Welcome to my cottage blog which I have opened purely to share my joy at living in such peaceful surroundings. I adore wildlife, gardening and painting in watercolour. Living here I have subjects galore to capture with my brush but I never once imagined how blissful life could be. It is far too gorgeous not to share so wherever you are in the world please feel free to take time out to relax here whenever you wish.
Mother and Young, Our first duckling family.
When we first moved in we heard six ducklings had been taken by a magpie and only one survived. This duckling has grown and now become a family favourite. I have been feeding all of the ducks daily. They now come when called. If I am late with their food they are eager to call me so I am now not sure who has trained who exactly! But we have become firm friends and so my journey into having ducks around me begins. Amazingly my Bearded Collies sit next to the ducks and act as though they are all one big family. The ducks seem to not mind being herded from time to time and my younger dog feels that is his daily chore. However he has sensed with young around a certain respect is entitled so for now he leaves the family very much alone which is quite sweet.
The excitement this week of a female duck bringing her young to proudly show me was such a touching moment. Without invading her space I took a few photographs. And I will be watching eagerly to try to make sure the magpie does them no harm.
Our first duckling family,
Really cute and very time wasting as it is impossible not to watch them and just love them for their fluffy forms.