When the days are so hot you just want to sit and daydream, read a book, or listen to the birds I have two favorite places in my yard. One is under an old oak tree in my front yard. From here I can watch the passerby and wave to the neighbors. I laid some paving stones over the bare spot under the tree because as most of you know growing grass under a huge oak is an exercise in futility
In the backyard I choose my yellow swing where there is always a breeze no matter how scorching hot the day. My grandchildren loved this swing and I always had a mud or dust hole under it. So I salvaged old bricks wherever I could find them and just laid them on the ground. They work great and give me a solid surface under the tree.
While I swing with my eyes closed just enjoying the moment my resident wren sings me a song. I hope you can see her sitting on the pole that the birdhouse hangs from. (Wish I had a camera with a telephoto lens).