The couple who own the Italian delicatessen at the bottom of the High Street announced, a few weeks ago, that they were going back to Italy for a few weeks so that their new baby could be born in their home town. The shop has been closed for about a month now and has not yet re-opened, but by way of an announcement of a happy event, a big blue bow has appeared inside the glass door.
In the Grove, the showers have driven people away, but two magpies strut on the grass. People don't like magpies because they behave so badly to other birds, stealing their eggs and attacking their young, but you have to hand it to them, they have a presence. I am not quite sure what a dude is, but if the word applied to birds, I would say that magpies were dudes.
We have just acquired one of those cosmos plants that seem to be fashionable at the moment. It has pretty, chocolate coloured flowers which, a pleasant surprise, actually smell of chocolate.