Every year several families of swallows take up residence in the outbuilding where our washing machine lives. We clean the room in spring for the arrival of the birds and they repay us by crapping all over our laundry from April 'til September. This year one of our families seem to have missed the annual migration. The two 'kids' sit on the guttering all day and wait to be fed. They should be part way to Africa by now. I am tempted to Fed Ex them all to my friend in Cape Town as I worry about them setting off so late. They could be there in 48 hours and nabbing the best spot on the beach ahead of the others.
If you like the idea of swallows swooping around your home but without the poop then our swallow stencil might be the solution. I love the way that the design is so versatile. There are three individual swallows in differing sizes allowing you to dictate the height and the direction of their flight.
Elle Deco also showed their readers this version of our swallows. This is part of an image created by Despina Curtis and Jobe Lawreson in 2005. I particularly like the white birds stencilled over blue.
Oh, I nearly forgot, there is one more example to show you. I just ran to the house to photograph my swallow skirt. Here it is.. ..it was described by a young lady sharing an elevator with me in Baltimore as 'just the right side of creepy'. H.