Swallows and our own Amazon

There was a firework display somewhere last night, and poor Maggie didn’t know where to put herself. It was loud and went on for about 20 minutes. I don’t want to have to resort to doggy medication, but she was still shaking an hour later, so we may have to.  Eventually she settled though and was soon giving it ZZZzzs as was Hubby beside me.
We had a fair bit of ‘not nice’-ness thrown at us yesterday, but best to experience it now in the early days as everything is going to be so different.
This morning, we awoke fully rested at 6am, and Hubby got dressed to take her out for her first walk of the day (I usually do the last one) .
What a glorious morning!
marinaWho can possibly complain when you look out of your window and see this? Even on a grey day (after the thunder and rain yesterday) it’s wonderful and relaxing.

In a post a little while ago, I mentioned the swallows that used to sit on the wires outside the front of our house every year. I never seemed to have the camera handy, but this year I was hoping to get a picture of these beautiful creatures before they left for their long journey in September/October. Sadly I never managed it.
There are lots of swallows here though, and this morning, there were 8 sitting on the metal bar over our bow and another dozen or so on the boats either side of us.

swallowaerialThis was taken from our port (left) window, with NO ZOOM.
My camera is going to be busy, as in addition to the mallards, we have 2 rather large and unusually marked grey/brown ducks (may even be related to the Egyptian variety), a cocky but lone heron, a family of moorhens and a pair of swans, which are absolutely huge!

One of the cruisers has just gone out on the water, the gentle ripples of its wake rocking our boat. Hubby and the dog are fast asleep, and apart from the breeze whispering through the trees along the dog walk and rooster duck and her mates holding a conversation, it’s really quiet.

Town is just a 10 minute walk away, which will be great on market days as we won’t have to take the car. It has practically everything we need, but there is a large supermarket about 2 miles down the road, and a cheaper outlet about the same distance in the opposite direction.
Shopping day tomorrow.
trolleyOne thing’s for certain, I won’t be bulk buying!


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to Swallows and our own Amazon

  1. Crooked Tracks says:

    Do you fish from your boat?

    • We can, and have seen several people doing so here in the marina. Like everything else though, Hubby needs to get a licence. He will also need a rod as he got rid of all of his tackle at the car boot sales last year! Knowing him though, he’d think nothing of using a reel of twine, piece of bread for bait attached to a safety pin and the tent poles!!

  2. I still can’t get over the delight I feel at knowing you’re safe and snug as a bug–a water bug that is. And I never would have thought that a canal boat would have been the answer, but it sounds so superbly perfect that it makes me smile from ear to ear.
    I did a house boat vacation with my family down the Thames about 4 years ago. I will never, ever forget it, and now you are living that vacation!
    I’m so happy for you both and I wish you quiet, restful, rocking nights of peaceful slumber.

    • How kind you are. Thank you so very much.
      We certainly didn’t anticipate this as a solution. However, waking up to this peaceful environment every morning is a pleasure. Hubby is more rested than I can remember (he’s having a conversation with a rather curious duck at the moment) and we are all sleeping so soundly, it’s unbelievable.
      We know it won’t always be this idyllic, and the winter months will be harsh, especially if we get frozen in. Rain will also be a problem getting the dog out to do her business and then getting her dry, but we both have a full set of waterproofs now, and she has her little jacket. I also keep a large towel by the door!
      We are making friends though, and one thing is clearly apparent, everyone helps each other out and it is such a nice community to be a part of, totally different from everywhere else we have lived. The Marina staff are excellent, helpful and on hand, and everywhere is kept exceptionally clean and tidy.

      • It’s funny, isn’t it, how fate has such different plans for us then we anticipated? I’m so looking forward to hearing about the new chapter of adventures that will unfold for the three of you. Bon voyage!

      • Again, thank you. We are indeed looking forward to taking the boat out on the river before too long. Baby steps though, we want to get use to living in a small space before we confuse the poor dog even further by puttering away from the pontoon!

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