One swallow doesn't make a summer but a whole nestful does!
When the parents of this brood built their nest on the top of an old door propped up in a building in our yard I thought there was little hope of them hatching. They had chosen a place that we use every day; where we store the dog food and where Chris keeps his tools. Every time we went in the parent bird abandoned the nest and her eggs. There was only one solution - a mammoth tidy up and a re-housing of anything we used regularly.
The plan worked. They have all successfully fledged and each evening join the dozens of other young swallows learning to swoop and dive and catch food on the wing.