I spent the most glorious hour this evening sitting at the edge of the duck pond, sun dipping lower in the sky, with a glass of wine and my book. It was like a mini vacation relaxing away from work and the phone, watching the baby ducks negotiate their place among the big ducks.

Gabby and Puddles are growing so fast (now one month old). Here they are this evening waddling their way home after a dip in the pond. That’s Puddles in the foreground – he’s definitely bigger than Gabby – we’re hoping he’s a boy.

Puddles and Gabby

On my way inside I found the banty chicken family all lined up on the roost.

Clover and his family

Normally, Shadow’s babies (now two months old) freak when I get close. Moving very slowly, Peanut allowed me this picture of her standing next to her mama. Moments earlier she was trying to hide under Shadow’s wing like she did as a wee little baby.


Klee, on the other hand, raced inside. She was too shy to have her picture taken.

shy banty

Miri and Gylfie (two weeks old) are pretty camera shy. They won’t hold still long enough to get a clear picture!

Miri and Gylfie

On the other hand, the turkey dudettes (almost three weeks old) are extremely social and very curious. Their faces are so gentle and pretty.

Turkey Dudette

The only babies absent from this pictorial are the Freedom Rangers. Their days are numbered with freezer camp on the horizon.