Penning up the sheep, to hold them in the shade, is a good strategy -- and makes it easy to feed those tasty oat bars (which lets us hang out in the shade for a while, too). On the hottest day, we moved our riding to the driveway in front of the house, which kept us away from the withering sun in the regular ring.
We cooled off with a visit to the creek, where we had an up-close encounter with a giant heron who nearly landed on top of us! Perhaps that was better than the first week's wildlife encounter -- a black snake that Martha had to remove from the gate with a pitchfork. Black snakes help us out by killing rats, so we carefully released him a ways down the hill: