Saturday, 25 May 2019


Yes, they’re back. Which means (as Ted Hughes one wrote) the globe’s still working.

You’ll have to take it from me that this is a genuine picture of one, spied today. I’ve seen swallows, too: they’re suddenly all there, filling the summer skies when just a day or two ago, here in Lincolnshire, there were none to be seen.

As you get older I think you get more excited by the nature’s annual rounds... at least, I do. As A.E.Housman wrote: “take from seventy springs a score/It only leave me fifty more.” In my case, take from seventy springs two score and ten and that really doesn’t leave very long.

So, forgive me for being just a little bit excited...

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