Monday, 19 April 2010

Visitors!


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.

14 comments:

jinksy said...

An empty fruit bowl is a small price to pay for a visit from grandchildren! :)

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Sometimes just living and loving is poetry in itself!

Elizabeth said...

Sounds as if you are stunningly busy!
Have a super week.

Robin Mac said...

That sounds like a really good read - I think people who risk their lives on motorbikes are totally crazy, but I am happy to read about their escapades. The word verification is a bit like the Mount Unpronounceable - axitioni - very appropriate I thought. Enjoy your week. Cheers, Robin

dinesh chandra said...

good post.

regards

dinesh chadra

Derrick said...

Haven't had a twix bar in years, Weaver; the calorie count is never uppermost!

Pondside said...

Grandchildren coming and going and coming back again - lovely!
I'll have to look for that book - we can all use a little inspiration.

Heather said...

Lovely visitors - each and every one. Wonderful to have swallows nesting and returning each year. Sad as I am that our son and his wife are deprived of their well deserved week in Venice, I think it is right that 'nature rules' and our airports grind to a halt. It does rather put us in our place. I've missed the Poetry Bus this week too. That book sounds fascinating.

Cloudia said...

Beemers, grandkids, & Twix. Lovely!






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RedWriter said...

I have just been reading your blog and it is so entertaining. Being a fellow Yorkie and mother to a Border Terrier I think I might keep paying your blog a visit. :)
Thanks for a good read.

xx

Totalfeckineejit said...

Oh, woe is me! And Oh woah are all my donkeys that lined up to be photographed.I even got my ass out specially for you Weaverand you didn't even notice.Sniff. Have a looksy here when your visitors are gone. DONKEY

The Weaver of Grass said...

Jinksy's comment should be an English proverb I think.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for all the comments and also special thanks to TFE for providing me with a load of donkeys - if you love donkeys, do click on his logo at the bottom of this page.

The Solitary Walker said...

I agree, Ted Simon is great.