It is proving difficult to write a blog about Bodrum this month as I've only been there for 48 hours in the last 30 days, but looking through my photo album has provided inspiration. This photograph is a recent favourite. I was siting on the terrace in June, reading a book, when this bird swooped over my head and perched on a nearby pine. Luckily, I was reading on my ipad so I switched apps and took this shot. I hadn't seen a hoopoe for a while so was very excited to catch this one on film. I always feel that I'm living somewhere exotic when a hoopoe visits.
The sight also took me back over 20 years to our first weeks in the house. I was so overwhelmed by the number of birds in the garden that I used to spend most of my time with binoculars and no time with a duster or vacuum cleaner. I'm not very house-proud anyway but with the wildlife distracting me, the house was getting progressively more untidy. When my old friend Jane visited, she berated me for my messy house. I stood my ground, giving the hoopoes in the garden as an excuse. She has never let me forget this and blames hoopoe-watching for anything I forget to do.
I'm using the hoopoe excuse now - there are plenty of jobs to do in my mother's house in Dorset, but I'm writing about this beautiful crested bird instead.