Have your swallows flown south, yet?
Here in Aberdeenshire the swallows and martins have almost all begun their long journey south. I've noticed a handful left, balancing upon the telegraph wires, and expect them to be gone in the next few days.
I thought it might be interesting to track their progress towards their winter quarters. They usually arrive here in mid April, and leave by mid September, and this year seems to be no different.
It would be nice to know when they leave, say, the north of England, the midlands and north and mid Wales, down through the home counties and into Essex, Sussex, Devon and Cornwall...and so on, over the channel.
They put an inverted comma round 'summer' so now, I suppose, that's that, until next April.
Here's wishing them a safe passage and a happy return.
FIDDLESTICKS AND FLAPDOODLE!