This morning I stepped out from the front door into a warm
basking sunlit street and walked down the hill to the corner shop.
Living in a village on the side of a mountain, the house
stands at 1150 ft above sea level, and as I turn the corner the view down the
valley this morning was just so impressive and wonderful.
The past month has seen such vast and quick changes to the
scenery as the mountain sides turned from their usual cover of winter brown to
every shade of green, and under the trees a sea of bluebells, and viewing the
valley this morning really makes one feel good to be alive.
The tiny wispy white clouds, set so high and getting smaller
by the minute as they were burnt off by the sun took my gaze to the number of
birds in sky as they flashed across my field of vision. It was then that I
noticed they were Swallows.
Not the more common Martins that we get here, but Swallows,
splendid in their blue and white livery, performing unbelievable aerobatics in
the sky whilst no doubt collecting breakfast.
Slightly earlier than normal this year, they must have flown
up from Africa over the past few days, and the only
thing I could think about was that their very arrival could only mean one
Summer is here. (and no, not a single thought about global
Summer now means, long cold drinks outside, blogging from
the garden instead of the office space in the back of the house. Oh joy. Yes,
its good to be alive.
Pity about the politics though. I just cannot get over how easy it seemed this morning, having to go out and do something without state help, going to the shop to pick up my over taxed cigarettes, cream laden milk, additive free bread, full fat butter and caffeine rich coffee which is needed for the long day ahead, negotiated the hill climb back up to the house, minding out for the pot holes left by the water contractors over the years, I even crossed the road on my own, and funnily enough it was all possible without the help of Nanny or an ID card.
I didn't even put a coat on, or a vest, and because we don't have CCTV in the village yet, NO ONE KNEW.