I was delighted today to see the swan pair returning to the very same nest that they used last year, with a few home improvements evident. There is something reassuring in the seasonal continuity.
The swans, and later accompanied by their cygnets, spend the Summer slowly sailing up and down the fenland lodes. Their nest is where the dyke has been widened to create a large pond and they have chosen a spot along one of the reedy edges. Their nest remained largely intact over Winter.
They look so calm and quiet going about their business and create a very peaceful scene. To be led beside still waters does indeed restore the soul. The quietude is in keeping with the solemnity of the next few days and I will no doubt return during the week to come.