I have not been putting blogs on this weekend as I have had a run of visitors. The first very welcome visitors though we last Wednesday, when our first two swallows arrived. I was so pleased to see them arrive on the same day, because last year one poor swallow sat on the wires for a fortnight before any more joined it. So far there are no more but it is such a joy when they return to the same barn each year. We have maybe a dozen nests and they go on being repaired and spring-cleaned each year and then we have a hoard of swallows ready to depart each Autumn. Isn't nature awesome - not least because of what Libby Purves in today's Times calls Mount Unpronounceable - what a spectacular sight and what a timely warning that we are not as in charge of things as we like to think we are.
As for other visitors - a niece staying overnight - lovely to catch up on family chat. She brought with her a huge bunch of roses and they have scented the whole house throughout the weekend.
Then also a visit from grandchildren. Gone are the days when I could put the toy farm out on the carpet and they would play with it for hours. They are now 24,21 and 17, so they fill the kitchen and eat all my grapes from the fruit bowl while we are talking. They also managed to relieve me of a heap of Twix chocolate bars. I was very grateful as the news from my doctor is that I must lose some weight.
Now to my inspirational book. Sorry about the quality of the photograph but the book is covered in a shiny plastic jacket, so it is hard to take a good shot of it. If you read Ted Simon's original book "Jupiter's Travels" - about Simon's journey more or less round the world on his motor bike. The original book was the inspiration for "Long Way Round" and Simon had the idea to repeat the journey for his seventieth birthday. It is a fantastic read (I have just read it through twice as I enjoyed it so much) and such an inspiration for anyone over sixty! Do give it a go.
Must go now as I have just had a phone call to say that my grandchildren are popping in on their way to the station. Enjoy your week.
Sorry no Poetry bus entry this week - I have not had the quiet time necessary for poetic thinking.