Earlier in the season, two young swallows somehow managed to become trapped in the stairwell of the haunted staircase.
Whilst it was worrying to see them stuck and trying to escape, it was also wonderful to watch their graceful flight and listen to them calling each other.
Then suddenly one was gone! It had flown at a weak point in the window, breaking the fragile lead and so pushing its way out.
The other was left perching on the window just looking.
It too was eventually rescued by a young lady from Vale Wildlife Hospital and set free to join the rest of the flight. She allowed me to look at it before she let it go.
I have never seen swallows at such close quarters before so decided to record the incident firstly with an oil painting, then a piece of stitched work.