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Saturday, 8 May 2010
Hard to swallow.
The Swallow is viewed as one of the first signs of summer. To see them returned, having over-wintered in southern Africa, is always a special moment.
It takes them about four weeks to fly the 10,000 kms back to Europe, which is quite a feat in itself. Sadly, the one above then made that common mistake of thinking that all birds can fly through glass, and I found him early this morning in this very neat and peaceful crouched position, outside my studio window.
All of life is special (other than slugs, wasps, cockroaches, etc, etc), but these elegant little birds are extra-special, as they are very happy to live their lives in harmony with us humans. To have made all that effort to return to the exact location of our cottage, just to end up this way, is such a shame.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone (except the obdurate and dictatorial) is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 46 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away; we also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!