hi all, i do realize this picture is no beauty, but i didn’t want to linger and disrupt the activity that’s happening under the eaves of the guest house in the backyard: excitement! two tiny grey birds are building a nest in the clematis! (maybe that’s the reason i forgot to prune it back this year.) we’ve been watching them work from the kitchen window, flurrying about, collecting their softy mosses and working up their architectural plans. maybe there’ll be babies out there come summer? that would sure be swell. i’ll keep you posted.