I spent last week visiting my Mum in the UK to celebrate her 70th birthday. After almost 3 years of living in our little farmers cottage surrounded by fields, I’d forgotten what it’s like to live back on a housing estate with a garden overlooked by at least 4 houses! There’s nothing wrong with that, and it’s great for some people… but just not me!

concrete jungle
Mum’s garden

It was lovely seeing my Mum and everything but I couldn’t wait to get back to my little piece of countryside… and peace & quiet… where we only have the cows for neighbours πŸ™‚

cows in field
Hello πŸ™‚

So, once I was back home I spent as much time as I could re-acquainting myself with my views that I cherish and the birds that come to feed every day.

cow in field
Awww did you miss me?

The first thing I noticed was the number of Swallows flying around the house… they always make me smile as it means Spring has well & truly arrived! We’ve had Swallows and Housemartins nesting in the barns at the back of us each year we’ve been here.

swallow sitting on wire
2 swallows on barn roof

Unfortunately, I don’t think the Housemartins will be nesting in their usual spot this year – at the gable end of our cottage – as the House Sparrows have taken over the nest.

housemartins nest
Squatters have moved in!

The Housemartins haven’t returned yet but it’s only a matter of time before they come back to find their nest has squatters in it!

house sparrow sitting on wire in front of housemartins nest
The guilty party

I’ve heard the weather is supposed to be a lot warmer for Easter weekend. I hope so as we’re planning on starting the wildflower plot at the side of the house… if we get the seeds delivered in time that is!