New Arrivals

We’ve been away three days enjoying glorious sunny skies whilst the marina has apparently experienced bad weather.
We hit heavy rain on the motorway about 15 miles from home tonight, and hoped we wouldn’t get drenched unloading the car and taking our stuff down to the boat.
We were lucky as we drove out of it but still wanted to get home as soon as we could as it looked like we were in for a bit of a storm.
The air is hot, clammy and muggy, and I took this shortly after we’d offloaded everything from the trolley and got it aboard.
rainbow marinaYou can just make out the fading rainbow in the centre.

There are some new arrivals in the basin, ducklings only a couple of days old.
We have been missed by some of the other boat owners and they have filled us in about these cute fluffy additions.
It would appear this duck originally had six babies, but tonight is now down to three.
We were upset as after we’d unpacked, we took Maggie out for a walk and seen Mum with four babies, so one had been lost in such a short space of time.

I am pleased to say WE WERE WRONG!
Mummy Duck still had her four babies sheltered under her wing on the bank behind us.  My picture isn’t very good I’m afraid but it was past 9pm when I took it and my hands are a bit shaky today.
new ducksThe other Mother Duck with three has taken up residence on the bank at the corner of the pontoon down by our three friends whose boats are all alongside each other.
Hopefully the pike/heron/herring gulls won’t get their beaks on any more of these little darlings.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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3 Responses to New Arrivals

  1. amommasview says:

    Oh that looks like a bit of a summer storm! Glad the duck family is well 🙂

  2. I love how your post deftly connects the wrath of nature, P. The looming, dark and broody storm so capable of destruction and the life and loss of life from those tiny fluffy creatures that share your everyday living space. It is the macro down to the micro.
    But I suppose size doesn’t matter. It’s part of that circle of life.
    I hope you had a lovely trip away, but mostly, I hope your return is filled with the joys of seeing those babies make it to adulthood. Fingers crossed!

    • We have some new babies behind us too. The moor hens hatched today, 2 out of three. I tried to get some pictures but the reeds are too dense. Hopefully this brood will survive. The last four appear to have perished one way or another.

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