Monday, 4 May 2020

Monday

Sad little story this morning.   A lady just down the road has a business which does shopping for us and leaves the bill in the box to be paid within seven days.   The same business also delivers milk, so there were two bills to pay this morning.  I decided to walk down and put the cheque through the letter box as she lives quite near to here.   In actual fact the walk was a little too far and down hill all the way there and uphill all the way back - not all that good for my ankle and knee,   However, I survived.

But on the way back I came upon a sad little scene.  On the side of the path was the body of a tiny swallow.   I wouldn't have thought the swallows had been here long enough to rebuild their nests, lay eggs in them, hatch and then fledge them.   But this was without doubt a swallow and it was a fully fledged swallow, far too small to be a last year's bird.   It was totally unmarked and so beautiful, so have no idea how it had been killed.

After lunch friend W and I had a lovely Zoom meeting with P and D, the two friends we usually meet regularly for lunch in Kirkby Lonsdale, so that passed a lovely three quarters of an hour of pleasant chat.   Now all that remains to be done today is a pile of ironing and I intend to do that now.   So until tomorrow.

18 comments:

Derek Faulkner said...

So sad to think that the Swallow had probably just arrived after flying all the way from Africa, just to die or be killed.
Very warm and sunny day here on Sheppey.

thelma said...

It can be marvellous with all the birds coming back, but then there is always deaths as well. My little kitten has shot off twice with something in her mouth these last two days, baby fledglings beware if you fall out of the nest.

JayCee said...

As Derek said, it is very sad to see swallows perish after such a long and often hazardous journey to reach us from southern Africa. Years ago I watched a documentary following their journey. It was truly amazing.

A Smaller Life said...

I hate to see poor little bodies, especially such a little creature who has travelled so far. I'm a big softy and always acknowledge the death with a little whispered 'Thank you for your life.'

Rachel Phillips said...

You'll be running out of small talk at this rate with so many Zooms with the same people.

Brenda said...

Sounds like you are doing well on your Internet and with friends. I so prefer email and text-probably from working with the public for years in our business and then teaching for years. I do FACETIME hours and hours home schooling the two grandsons and one grand girl...love that. Day 52 of isolation-family drops food off outside. Hope you are doing great...you amaze me with your socializing when you are not in for this virus.

Heather said...

I am always sad to see a dead bird, but it does give us the opportunity to appreciate their beauty at close quarters.
I had a treat today. My son and his wife knocked on my window and suggested I make cups of tea for us all and we could sit outside at a safe distance from each other in our communal garden. There was another resident out there chatting with his daughter. So lovely to be in their company and to enjoy the sunshine.

Hildred said...

I must investigate and learn how Zoom chats work, - there are friends I would love to visit online....

The Weaver of Grass said...

We never run out of things to talk about Rachel - we have been meeting three or four times a week in 'normal' times for years.

Red said...

Some swallows are back here but it's a while before they will nest.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

It's a tough life being a little bird, only a few survive. Glad to hear you have so many friends willing to grapple with the technology that allows you to meet up virtually.

Cro Magnon said...

It's always sad to come across dead birds; especially if they are completely intact. I spent a couple of hours mowing yesterday and at one point disturbed a mouse who fled for his life as I approached him. Thank goodness he heard me coming.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks everyone. Lovely morning here.

Dartford Warbler said...

How sad about the swallow. Such a long way to travel to meet its end.

We usually have six swallows nesting here. So far only two have returned but they do seem to be a pair, so we hope for young ones.

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