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Walking Blog - Day 4

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The rhododendrons are all budded and soon will be blooming, fast and furious. I was checking out one of my favorites today (the deep red one) and the buds are even starting to show color, so shouldn't be too long.

There's a pair of mallards who are trying to claim our pool as their own. Several years ago I 'encouraged' a couple of mallards to hang around because I was hoping to see the ducklings arrive. To that end, I went out every day at about the same time to give the ducks some bread. Unfortunately, my plan didn't work: the ducks got so bold they would come up to the patio doors and tap with their bills, begging for handouts - and if you've ever been around ducks or geese, you know what the patio was covered in! And nary a duckling did I see.

Two years ago I watched nearly every day as a 'mother mallard' led her babies up our stream and back - some kind of feeding trip, I suppose. She started with nine, and the last time I saw them (the ducklings still had the mottled brown-yellow color, but looked like feathers were starting to develop, not just 'down') she had four. I don't know if that's typical, but I read somewhere that there's a high mortality rate for ducklings. And we have plenty of foxes in the area.

Anyhow, after I gave our current mallards their bread today, I took a couple of pictures. They came out rather dark, so I don't know how well you can see them:

The pond is covered with duckweed; aptly named, I guess, as they seem to love it. After they move on, we will clear it off again, tho like mowing the lawn, it seems a neverending chore.

Catching up on a previous walkabout: I don't think I posted a picture of this shrub before - I don't know what it is, but it has such a pretty deep-pink color.

I took a short walk thru the little park across the road. There was a robin - an English robin, of course - who kind of kept up with me. Sing? Do they ever! I had a wonderful opportunity to get a sharp, clear closeup of him, but I could not seem to spot him thru the viewfinder. I am NOT a good photographer, as the picture I finally DID get of him will show:

No, it's not your eyes, and yes, it is blurry and somewhat out of focus. I don't know WHY it's blurry and out of focus. I hope it's me and not a sign that the camera is going up. Also in the park is a strange little 'cave.' Now, it's not actually a cave, because it has no depth to speak of, but it's a sizeable indentation in the rock. It has a bit of brickwork around the entrance, because in the 1800s the slitting mill operation used it as some sort of storehouse (possibly for the extra iron supplies) and they had put a door on it, presumably to prevent theft. The door is long gone (and local vandals have had to leave their mark, of course) but maybe this will give you an idea of what I'm describing.

That's it. Evening is drawing down, so a little TV, some reading, and the end of another day. I do like my peace and quiet! :-)
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  • no profile photo CD5080021
    You make me want to move there. I am afraid of flying though. I may have to get April and swim there. emoticon
    3949 days ago
    I loved the scenery so much I'm coming!!!!! Keep a nightlight on for me! emoticon Give me time I'll get my strength up and swim that big pond!!! emoticon
    3949 days ago
    OH OH OH! I think I am going to have to stop by on my way to my cottage and my dock to see this lovely walk of yours.

    I think that shrub is a type of rhodie. We have tones that grow wild up here and there are all sorts of kinds... That's my take!
    3950 days ago
  • no profile photo THIAGRAM
    Thanks for sharing your walk with me! I enjoyed reading about the ducks! Your pictures are awesome! I have found birds are hard to get in focus, so your picture is terrific! Enjoyed your walk! Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    3950 days ago
    I like the way that you point out things of interest that catch your imagination and fancy. It is a way to learn about you and the your little slice of England. Thanks Kasey, keep em coming.
    3951 days ago
    How wonderful!! Thanks for taking me on your walk with you!!! I was enjoying being out on my Hog this weekend and having similar "wonderful nature" thoughts, but I didn't share like you did so beautifully!!!
    3951 days ago
  • JUNEBUG4967
    I love armchair travels Kasey! Makes me feel like I've been somewhere-especially when there's pictures. I can even overlook the fuzzy ones.
    3951 days ago
    What beautiful scenery you describe . . and capture it in both picture and prose. You make it very easy to see what you've seen. Thank you for the "armchair travel trip"!
    3951 days ago
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