A wayyyy tooooo many years ago ( approx 19 ish ) this wee mouse was walking our then pooch Bracken along the canal about this time of year .... it was a glorious day and the birds were chirping away merrily ... Backen was having a good ole sniff at all the flowers and plants surrounding the path we were walking on, when I spied ..... a swan with her baby cygnets on her back ... and it was simply gorgeous to look at ... she was only a few yards away and was quite happy for us to smile and awww at her wee ones ....there was only one slight hicup in the proceedings .. no camera and no phone with a camera ( not sure they were out then either ...lol) and so the magical moment passed without it being recorded apart from in my memories .... until yesterday ....
As some of you may know I have been swan watching .... we have a pair that have built a nest and I have been trying to pop up once a week to see how things are progressing ... I even googled how long the incubation period was, as I was worried about the length of time it was taking .... even peeps I saw on the walk were wondering the same too when we conversed at the spot near the nest ... especially after seeing her roll the eggs last weekend ....
Yesterday was a glorious May day and Master Bentley wanted to go out earlier than normal and something made me grab my camera and take it on our walk , we stretched out our paws towards the nest and ....... the eggs had hatched squeeeeee ..... there were at first, three bundles of grey down and then a fourth one appeared and its this wee one that is on the back of the parent having a ride .... you can't imagine how happy dancing I was to get this on film and to see it again ....even Master Bentley was impressed ... I stood there for quite a while taking photos from this angle and that angle ...lol
eventually I came home with a spring in my step and a big grin on my face to have seen it once more and got it to show you all too ....
Even the water turtle was out again and I got a clearer shot of him ... and a wee baby robin came to say hello as well ....Bentley even posed for some photos too ....
I went back again this morning and took some more photos of the wee ones and the parents and saw moor hens and some ducklings as well .....sooo another fab photo shot day ...lol
I have been doing some stitching honest ...lol I am trying to get the border done on my LittleHouseNeedleworks .... little neighbourhood ...( i think thats its title ???) I remembered the other day that I actually won this chart on the LHN yahoo group , we were playing bingo and I won the game .... and Diane sent it to me too :)
Well I am all packed ready for the wee holiday tomorrow with DD1 and I am looking forward to going and having some RR and taking lots of photo memories to show you :) as well as getting some stitching done on the evenings ...
I will bob the kettle back on again for you all and get the photos sorted for you to ooooo and awwwww at :)
|Donatello posing ..lol|
|wee baby robin about two feet from mine|
|landed long enough for a shot|
|all together now awwwww|
|bigger than the last lot I saw ...|
|would love to know what she is saying ....|
|this is the littlest one ...|
|feeding in the murky water ...|
|borrowing the nest for five ...lol|
|come on grannie hurry up ...|
|did you want me to smile ???|
|posing for me|
|some one is looking over your shoulder ....|
|littlest one again|
|Mrs Pheasent at dawn oclock one morning|
|love the golden colour of the moon and it really was this colour too|
|the border is down the left hand side to the bottom now ..|
I shall leave you now and go and get some beauty sleep ready for the journey tomorrow and I shall catch up with you all again soon .... take care one and all and happpyyy stitching .... love mouse xxxxxxxx