Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Day of the Hungry Ducks

With two loaves of bread and no desire to eat through one of them quick Rebecca and I decided to have a walk along the nearby canal and give the ducks a feast. What we hadn’t expected was who much ice thee’d be on the canal. After walking a ways the ice began to thin and, it seemed, all the ducks in Lancaster had gathered. As soon as we stopped walking the ducks knew what was coming next, stopped floating about, turned all at once and started swimming towards us and hopping out of the water as if directed by George Romero. Surround by dozens of quacking ducks all without fear in the face of some easy food.
Ridiculously cheered by the duck frenzy we carried on walking and marvelled at the thinkness of the ice as we broke it with peebles or, more frequently sent the scittering across the surface of the ice.
A walk back and on into town, a good cup of coffee and a big bag of jelly beans rounded off a fine day of pleasant aimlessness.
Pleasantly aimless, a fine addition to whisky, pastry, cheese and nonsense.

8 comments:

Danny said...

Seriously, you should call your autobiography that...

Speaking of Romero, you heard the good news?

reeseporter said...

There is a massive gang of ducks on my way to work. they get out of the stream at Brookside (no, not there, silly) and they stand in the road quacking loudly and waggling their tail feathers during rush hour so all the school_run_mums.exe get held up and stress out.

there is infinite satisfaction of feeding ducks they are so grateful for what you give them. chickens are similar but they are more picky.

Gopher said...

Ahh, well bread is obviously payment for the ducks delaying the school-run-mums, and cheap payment at that.

Nimiwey said...

Isn't a gaggle of ducks? Unless they beat you up for your money, Reese.

Paul, your sounds like an info-mercial for life without kids.

Nimiwey said...

That should have read "your LIFE sounds like..."

my bad.

Gopher said...

It's a gang if they bully people...

paulhd said...

What Gopher said.
Infomercial, is that good or bad?
The chickens don't seem that fussy here, but the ducks seem better designed to grab bread before them (I'm talking about the chickens and ducks on the farm where we live) Actually we've got some sort of unidentified Grouse too and they are fantastic and annoying all in one package - the headbutt our front door and it sounds like someone's knocking. Also they shit on the doorstep. Whether this is because we don't answer I have no idea.
Danny, the good news about the next sequel? 'Cos that is some seriously excellent news!

Nimiwey said...

Paul, it sounds SO GOOD. I love our children. I really do. I just would like to be able to get close...just close to Martin every now and then! We need a night out I think. It's been two years!