The gardens of Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener!


10 May 2014

Cuckoos & Swallows at P.T.C.

Our cuckoos arrived on 21st April (the 12th is the earliest) this year and we've been listening to their calls ever since.  They even woke us up this morning and never seem to tire of incessant calling.  I'd love to say these  photo are ours but, alas, not.  We've seen them loads of times - up in the oak tree at the end of the drive and also on the telephone wires but I just didn't have a camera to hand.  There's something quite special working in a garden with cuckoos for company.

This morning, I saw our first swallows!  It's been a few years since they actually nested at PTC and we live in hopes they'll build here again.  In the meantime, we love to see them swooping and dipping, catching insects on the wing and listening to their animated twittering! It's just so incredible that these birds travel so far just for a season and then undertake such immense distances all over again.

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