There are some welcomes that you remember for ever and the welcome I had at Eden Project a few days ago was truly memorable!
The welcome from the humans was good - but the welcome from the birds was great. I decided to have a late breakfast of coffee and Danish in the terrace restaurant in the Mediterranean biome and I soon had several twittering friends demanding their share.
The cheekiest of course was the robin. He came right up to the plate.
The blackbirds weren't far behind. The females especially were very determined to get their share and they saw off several other feathered diners.
Shyest of my table companions were the finches. For a long time they sat on nearby chairs and watched the shemozzle at the table but when the others weren't looking they too came and shared my Danish pastry.
The waitress told me that the birds had been born in the biome and never left it. I felt that I was the guest, invited to the birds' table but that it was a bring-and-share meal.
I have to confess I had a second Danish - but only because I wanted to share it with the birds. Honest