2011年6月29日水曜日

ducky update in pictures

The rice paddy with the reflection of the mountains in it.

The rice paddy with the duck house and inner sanctum.

Here they are!


Up close and personal. They are about three times the size they were when we got them. Still all baby fluff with just their tail feathers finally coming in. They are adorable and today I heard the first non-peep sound. It wasn't quite a proper quack but it was definitely more quack than peep. Pwack maybe?

We still haven't had a single predator issue (touch every piece of wood in Nagano!) which is a big relief and makes me quite proud of all the work we all put into all those security measures!

3 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

Nobody in the entire world writes as good and as funny as you do. Honestly. This just totally got me today...

"They are adorable and today I heard the first non-peep sound. It wasn't quite a proper quack but it was definitely more quack than peep. Pwack maybe?"

LOL!!!! Anyway, the ducky's are getting big! They're starting to look more duck like all the time!!! And less teeny tiny duckling like when you first got them. : )

I also liked the rice field pic with the mountain reflection in it. We have rice fields a plenty around where I live, but we certainly don't have the gorgeous mountains reflecting in ours, like you do yours. : ) How pretty!

bastish さんのコメント...

Don't tell me your field is so weed free just because of the ducks! Please tell me you also go out there bend over pulling weeds and pushing the weed tilling machine back and forth and back and forth...

What do your neighbors say about the ducks. We are practically "forbidden" though not with direct words, more like every one says "it is impossible. They will be eaten within one night". Next year I am definatly geting ducks. And more chicks. This year has been a disaster for every thing. We only have half the rice planted that we did last year - the other fields are just sitting there dry and weedy. Only planted half the backyard, our other four fields scattered around the hamlet are all untouched. The chickens all killed by a a cat. Never got around to getting more chickens...

I hate reading your blog. I am almost grateful that for some reason my feed reader stopped showing your updates. Imagine my surprise to suddenly find two month worth of unread posts today.

thefukases さんのコメント...

Oh Gina- you are too nice!

I love the view from your backyard and everytime I'm down there in the evening and hear the frog chorus I think of you and yours hearing that from your back yard. Wow.

bastish- sorry to say but yup, it's the ducks. I'm actually relieved to hear that a non-duck, non-chemical field gets weeds as we are surrounded by chemical farmers and *no one* has weeds so I do wonder whether it is the ducks at all!

The neighbours frequently and loudly proclaimed the duck idea as impossible, ludicrous and an expensive folly. Each dy that they live to eat aother weed does nothing to allay everyone's doubts. oh well. We soldier on. If you are interested in ducking I will get the details of the guy we got ours from. he's a duck-rice expert, head of the Azumino duck-rice organisation and a former JOC volunteer so a really interesting guy. Oh and he breeds guinnea pigs under his house for the meat- your kind of guy? ;P

Your less than successful year is surely not such a surprise considering the whole earthquake/ evacuation/ guardianship of a tween thing? That's the best thing about this life I reckon- you get to start again each Spring! (well early summer by the time your snow finally melts, huh?) ;P