The garden looked fresh and alive after two rainy days. I walked around in late afternoon sun and there were clumps and patches of bluebells everywhere.
The heady scent of Viburnum burkwoodii mixed with the soft perfume of bluebells.
The recent rain has been welcomed by those busy building their nests. Wet, muddy puddles in the fields
saw swallows collecting mud in their beaks, to repair and rebuild last year`s nests in readiness for this summer`s brood of chicks.
So far, only one pair of swallows has arrived home. It is so good to listen to their chittering chatter again, as they perch on the fence rails together and put the world to rights. The rain has encouraged clouds of midges and flies to hatch. The swallows swoop and dip over fields and muck heaps to catch their dinner on the wing.
Three more nests await their owners. Hopefully they will be with us again in the coming weeks.