Brian Wildsmith, illustration from The North WInd and the Sun, 1964,
For the past few days I was laying in bed, floored by a monster cold so strong that I couldn't even get up
and reach my computer (a really bad sign for me). Outside, black clouds and pouring rain most of the time,
so it was hard to remember that after all it is May, traditionally my favorite time of year.
At least there was a cheerful note: the beautiful soundtrack of birdsongs coming through my window,
and selfishly I have never been more grateful to Sebastiano for constructing bird feeders
and keeping them well stocked at all times... and of course, thank you birdies!
Takeo Takei print, 1974,
Josef Palacek, illustration from Je ne me plais pas partout, Hatier, 1973,