Today is our last day in England, and when we woke up, it was again pouring with rain and decidedly chilly. I’d just got out of the shower, when hubby suddenly appeared, and grabbed the camera. He’d spotted a Mallard duck on the roof of the shed, and thought I might like a photo for my blog.
We then wondered what Mrs Mallard was doing up there, and decided that she must be surveying the garden to see if it was a suitable mating ground. Sure enough, she flew off and returned with Mr Mallard. She had a little swim around the pond to try out the water temperature,
and reported back that it seemed rather nice, and that she approved their choice of location.
He was then ordered to investigate underneath the conifer, to make sure that there was plenty of room for their nest, which he obediently did.
So it looks as though once they’ve set up house and got busy under that bush, mom-in-law’s little pond could be the setting for a very happy duck family scene. I was reading that a female can lay as many as twelve eggs, about half her body weight. I guess we human females have it quite easy in comparison. 🙂
I have a lot of sorting out and packing to do before we leave, so please bear with me if I don’t manage to visit your blogs for a few days. When we get back home, I’m sure things will return to normal.
That was a lovely serie of photos of the Mallard family 🙂 ! And i really like your mom-in-laws garden . // Maria
Thanks so much, Maria. 🙂
What a cute little pond, perfect for a duck family.
Yes it is, and I just love my mom-in-laws garden. 🙂
Great pictures! I love the commentary, though! “He was then ordered to investigate underneath the conifer, to make sure that there was plenty of room for their nest, which he obediently did.” Hahahaha How revealing! Mine would have read, “He ordered her to investigate under the conifer…, and she said, ‘Can you say that in a different way?’ and waited. Since he didn’t want to change his tone she kept waiting until he investigated under the conifer himself.” But, on the other hand, I’m not sure I would have seen the scene so creatively. That is YOUR great art, AD, and probably why you always live in paradise! 🙂 Love the post.
Thanks so much, Marsha for your interpretation. You would have to have been there to see it first hand to get the correct interpretation. Yours would require Mrs Mallard to put her hands on her hips, whilst tapping her foot impatiently. Since ducks don’t have hands or hips, I don’t think it would really work, except in cartoons. 😆
Great photos. Enjoy your time! 🙂
Thanks, Elizabeth. 🙂
hahaha … the ducks are so cute. Fun shots …
Thanks, Issy. 🙂
Fun photos of the ducks and their mating shenanigans. 🙂
Glad you enjoyed, Cathy. 🙂
Oh my your MIL has a lovely garden. I’d love to be able to walk down and watch ducks while drinking my morning coffee.
Her garden is certainly very pretty. 🙂
Lovely pics, I love every single one of it!
Thanks so much. 🙂
How beautiful! Welcome home 🙂
Lovely series @Adin, adorable 🙂
Beautiful story and pics! Have a safe trip back and see you back here in the blogosphere soon 😀
What a beautiful post with beautiful pics!!
A beautiful setting for the romance 🙂 Have a safe flight back Sylvia.
Thanks so much, Madhu. 🙂
Love your MIL’s pond and the ducks too, of course.
Thanks, Hopestar. Hugs to you too. 🙂
The water in the pond must be cold enough to freeze eggs.:)
I would imagine so, Roly. 🙂
What a dear little pond area, AD. I meant to tell you that my vet has one of those cats (on the lawn) on his window ledge in his waiting room and many of the visiting dogs growl and even bark at them. Cats, of course, just ignore them, lol!
Wow. Always on the go. I’m amazed. Love your ducky pics
Thanks so much, Emily. Yes, never a dull moment. 🙂
Be safe. Happy travels.
Thanks so much, Gemma. 🙂
So, you are to be replaced by a duck family – or is that saying that you are out for a duck? Leave that weather THERE, if you please!
Very funny and clever you are, Col. “Out for a duck” indeed. 😀 This weather can definitely stay right here. It’s promising to get worse as the week wears on. ;(
Mr and Mrs Mallard – that’s a true love story 🙂
Have a great trip!
Gotta love Mr. and Mrs. Mallard! Have a terrific trip to SA!
I had a very different sort of scene in mind when you said you’d just got out of the shower and hubby grabbed the camera…. I wondered if you’d decided to go x-rated, too? Great shots of the duck adventure, but they really can be quite “messy”….
Happy travels and hope you find some warmer weather at home!
Bwahahaha……..I’m glad to say it was a bird of the feathered variety that he was interested in snapping. Just imagine how shocked my readers would be! 😯
Thanks for the travel wishes. I’m so looking forward to getting back.
Ah, you beat me to it! 🙂
You see! You CAN have fun in the cold, Ad!
(Please take it back with you to Florida) Safe journey!
Thanks so much, Jo. I’ll be back in South Africa on Wednesday, and only return to Florida in September.
Lovely series of pictures Sylvia. You’ve really been very unlucky with the weather this time haven’t you. We’ve had an absolutely glorious spring day in Cornwall today. Sorry you’ve not had the same. 😦
Not to worry, Adrian. We’ll be back here at the beginning of August, and I’m hoping it will be a bit warmer by then.:)
Aren’t we all! 🙂
How cute, but I’ve been told that ducks make a mess?
I don’t know about the mess, Gilly. That doesn’t sound good at all, but it won’t be my problem. 🙂
Their very own private spa – safe travels my friend
Thanks so much, Dallas. 🙂
How seriously cool is that!!!
Even if it was raining and cold – Spring is definitely in the air 😉
Bon voyage AD!
Yes, Spring will probably only arrive after we’ve left. 🙂
Some ducks in that back garden … *smile – duck are so funny at times … I have never seen a duck sitting like – alone on a “roof” – I suppose it’s that high up. Great little post with great ducks.
Thanks, Stefan. 🙂
wonderful garden… How I love their gardens… Thank you dear AD, have a nice and also a safe travel. Love, nia
They are lucky for having place like that , Thanks for sharing my friend 🙂
Thanks so much, Jake. I hope they’ll be very happy here if they decide to stay. 🙂
What a lovely garden your mom-in-law has. Looks like she will have a family of little ducklings to keep her company 🙂 Have a safe trip back to SA
Thanks so much, optie. Yes, her garden is really gorgeous.
OMG I LOVE ducks!!! So much fun!
wow time to return to the climate of Durbs that I believe at the moment cannot decide what season it is… love that the ducks could breed in such a close proximity to allow the following of the natures way… safe trip back to here.. hope it is a good one…
Happy travelling AD and C and welcome back to warmer climes.
Thanks so much, Pussycat. Can’t wait. 🙂
She does look like she is on guard. Have a good time away.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much, Francine. I’m looking forward to going back home again. 🙂
Have a great last day there and a safe journey back to SA. Look forward to more stories and pictures from SA.
Thanks so much, Gail. I’m sure there’ll be many posts from SA. 🙂
Wow AD, what a garden, rabbits, pigeons, squirrels and now ducks 😀
Yes, quite a variety, Chris. 🙂
Godspeed! I love your blog and thank you for its beauty.
Thanks very much. 🙂
and have a wonderful trip back.
Thanks, newsy. 🙂
So schöne Bilder ich wünsche dir eine gute glückliche Woche.Lieber Gruß Gislinde
Danke schön, Gislinde. 🙂
STUNNING STUNNING photos!! You’ve made me want to get a duck! Thank you for bringing us this. You have a great blog! Love this background WOW Do visit mine http://tamikadoubell.com/2013/03/18/the-cosmo-bartender-of-the-year-party/
Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂 My background is Machu Picchu in Peru.