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Ducklings and Other Good Things

It’s a wildly blustery morning with a  hint of Autumn in the air. I love waking up early and needing a blanket with my morning cuppa, then switching to sundresses and sandals for the rest of the day.

I’ve missed writing here over the last week, hampered first by computer issues, then by illness. But I’m back now and it feels good.

Our exciting news on the farm is the arrival of 12 Muscovy ducklings who are so darn cute they make us smile every day.

Muscovy duckling

I can see their pen from the kitchen window and love hearing their little peeps while I do dishes and make meals. They’re especially sweet when they’re first born, still damp from their shells, laying in the sunshine to warm up and dry off.

duckling resting

They were so tiny at first, timid and easily spooked, but now they’re brave as can be, exploring their pen, splashing in the water, and devouring as much mash as they can handle.

Several times a day I open the lid to their pen just to watch them, grinning at their darling little faces as they crane their necks up to inspect the giant human looming above them.

inquisitive duckling

They bring my focus back from the whirl of deadlines and responsibilities and help me linger in the moment enjoying sunshine on my shoulders, the softness of downy feathers, and the amazing gift of being alive.

Muscovy ducklings
There are other good things to be thankful for this week: time to wood-burn new items for my shoppe and a new market next month, being interviewed for my book launch which is being held on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Freestone Memorial Hall, and time to think through my life and goals and talents and figure out my next step.

Now it’s time to step out into the wind and start planting more seeds for my winter garden, check on Bear’s progress in building frames for our beehives, and say hello to the ducklings

What are you looking forward to doing today? xo

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Jeanne Horak-Druiff - Oh wow – those ducklings are ridiculously adorable! I have always had a weskness for waterbirds – ducks just give a property such a placid air. Thanks for sharing your beautiful ducklings with us!

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Krista - Aren’t they so marvelous, @disqus_o9c9vkchcC:disqus ? 🙂 What a fantastic voucher to win! I bet you got all sorts of deliciousness. 🙂

Krista - I hear that, @sarabellyrumbles:disqus 🙂 They are entirely too distracting. 🙂

Krista - Thank you for your care for us, @OrgasmicChef:disqus That means a great deal. Did your mother-in-law sort you out with the pavlova? 🙂

Krista - Friends, yes, Val, they (you!) are treasures indeed. 🙂

Krista - If there isn’t a book named that, paradis, there needs to be. 🙂 XO

Krista - I know you experience these same good days and awful days, @liz_posmyk:disqus XO It’s such a hard slog sometimes, isn’t it? I’m so glad we can comfort and cheer each other. XO

Krista - Oh how fun, @katyabroad:disqus!!! That sounds like a fabulous visit indeed. 🙂

Krista - Relaxing Friday evenings are so wonderful, @tandysinclair:disqus 🙂

Anna Johnston - OHhhh Mmmm G! They are the cutest, most precious little babies I have seen in for ages. Adorable! 🙂
Today, I am spending a voucher I won at the Multicultural Festival later this arvo, its this amazing organic fruit & veg shop. Cant wait.
Enjoy your day loveliest lady. xo

Sara (Belly Rumbles) - They are simply gorgeous. I would be the big human staring down at them all day every day. Really wouldn’t get any work done.

Maureen - I think of you and Liz and my heart swells in knowing how hard you’re both working to sort out the health issues. The little duckies are adorable!

I’ve made my mother-in-law’s pavlova recipe aptly named never-fail that turned out only so-so. I’m taking it over for afternoon tea. I hope she can tell me what I’ve done wrong. 🙂

bellini - The small things in life are the things to be thankful for. Today I am thankful for friends.

mlleparadis - hurray! make way for the ducklings! isn’t there a children’s book with that name? so cute! hope you’re feeling better (we’v missed you) and sounds like you have lots to look forward to. enjoy it all!


Tandy Sinclair - I am looking forward to a relaxing Friday evening! The ducklings are so cute and I hope you are feeling much better 🙂

katyabroad - Those little ducklings are so precious! I am madly in love with them from here! I’m looking forward to my mum and grandma coming to visit me, and going to see Sound of Music at the theatre with them! I’m madly finishing work late tonight so that I can enjoy spending as much time as possible with them tomorrow! Hopefully I can get the house cleaned tomorrow before they get here! Enjoy your day with the ducklings 🙂

Liz Posmyk - Sorry to hear you’ve been unwell again, Krista… feel for you, as I am the same… up and down with my health. Love this post, those little ducklings must surely bring a huge joy to your world xox

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