Little Danbo: How to Beat the Summer Heat


“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees
on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

~ John Lubbock

Summer Heat Wave

I have always loved a good summer heat wave, but its been so hot here lately, that even I’ve been dreaming about cooler weather. Leave it to Little Danbo, though, to figure out how best to enjoy this heat wave—he spent the whole of the afternoon cloud-watching as he dreamily floated about in his new makeshift swimming pool.

I suspected something was up when I returned home from running a few errands this afternoon and discovered the kitchen in a bit of disarray—the door to my casserole dish cupboard had been left open, I was missing a few bowls, a large wooden spoon and a cast iron frying pan, and there was a trail of water drops leading from the kitchen sink to the balcony garden. I followed the trail out to the garden where I discovered that the Danbo Brothers had built themselves a swimming pool on the top of my patio table.

Somehow, the boys had hoisted my favourite casserole dish to the tabletop using a surprisingly sophisticated pulley system constructed entirely out of old wooden spools, sewing bobbins, kitchen twine and my cast iron frying pan (which hung as part of the mechanism, serving as the perfect counterweight). How exactly they filled the pool is still a bit of a mystery (though I did notice that my new copper watering can was out of place).

Although I’m certain that Big Danbo had a sizable hand in the pool project, he dealt with the heat differently (probably due to his experience with the Hawaiian sun), opting to stay cool indoors, seated next to an oscillating fan, reading Ladybugs of Alberta, by John Acorn.


“Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy.
To do nothing and have it count for something.
To lie in the grass and count the stars.
To sit on a branch and study the clouds.”

~ Regina Brett


 “To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie—
True Poems flee—.”

~ Emily Dickinson


Whiling away a hot summer’s day.


“The sky is that beautiful old parchment
in which the sun and the moon keep their diary.”

~ Alfred Kreymborg




“You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.”

~Henry David Thoreau


“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

~ Bertrand Russell


It’s a chicken! No, wait! It just turned into a… poodle!


Hamlet:  “Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel?”

Polonius:  “By th’ mass and ’tis, like a camel indeed.”

Hamlet:  “Methinks it is like a weasel.”

Polonius:  “It is backed like a weasel.”

Hamlet:  “Or like a whale.”

Polonius:  “Very like a whale.”


~ William Shakespeare


Danbo_WelcomeOPT2To find out who the Danbo Brothers are and how they came into my life, check out my previous post: Meet the Danbo Brothers.





6649835141_826ef0663d_oFor more Danbo Adventures, see The Danbo Brothers Category






Image Credits:

All photographs by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2011-2015 madlyinlovewithlife

19 thoughts on “Little Danbo: How to Beat the Summer Heat

  1. Little Danbo has reason to relax in the coolness of the water in this heat …
    It is beautiful little Danbo. The clouds are beautiful.
    With me, it was very hot last week and it starts from this weekend with a dryness happens …! ! !
    I wish you a beautiful Sunday Jeannie.

    • Thanks, Jet! The Brothers really do know how to seize the moment. And I did, in fact, manage to splash a hand around the pool for a bit—it was most refreshing! Thanks for stopping by to join in the fun. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :))

  2. That little guy sure had the right idea. I love all the photos:) Thanks for the visiting me on my Flickr page!

  3. Oh Jeannie,
    This post brought a huge smile to my face.
    We’ve been having a heat wave too, and like you, as much as I try to appreciate all kinds of weather, I’m dreaming of cooler days. The Danbo Brothers, with their can-do attitude and ingenuity, never fail to amaze! And I admire how they make the most of any situation.
    Wishing you and your partner a great week ahead!!

    • Hello Takami! I too find the Danbos truly inspiring—nothing seems to faze them. I try as best I can to take a page from their book and be as unflappable as they are. I’m happy to report that the weather has cooled significantly here and today we are all enjoying a cool rainy day to the fullest. The Danbos love to get in the kitchen and cook on days like today. Stay cool! Enjoy your weekend! :))

  4. Jeannie, your imagination is not only wonderful and artistic, your ability to communicate them is superb. Your pictorial was flawless, with excellent lighting and focus. I sure hope you didn’t charge them a sitting fee!

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