24 May 2013

after the rain


Now I'm home, wrapped up in a woolly, I realise that it has actually been quite a busy week.  Hastings at the weekend for paintings and drawings at the elegant Jerwood, and later fish and chips; preparing for the WI AGM on Tuesday; sewing, yoga and pattern cutting classes on Wednesday; coffee and a quick trip around the Estuary exhibition at the Museum of London in Docklands today. So, tetchy and tired this evening, we called the boy and went out for supper, crossed over the bridge to the restaurant and noticed that the nest was empty.

Walking home over the canal, we passed the barges with their smoky chimneys. The path through the park smelt of damp and fox, the trees were full of birdsong, the air was cool and clear and clean. Outside the pavilion overlooking the small lake, a group of young women were spinning and swaying hula hoops in the half light.

There must be a family of swans out there somewhere too.

6 comments:

Jane Housham said...

This is so beautiful. An amazing photo, as ever. And lovely words. I thought for a moment that the empty nest was going to be tragic, but it's not. Thankful for that.

Liz said...

Sounds like a good week, though (and don't they pass quickly these days?). Hope the cygnets and their parents put in another appearance soon. (The two ducklings I told you I was concerned about, on the less than salubrious pond near here, vanished.)

annjennyg said...

Hello. I found your lovely blog after one of those circuitous internet journeys skipping and hopping from one blog to another.I've been reading for a few weeks and thought I would say hello. I love your photos and words.

Rattling On said...

So glad the swans are ok this year, the pair in the park here don't seem to be up to anything this year and there have only been a handful of ducklings. Maybe the cold has affected them?
The birdsong this year is fantastic1

Marianne said...

Reading this makes me homesick for London - cities can be as evocative as our rural idyll. Lovely post.

Joanna said...

Such evocative snapshots in your words and picture. I love the different slant you give on the city.