospect, I feel a little ‘brush’ at the tip pf the tail would have stood out but, then, that’s done!
This is the first time in six years that Tyson’s been through this – even though he’s a regular at the vet for his periodic checks. This has given him a deadly Saluki look, which my daughter says is ‘horrible’. She claims she’s ‘shocked’ he would be shaved but admits it’s rather warm, especially for an animal who cannot shed any ‘clothes’ and has to make do with what he carries on his back.
I remember when we were kids, our house dogs were regularly shaved in the summer and they would have their thick coats back on in time for the severe winter. BUt with the weather in Bahrain ‘warm’ and ‘hot’, there’s no room for any cold season.
Nevertheless, Tyson will have his coat back in a couple of months, ready to negotiate, from the beginning of December, what we call the winter.
Meanwhile, I hops we will be free of the hair mess!