First thing in the morning, the first joy of my life presents itself, feeding my ducks and cleaning their pool. I love those fat waddling little quackers. Love hearing them greet me, I can feel their excitement and anticipation as they come running. I talk to them as if I expected an answer, even answering my own questions. Probably nearly the same conversation everyday if I was to tape it. They always make me happy to start my day 5am-ish, rain or shine. Animals need fed and water cleaned before coffee, they are my start button.
The duck children are growing, their protected area has expanded, they now live in Duck World, have a pool and a pond. They just discovered the pond 3 days ago as they inched and explored their way down the hill ever so carefully, eating bugs and greens along the way before the big reveal. It took them most of a week to gather the courage to venture off any distance.
Run-off from the tilapia tank floods their pond and keeps it fresh continuously. They return to the pool each afternoon and nest near it. Ending their big adventure with some cracked corn and banana leaves....love those banana leaves along with culantro leaves and the best part, culantro flowers. Yum Yum...
By Ginnee Hancock (aka: Duck Mom)
Living off-grid comes with lots of manual labor for the woman of the house. No dishwasher, just our hands scrubbing away. Not many 1st world conveniences in my house, so I look for things that bring me joy.
It is wonderful to see them maturing and becoming more independent. They are beautiful and I am thankful for the joy they bring to my life each day. It is the little things in life that I have learned to appreciate on the farm.