The Restorative Power of a Bath

Sometimes a girl just needs a little alone time in the tub.

Take Dilly for instance. Dilly is our much loved, physically challenged duck. It’s been a hard winter for her without the pond. She finds it difficult to walk so she spends lots of time sitting around while her ducky pals wander around the yard rooting for goodies. She’s much more at home in the pond where she can paddle with ease.

Puddles and Gabby, the drakes, have reached full maturity and are overly randy lately despite the frozen pond. Dilly seems to get the brunt of the affection because she’s easy to catch, I think. She can’t seem to catch a break.


Yesterday, Hannah noticed Dilly didn’t look well. Her normally white feathers were dingy gray and she was huddled against a rock, shivering. She looked sick and depressed.


Here she is in the background. With concern, we rousted her and encouraged her to take a dip but it was clear that she could no longer hop into the mortar box (the winter-time bath tub). When we showed her some special attention, the boys jumped into the fray. It seemed as if a little alone time was in order.

We put the rest of the ducks away and plunked Dilly in the mortar box on her own. Water is a duck’s favorite thing, but Dilly just sat there shaking, leaving us watching with concern.


Then, after a bit, she came to life. She dunked.


And splashed.


And flapped her wings.


She managed to get out under her own steam and shook the water off like dog before settling in to preen.


It’s amazing what a bit of alone time and a bath can do for a girl. The end result seems to be a rejuvenated duck. Until the pond thaws out with the coming of spring we’ll facilitate bath time and try give her some space away from the boys.

This entry was posted in and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to The Restorative Power of a Bath

  1. Nancy Alexander says:

    You’re a good mama to see she needed a helping hand!

You might enjoy these other recent posts...

Summer Solstice

On this Summer Solstice, I went in search of Lupins. The tall spired flowers are my favorite thing about June. Seas of purply blossoms fill the landscape, brightening fields, providing … Continue reading

Hummingbird Feeder Cleaning

I hate cleaning my hummingbird feeders, but I do it every weekend. I’ve read it should be done more often, but my time during the week is so limited that … Continue reading


For more than seven years I’ve passed this blueberry field on the way to work. A solitary tree rising above the blueberry barren like a sentinel, creating focus, depth, and … Continue reading

Showing Off Pigeon Hill

My folks made the trip from Pennsylvania for Hannah’s high school graduation. Their visit was short and we didn’t have a lot of free time, but I did my best … Continue reading

Creating Memories

I’m not a foodie and you’ll find more “oops” stories here at Downeast Thunder Farm than you will recipes. In planning for Hannah’s graduation celebration, I found these little graduation … Continue reading

graduation storm trooper masks Graduation!

It’s been a wildly crazy couple of weeks. Watching Hannah wrap up her high school career has been bitter-sweet. Happy for her accomplishments, and sad that this chapter of her … Continue reading