We have said our goodbyes ..
'Our' swallows have now flown with their successful broods reared in the barns and fully fledged .
Their recent excited 'limbering up', an inspiring whirl of wings and chattering mutual encouragement on our power cables in recent days preceded an unannounced energetic dawn 'lift off' starting that brave journey to warmer climes . Au revoir!
It would be like a vacuum but a proud and handsome young male(european) robin now claims the spot on the cable to open his throat and sing his heart out in autumn song....He will keep us company in winter, with a wistful though companionable song in the shorter days.
As I walk the dog at dusk I catch glimse of a skein of geese travelling powerfully east ,their calls a deeply moving sound in the heavens ,signalling their flight path to icy wastes: a humbling lesson in mutual support and encouragement, and optimism .....Until next spring!!
Transitions are not easy.....