DUCKS AND GEESE AND LONG-LEGGED BEASTS!

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Summer is well and truly here in England. The temperature got up to 28 degrees in the shade today (probably hotter in other areas), and it’s set to be even warmer over the next week or two. I’ve never liked being out in the hot sun in the past, but, for some reason, I’m enjoying it this year. I’m not out in it for too long unless I’ve covered myself with factor 50 suncream though.

This afternoon, I walked back home from my church through the park and along the river. I just took in all the beauty of our nature, the bright blue sky with hardly a cloud in it; the green leaves on the trees there and the vast assortment of plants and beautiful flowers growing everywhere. As I walked across the park, I spotted a small group of geese (I think the term is a gaggle of geese). I snapped a photo even though they were a bit distant (below). You can see how dry the grass is – it’s almost yellow – we need a good downpour (preferably when everyone is in bed).

my geese in the park Central Park summer

I watched the water splashing down the weir and flowing into the river, and the ducks bobbing up and down searching for food. Nearby, there were a couple of robins and collared doves pecking for insects in the ground for their lunch.

male & female ducks in water Bing image

It wasn’t so long ago, I spotted a male and female swan with their cygnets (below). There were eight of them and recently, I saw them in the distance with seven babies. It was lovely to know that so many had survived as, being so little, they get attacked easily by bigger creatures.

Swans and cignets (cropped photo) close up

As you know, I don’t usually share photos, but I thought I’d make an exception as I’m enjoying the summer so much this year. Nature is quite stunning, and I’m really struck by its beauty. However, when I got home, I went into the kitchen, and there sitting in the corner of the room, underneath the worktop was the most enormous spider! I’m not a fan! We eyed each other up – he was all hair and long black legs – ugh. [So, what happened to the beauty of nature, I ask?]. It’s not that I hate them; I’d just rather them not be inside my house. As there was no-one there to safely dispatch it to the garden and I couldn’t reach him, I tried staring him out – he won! And I ran (well, wheeled) into the living room. When I went back out later, he’d gone. Where!? I’m worried now … will I have a long-legged ‘friend’ accompanying me to bed tonight?

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Night-night, Harry! Sweet dreams.

 

6 thoughts on “DUCKS AND GEESE AND LONG-LEGGED BEASTS!

  1. Hi Ellie! šŸ™‚
    This is a beautiful post. I love your description of the beauty of nature. šŸŒæ And I am glad you shared the pictures, they adorn the post.

    As for the spider, it’s scary. I really hope it went away to some place it’s welcome.

    Have a lovely day Ellie.
    Best,
    Ashwini šŸ’š

    1. Thank you, Ashwini. It was really a lovely day. I’m not sure where the spider went. I just hope he’s crawled off somewhere to see his mates, preferably outdoors somewhere and not under my bed! … Ellie x ā¤

  2. Oh it is so beautiful there. I love England. I visited there once with my college choir. My mother attended New Bold College. She has many wonderful stories of life abroad. I guess I can say that I am New England, so it’s pretty here too. Just different.

    1. I’m glad you had the opportunity to visit England, Meghan, even if it was some time ago. I’ve always liked living here, although I’d like to have had the chance to travel to a few places abroad which I’ve never been able to do for various reasons. I’d like to see some of the natural sights of the word, and I would love to go to Australia where my sister lives. Apparently, the airlines make it very easy for disabled people to travel these days, so you never know. Take care, Meghan. Love Ellie Xx ā¤

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