Delighted to report that there are ducks back in our world after a brief hiatus. Regular readers may recall that Youngest Child received three Indian Runner ducklings for her birthday last year. Alas, things didn’t end well for the three ducks.

First of all a fox took two of them, and the survivor (Ferdinand) succumbed to a gruesome accident with a toppled hen house caused by Storm Ophelia. One would think that such a tragedy would make us think twice about keeping ducks at all, but we’re determined folk around these parts.