Happy and Sad

Hubby and I were up early even though we’d slept late, if that’s not a contradiction in terms.
river boatIn this picture, you can see four vents running along the centre of our roof, and there are two others left and right beyond the kitchen hatchway (Fred’s keeping guard) over our seating area.
The one in the foreground is over the bedroom, so in the summer, it acts as a natural alarm clock as it lets the light in above our heads.
Today has dawned bright and sunny, so we got up to take the dog out for her first walk, deciding to go along the lock instead of round the Avenue. It was 7.30.

Getting off the boat, I noticed a duck on the bank, and reaching for my camera (which I had remembered to put in my pocket), I hoped it was Mother Duck, though Dad was nowhere in sight.
Sure enough, she dipped into the water quickly followed by her babies and I got these.
our ducklings our ducklings 2
The other four shots were useless as they were all fuzzy, and these little furballs can’t ‘arf shift!

We had a pleasant but otherwise uneventful walk, and on the way back I went over the check the swans’ nest.
abandoned eggAs thought, the final egg has been abandoned and I have missed Mother Swan carrying her babies on her back to the river bank (and protection of the reeds from predators) across the way.

Here are some google images (I hope to get just one similar!)
swan back swan back 2 swan back 3 swan back 4


About pensitivity101

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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4 Responses to Happy and Sad

  1. scifihammy says:

    Lovely photos πŸ™‚ One of the advantages of living on the river – and getting up early to walk Maggie πŸ™‚

  2. DM says:

    they really do that? carry their babies on their back? That would be a treat to see! How long do they do that? for the first week or two?

    • From what I’ve read, the cygnets take to the water after two or three days, though it is not unusual to see an adult with the youngsters on their back. There are images in google showing this, and I had really hoped to see it for real. (I’ll add some to my post for you). This may be for a week or so, so I may still get lucky! πŸ™‚

  3. I’m so glad you remembered the camera! I hope you get a shot with the babies on the swan’s back – I’ve seen loons doing it here, but never a swan (and the loons only have one or two babies, so I’m guessing the swans are a far more amusing sight).

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