Yesterday morning didn’t begin well. I was without my trusty bicycle (which had been stolen earlier in the week), the morning looked murky and dull and I was certain that I would leave the Common with nothing to show for my grouchy, bikeless trudge. However, my heart lifted when I reached my favourite tree and saw the mist floating over the field and a slight hint of colour in the sky. It was going to be a beautifully misty start to the day, with the sun gradually making its way through, rather than a cloudy disappointment, after all.
At Ornamental Pond one of the mute swans further cheered my soul by deigning to do a morning flight for me. This turned out to be just the beginning of the day’s swan action.
A few minutes later an unwelcome visitor arrived. A mute swan trying to find himself a home.Unfortunately, he should not have listened to whatever instinct told him that the Ornamental Pond would be a good place to set up home. He was not made welcome by the two residents, and spent the morning being chased both on and off the water.To purchase an unmarked copy of this image, please click on this link
Despite receiving nothing but angry indignation from his unwilling hosts he rather failed to understand that three was going to be a difficult number. Eventually one of the Park Rangers took pity on him, bundled him into their truck, and took him to Riverside Park, where there is much more room for everyone.
The remaining pair of swans did a short victory lap, the Ornamental Pond returned to a tranquil state, and I went on my way, cheered by a beautiful morning in my green haven, and by the telephone call I had just received to inform me that a newly refurbished bicycle was ready for me to collect.
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