One of the enjoyable aspects of being in our Italian house is that I can see many interesting sights especially from a balcony or upstairs windows. Being Springtime the birds were very active and one day I spotted great tits flying in and out of the unused postbox that had been put in a retaining wall on the driveway before the entrance gate was installed. It's a good place for nesting activity because the box is never disturbed. When I went to get a closer look I could see that the birds had been dropping twigs inside until the space inside was filled up nearly to the slit at the top. Certainly I wanted them to continue undisturbed so my photos were taken from a distance, some of them when I had the cover of the pillared wall opposite the postbox. Perching on the bars of the closed gate a bird would fly swiftly into the slit before swooping away again. With plenty of scope for finding grubs around the garden and the land beyond these little birds seemed to favour the cypress trees. The evergreen leaves were a good cover for them as well as a source of food.
Thank you for your good wishes for my birthday. I had a lovely day with our local family. The plan to go out for a meal with them was not to be. Our granddaughter had been helping a flatmate clean and move out of her flat as for some students studies and exams are over for the academic year. Our granddaughter slipped on a wet floor they had been cleaning and injured her wrist. It turned out that when she was treated at accident and emergency it was found that she had a break on the bone below the thumb. A temporary plaster cast was put on and our daughter went by car and brought her back home as our granddaughter couldn't, of course, travel by train as planned. Fortunately our granddaughter had taken her last exam for this year the day before the accident. Yesterday Mr P and I went with her to our local fracture clinic as her mother was working, to have the permanent plaster cast put on and another xray was taken. Being the right hand and writing hand manoeuvrings are difficult, but now she needs to allow the break to heal with an appointment to go back to the clinic in mid June. We're so pleased that she's been enjoying her first year at university and she was still able to be with us for my birthday. Our daughter cooked a delicious meal at her home and there was birthday cake and thoughtful gifts given, some garden related. There will be more birthday moments to enjoy when Mr P and I see our other daughter and family at the weekend.
I hope all is well with you. Wishing you a good day,