May 23, 2014 § 8 Comments


swallows on the wing

cavorting on the marshes –

and multiplying


Photo courtesy of Pierfrancesco Micheloni and Ebbaken-Boje



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  • Lovely word, ‘cavorting’, conjures up such a picture of innocence, pleasure and joy. Lovely poem, Rachael.

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Thank you, Chris. It is a special little word. Suitable for lambs and other small creatures 🙂

  • SirenaTales says:

    Yes, LOVE “cavorting”–so evocative and apt. Thank you. xo

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      Thankie – although I think I might be going off the boil a bit!! And I hope you’re feeling a but more bright eyed and bushy tailed – which is one of those weird British expressions I’m rather fond of 🙂 Take care, Chloe x

  • Miranda Stone says:

    I agree with Chris; cavorting is fantastic. And isn’t that exactly what swallows do? (Forgive my ignorance, but since swallows inhabit the marshy areas, do they feast on bugs like swifts do? If so, they are dear friends of ours!)

    • Rachael Charmley says:

      I think the word was made for swallows and maybe lambs too! I can’t honestly tell the difference between swallows and swifts as their habits are pretty similar. I think they both loop about in a cavorting kind of way catching bugs though!
      PS. I watched a TV programme about the Appalachian mountains and its settlers on Wednesday. Such a tough life in such a beautiful place. I begin to understand your love of those mountains…

      • Miranda Stone says:

        They’re a dazzling sight to behold when they fly, aren’t they? And I think it’s the swift that constructs those fantastic “nests” out of dirt. Oh, I would have loved to have seen that program! I recently joined Pinterest, and one of my boards is titled “Appalachia.” The photos I’ve found are beautiful and heartbreaking. It never fails to amaze me how settlers eked a living out of a place that can be so unforgiving.

        • Rachael Charmley says:

          Yes. The presenter interviewed a few older people who still held memories of their relatives, and there are still homesteads around. I learn a lot from people who have lived or have lived through hardship and difficulty, particularly when they have done so close to the land.

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