The baby blackbirds nesting in the eaves of Kenny’s shed have fledged too and were following me about as I cut the grass, looking for insects. We’ve agreed that Ben can’t be allowed off the lead in the garden, we’re not having birds scared by him. He’ll have to learn to leave them alone in the long run, but I don’t feel quite up to the risk of it all yet.
Anyway, we’re nearly on schedule for May’s work – that is, another good go tomorrow and it’ll be done, I hope, apart from taking down the summer house, which I always reckoned would wait for June, so only a slippage of a couple of days, the list having been labelled Spring 2013. I’ve added a few more jobs – five, in fact, three of which are to be done this month.
Enough about that? I agree. Erm, let’s see – oh yes, I know. I’ve been wondering, do people still bother with their reader statistics? I get an email every week saying how many each day and that sort of thing, but it’s usually pretty consistent and I don’t take much notice.
In fact, when I do delve into the details, I find that the majority of you are regular visitors. I always reckon this place is like a soap or daily serial. Read it once or twice and it’s pretty uninteresting, but keep going for a week or two and it grows on you, though you may not know why (I don’t either). Fairly consistently, about 65% of hits are from this country and another 25% from the US and Canada, but the rest are from all over. Mostly Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France and Ireland, but the final few can be from anywhere. In the last five days there was someone in Budapest and another in Brasilia, for example. I had a visitor from Dubai a week or two back, though that might have been a friend who was there on business. Among French readers, I have a fairly regular visitor from Paris, but I’ve never had a comment from that part of France – you’re most welcome of course, I don’t expect you to comment. The German visitor is, I presume, Mago, because there’s usually only one but it’s a regular and there’s no referring link (for those who don’t know, that suggests you’ve got it bookmarked so come straight here). Other friends click through from blog to blog, eg via Tim or Rog, and one-off visitors arriving hopefully in search of information type something about razor-blades or plastic bags in their search engine and find that I’m no help at all.