Thursday, 22 April 2010
Every year I look out for the annual return of the Swifts and this year they've beaten me to it! I was pottering around in the garden, sowing vegetable seeds and chatting away to a visiting Robin when, by chance, I glanced up into the sky and saw, wheeling away, quite high up, the unmistakeable crescent shape of a Swift!
Seeing the swifts each year for the first time fills me with total joy and, grinning like an idiot, I rushed inside to inform TLH that they were back. I then checked back on last year's first-swifts-of-the-year posting and it was 1 May. Apparently the year before that, 2008, they arrived on 3 May, a good 10 days later than this year. I've no idea why this should be - perhaps this spring is warmer than in previous years so has tempted them up from Africa sooner? Who knows. I'm just pleased they're here, that's all.
[P.S. This post was going to be a tutorial on how to make blackberry vodka, but that will have to wait until later, possibly quite a few days later as tomorrow is my thirty-seventeenth birthday and I intend to drown in Margaritas first....]
[PPS. Is that picture of the orchid at the top too large? It seems nice but a bit hulking to me....]