The Sad Duck Story…

The image shows one of the muscovy ducks we used to rescue each year in the Spring.  If we protected them, then predators wouldn’t take them and they’d go on to repay us by pooping everywhere around the house!

Here in the marina in Holland where we’re now tied up, we’ve just watched a mother duck try to look after her clutch of nine ducklings.  On the first day she had nine ducklings.  She was down to six ducklings on the second day.  She only had three ducklings yesterday and today, she has none. This is really sad.  Nature can be so very cruel.  We don’t know but we think the magpies hereabouts are the villains of the peace.

The Sad Duck Story...
The Sad Duck Story…

The Very Special Aircraft

My favourite aircraft.  The Westland Lysander. This was the plane used to ferry Special Operation Executive (SOE) agents into and out of occupied Europe during the Second World War.  The aircraft were unarmed, flew at night and the pilots navigated by watch, map and compass (no GPS in those days!).  The pilots needed to land and take off from fields in the middle of nowhere guided only by people on the ground with torches. Truly amazing aircraft flown by extraordinarily skilled and enormously brave pilots. Pilots like this one (who I bet you have never heard of).

The Westland Lysander
The Westland Lysander