The farmer must be getting better - he actually joked with me just now as he passed by the computer on his way downstairs after his shower. I had just put my blog up and he looked at the header. I asked him where the church was (we were married in it twenty three years ago this August) and he said it was somehow familiar and he was sure he had been there (he went to Sunday School there until he was about fourteen) but he just couldn't think where it was!
Of course he admitted the truth after a minute, but at least he was not in the state he has been in for the past fortnight -so he is well on the mend.
Now to what I was really going to say today. The birds are well and truly beginning to nest around here now. I think there must be a blackbird nesting every twenty or thirty yards along the hedges in our fields as the hedges are full of them. The front garden, which still has not had its winter dead foliage removed, is full of blackbirds gathering nesting material (and is as good a reason as any for leaving the foliage on until clearing it one day around now when the weather urges you to get out into the garden). There are two pairs of yellowhammers who almost live under our bird table pecking up anything which the tits drop (for every seed they eat they seem to drop around fifty on the floor). The farmer has seen them in the hedge so I am sure they will nest here as they always do. The clematis which climbs through the tree peony in the front garden and makes a pretty good thicket is always nest to a few birds - often hedge sparrows and there are certainly birds flitting in and out. The nest boxes all seem to be occupied. Whether Mrs Pheasant has decided on the front garden as her possible nest site I don't know, but I do know that when we clear the rubbish we must go carefully so that if she has we can make sure we leave her adequate cover.
Next - and final - topic for today. Last Sunday evening about ten of us went round to a friend's house for supper - she is a wonderful cook and the spread she laid on was magnificent. One thing she made was a marvellous salmon mousse which, as she said, makes a small tin of salmon go an awful long way. If anyone would like the recipe I will ask her if she minds me passing it on - she obviously got it from a recipe book originally but has adapted it so much to her own needs I am sure it wouldn't be breaking any copyright.