Friday, August 18, 2017


I have noticed lately that the Muscovy ducks,
apparently quite comfortable with their new home, 
have begun venturing out on morning sojourns.

It's not unusual to see them in the front pasture searching for tasty insects.

Yesterday morning, they marched past the donkeys,
who were out in the front pasture enjoying their cool morning grazing time...

and continued on to the barn...
about a football field's length away from the pond.

While at the barn, they stopped for a visit with the Nellies...
who were, of course, quite nervous at the appearance of these strangers.

The Nellies would peek out of the barn aisle, 

and then go running back into their stall for safety.

They repeated this behavior several times until comfortable with the Muscovies' presence.

The Nellies, themselves, always take their own morning sojourn.
They have gotten quite bold of late and venture all over the barnyard.

The curious interchange between the two duck groups 
went on for about a half hour,
as I watched from the cover of the garden.

I had been there enjoying the wealth of morning glories

who have climbed on just about every vertical surface available.

The garden is looking quite magical surrounded by its vine-covered fence.

It's fun to observe the behavior of my animal friends each morning during chore time.
With some, the routine is always the same.
For instance, each morning the pigs and sheep gather around their common gate...
waiting for it to be opened.

At which point the sheep venture into the pig yard...

and the pigs go searching the sheep yard...

for tasty apples that may have dropped onto the ground during the previous night.

The routine is the same each morning,
and no one is satisfied until the gate is opened.

These animals give me so much joy...
just watching them go about their day is magical.
Different species... tolerating each other... accepting their differences...
and coexisting in peace.
If only humans......

I am so very happy to be back on the internet once again... 
and as a bonus, with a high speed service.
It no longer takes me an hour to upload blog photos!
Life is good! (in so many ways...least of all the internet.)
Have a wonderful weekend...
ours is chockfull of fun!
We'll be back Monday to share our adventures.


  1. Just love those Runner Ducks. It's amazing how the animals can all get along together (and you are right about humans). Nice to see a photo of Faith and Hope - do hope they are getting over the loss of their mother. Have a lovely weekend.

  2. So glad you are up and running again! Do thank your neighbor for us!

    Your morning glories are beautiful. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

  3. So glad your internet is back and even improved. Hope you have a great weekend.

  4. Spreading their wings to speak..Glad you're back sharing your wonderful life! !xxoo

  5. those runner ducks crack me up! they are so entertaining. yep...too bad people aren't as civilized as animals.

  6. diane in northern wisAugust 18, 2017 at 10:56 PM

    So glad to hear that your internet is working well and fast now. That's great news. Love all your critters, Bev...and yes, I do wish people could get along like all the different animals. Such a shame.
    Doesn't say much for higher intelligence, does it? Have a wonderful weekend and can't wait to see what you all did, when you come back next week!!! Love those Nellies too!!!

  7. Great to see your "coexisting families" . . .
    Amazing how a working up to par internet can make for a "happy heart!"
    Enjoy your fun plans for the weekend . . .

  8. An American in TokyoAugust 20, 2017 at 9:36 PM

    Glad to hear you got your internet back, and at a higher speed!!
    Woo hoo!!

    The duck drama continues...hee hee!

  9. Wowzers! just a mere 10yrs ago you were just nesting into the BHF,,, and look how beautiful it all has grown beautifully due to your love and commitment to nature and the critters...
    p.s., I owe you a phone call...


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