Over the last couple of weeks several female Mallard ducks have been released back into freedom – the WILD! 😉

One disappeared, one comes back every now and then but the two which we released two weeks ago have turned into a permanent resident feature.

Norbert and Daffy just won’t want to leave!

They are around everywhere and sometimes you have to be careful where you step and what you do. They sit right next to a step so you hardly see them, hide underneath ferns or the lavender bush. They try to get inside with the prospect of food, follow you into the garage. They walk around the deck most mornings and you get woken up by sudden loud “quacks” – I have the suspicion they know where our bedroom is.

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Bunch of little brown ducklings on brick steps outside

Duckies, duckies everywhere

The little ducklings have grown over the last couple of days and become so docile, or should I rather say they’ve sussed out where the food comes from….

A grey duck with a bunch aof little grey and yellow ducklings bunched up behind

Erwien’s return

Erwien came back this years with a new bunch of ducklings and proudly presented them, just like last year. She’s such a good mummy.

An orange sky with a few clouds at the horizon over a green valley with low level light across

Muddy days

It’s been a few rather wet days. Some with intermittent sunshine but not enough to dry up the ground yet. The cats use the sunny breaks to go outside but other than that they seem to be in hibernation.

Two grey ducls and a brick pathway in the wet with wet grass behind them.

Water everywhere – in the midst of winter

It’s been rather wet, foggy and cold in the last couple of days. The cats spent more time inside and expressing a form of cabin fever when awake but they are mostly asleep.

The horses are asking for more food, the chickens are hiding in their house and the ducks – well, the ducks are in their element.

The return of Erwien

What a joy and surprise that was when a few days ago Erwien showed up with a boyfriends and a whole bunch of fluffy ducklings.