Trish and Jeff and Tristan and Finnley are up for the weekend. It was intensely hot today, near 90, and we had an early dinner with Doug, Anne, and Rob. I grilled chicken, sausages, hot dogs, and asparagus, and felt like I was being grilled myself, from sun above and embers below at the same time. It was wonderful later in the evening when the heat finally dropped. Jeff and I were having a little Scotch when I realized I hadn’t yet climbed the tree. They, having just heard about the tree, wanted to come out to see it, so we troop out into the dark and feel our way across the lawn toward the tree house. I climb carefully, feeling the Scotch only slightly, and it is strange to hear voices coming through the blackness from below. Usually the night is empty when I climb, except for peepers or fireflies or woodcocks, and maybe the wind, or the moon, or a billion stars. It’s kind of fun to have people down there beneath me in the dark.