But yes, there are ducklings in my post today.
Yesterday I let the ducklings out in the duck run alone for the first time. I checked on them frequently, and mostly found them basking in sunshine.
But I did want to see how they'd handle the electric netted fence on their own. The shock it delivers wouldn't be deadly to a duckling this size, but it's still ouchy.
Now guess, just guess, who was the first (and for all I know, the only) duckling to touch the fence)?
Yep. Amy Winehouse duckling! She of the "upsidedown hypothermic duckling" episode, and "mystery cracked beak" incident. She put her beak to the fence, gave a loud and alarmed "PEEP!!" and scurried across the yard with her siblings in tow. Let's just hope she learned not to touch it again. I'm not hopeful. Destructo Duck!
And this is not a duckling:
That's our house back in 2008, before we got the metal roof and shutters painted.
The deck and steps at the front door have been in need of replacement for some time. The railings got torn off last year when they rotted out, and we had a lovely Deliverance scenario going on, what with the indoor-outdoor carpeting being the only thing holding the steps together. So last month we had a proper front deck built:
That's the remains of the old deck to the left. The new deck will be stained next spring to match the other decking around the house. Now if only we could get going on the inside renos! I am at my wits' end with f-ugly wallpaper, and upstairs carpeting in need of incineration. Floors to strip and stain (not by me!), wallpaper to strip, plaster walls underneath in need of repair, painting to do... one day we'll get all new windows too. And my garden needs to be put to bed for the winter. We need to go shopping for a new sofa and chair too.
Also I want to replace the mish-mash of modern screen doors with some nice wooden historic-looking ones. Gordon needs to get some more law clients first, ha ha.
Meanwhile, you can tell it's fall. We have hundreds if not thousands of Canada Geese hanging around. Last weekend we also had some Snow geese in the field next to us, but I didn't manage to get any pictures. This is not a great shot, but there are a lot of geese in what was the wheat field next door:
Geese love grain!
They are noisy too. Here's a video:
Duck limerick contest coming soon. Sharpen your pencils! And your brains.