Sadly the swallows were too quick for me to get a good photo, so this
illustration from the RSPB will have to do.
It was Aristotle who famously said...
'One swallow does not make a summer'
...and by three o'clock, as the dark clouds set in and the rain came tumbling down, I felt a renewed understanding of those wise words. Here in the UK, our weather can be so temperamental that sometimes it does not feel like we have a proper summer at all.
And then I thought, if we can't always have the sun, what does make summer here?
...these play a pretty big part!
And so I spent the rest of my afternoon cheerfully potting up a hanging basket of strawberry plants for outside my window.
As I filled my humble basket with the nutritious soil and watered in my little summer-fruit bearing plants, I smiled thinking that this is exactly what May day is a celebration of: the start of things to come. It marks the beginning of the season which will provide us with food to harvest, in a month or two.
Or perhaps even sooner, in the case of this little one...
Strawberry plants are pretty versatile and can be grown in all sorts of pots and containers, as long as they have drainage. I was really pleased with my basket which, when I look out of my window, will remind me of the harvests yet to come, both in my garden and in my life.
I can't wait to taste the fruits of my labour soon - hopefully to be enjoyed with a little bit of that elusive sunshine.