For those of you who wonder why Simon took on this monumental task (I am one of them) and how he has remained enthusiastic and optimistic through some pretty difficult times, the obvious answer is the sense of achievement when progress is made – especially against those difficulties. The other answer is the pleasure that his habitat often gives him. In spite of some inclement weather at this time of year, there are tranquil periods to be enjoyed. Recently he removed one of the pictures which cover the windows in his living quarters, and created an instant ‘picture window’ (Photo 1321).
The views and (absence of) sound-track are so much better than those of his flat in London (Photo 1322).
To cap it all the swans come calling (Photo 1323).