Y'all might remember that our house has a large bank of solar panels on the roof. Denis and I both think it makes sense to harness the power of the Arizona sun, and we always have a surplus of electricity to sell back to Salt River Project. We've gone solar in other ways, too.
We have solar fountains and lights in the back garden, and that large yellow duck you see in the pool is solar-powered, too.
You may take a look at those large blue rings and think that aliens have landed and are holding a convention at Casa Kittling, but they take advantage of the sun to warm the water in the pool. We got them too late to prolong this season's pool time, but I'm really hoping that they'll be the bees' knees for next year, allowing me to get in sooner and stay in longer. By the way, if you think you see a snake in the pool, that's the garden hose. I decided to interrupt fountain and birdbath filling to take a photo.
Time to wind up the hose and head out to the corral. I have some links that want to tickle your fancy. Head 'em up! Mooooooooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Ancient space debris created the hottest temperature yet recorded on Earth.
- The world has millions of colors. Why do we name only a few?
- The Jane Austen polymer £10 note has entered circulation.
- Bookstagrammers are gaining influence in a diffuse marketplace.
- Lisa Peet on reading her mother's mind: packing up a personal library.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Ancient shipwrecks discovered at the depths of the Black Sea's Dead Zone are perfectly preserved after thousands of years.
- Archaeologists in Norway may have unearthed a Viking boat grave.
- The discovery of porpoise bones at a medieval site on an English Channel island has mystified archaeologists.
- Archaeologists don't always need to dig-- they've got drones.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Four strange ways dogs have earned their keep.
- 42 of the world's most radiant animals.
- The editors' favorite entries to the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest.
- An octopus "city" has been discovered off the coast of Australia.
- The world's biggest and smallest animals face the greatest risk of extinction.
- How baby owls nap without falling from their trees.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Celebrate 150 years of Arthur Rackham, the illustrator who brought children's books to life.
- Victoria and Abdul: the friendship that scandalized England.
- Author Attica Locke on the rise of the Aryan Brotherhood, and never quite leaving East Texas.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Ten gritty crime novels that will take you to the 1970s New York City of The Deuce.
- Seven detective series perfect on on-screen adaptation.
- The ten best sleep books to read now.
- Ten lessons every 21st-century woman can learn from Jane Austen.
- Twelve literary writers on Stephen King's influence.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!