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  • My bedroom window is quite large. It is a big old sash window and when it is open, it is creates a large airy opening that has the feeling of bringing the outside inside.

    This morning, I was woken by the usual sound of the birds singing for their breakfast and their usual "Get up Steve" wake up call.

    However, this morning they decided I would not lay in bed any longer than necessary. If they were up, they would make sure I was up, and a little of outside really did come inside.

    Fortunately, I keep a bamboo blind over the window. It still lets the light and air in but helps keep the bees and butterflies out.

    There was a small commotion right outside my window. A frantic flapping of wings. It sounded as though a bird had perched right on the frame of the open window. The the flapping became louder and more frantic, the blind moved and a shadow flitted too and fro. A swallow had decided I was not going to stay in bed so made as much noise as it could to ensure I was awake and out of bed.

    I left the blind down and slid behind it form the side opposite where the Swallow was. It was just sitting on the window ledge, wings outspread, looking at me. I slid the window up to give it a large enough opening to fly out. It sat there for a moment, it's little claws clinging to the edge f the open window. It gave me one last look, flapped its wings and it ws gone.

    I'm sure it gave me a wink and a cheeky little smile as it departed.
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