Sunday, 12 May 2019

And then there were nine

I'm linking up with The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer and The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz.

The duckling family which inspired last week's Artisan Rainbow post has now sadly decreased from a dozen tiny ducklings to nine, but they're considerably more grown up in just those few days and are getting curious about their surroundings. Last year there were several duck families on this stretch of river and the mums were all extremely cautious of people. We wonder if someone has been feeding this year's only family though because they are all surprisingly relaxed about being near to people.



My random recipe finds seem to be popular so I've got another for you today. It's not duck! My dinner last night was a successful combination of two brand new-to-me concoctions inspired by the beautiful bunches of fresh local parsley currently for sale at our local Intermarche. For just over a euro I can get a huge bunch of mixed curly and flat leaf parsleys - the only problem is being able to use it all up quickly enough. So I discovered this delicious Parsley Cashew Pesto recipe at Scaling Back blog. I served mine hot swirled into egg-free short spaghetti with mushrooms, and topped the dish with a generous shake of Simple Vegan's Not Parmesan. Even Dave said it tasted good - praise indeed!


In blogging news, I've almost caught up with replying to all your lovely comments (meaning I'm within within a week of the most recent!) so I'm pleased with that. However I have noticed that since Google discontinued Google+ it's now not always possible to tell where non-Blogger visitors have their own blogs. If you feel I owe you a few visits and I never arrive, please do include your blog link in your comment here!

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On my blogs this week were:

Stephanie Jane
Books From The Backlog - Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada
Cover Characteristics - Railways

Literary Flits
Free Pizza by G C McRae spotlight + #Giveaway + Guest Post
The Pale-Faced Lie by David Crow review + #Giveaway
The Suspects by Katharine Johnson spotlight + #Giveaway + Excerpt
New Rwanda: From Hell to Heaven by Patricia Bamurangirwa review
In The Sun by Mixie Plum review + #Giveaway
Hypnosis: A Return to the Past by Maria Inês Rebelo review
The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal review

Artisan Rainbow
Seven Pretty Flowerpots / Planters #GiftIdeas

Have a great week!




26 comments:

  1. I love ducklings. They just look so sweet. Mamma ducks can be protective but they're nothing when compared to swans... Those beasts have RAGE.

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    1. So true! We've only got one family this Spring, but last year there were four. And whenever different groups got too close their ducklings would happily all bunch up together and make friends, but the two Mums would go absolutely nuts at each other until everybody separated again. Every Single Day! It was funny at the start, but duckish tantrums got wearying after a couple of weeks!

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  2. I've never wanted to eat duck as ducks are just full of personality and are cute!

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    1. They are just adorable! Right now I want adopt them all, but our neighbours went out and bought special duck food so now theirs is the most popular place for ducks to hang out!

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  3. You are having so much fun with the ducklings! I'm sorry a few of them have disappeared, but I'm glad you still have so many to enjoy.

    You have a lot of giveaways on your blog. I hope others take advantage of all those lovely chances to win free books.

    Have a great reading week!

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    1. The giveaways are usually among the most popular Literary Flits posts and there's good prizes on offer at the moment!

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  4. Those ducklings are adorable, enjoy watching them grow.
    None of your books this week are familiar but The Suspects sounds interesting.

    Have a great reading week

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    1. The ducklings are practically teenagers already!

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  5. I once rescued some orphaned wood duck chicks. Raised them. They were so cute swimming in the bathtub. And they would follow me to the fish pond every day, panicking if I got too far ahead of them. Finally released them in our town's duck park. They never looked back. So proud of them!

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    1. Oh wow, the proud mama! That must have been such an amazing and rewarding experience :-)

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  6. I hate when young ducks just "disappear"! I know this is a normal way of working for nature but it hurts my tender's heart.

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    1. My OH used to raise ducks and he says it's not always predators. Sometimes the ducklings just aren't strong enough to survive. But we have pine martens and cats here so ... :-(

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  7. I love your photos. Have a lovely week!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  8. I love the spring and seeing all the new babies. We have a lot of Canadian Geese living near us, and it's always fun when they have their babies. Though, they will sometimes cross the highway and hold up traffic. Great pictures!

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    1. I don't think there's any geese around here? I'm imagining lots of impatient drivers on the highway and not a one who's brave enough to chivvy up mama goose!

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  9. Oh cute pics! I always kinda cringe when I see people feeding bread to ducks, especially when they throw huge pieces out there. It is so amazing though watching them grow and troop around. :)

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    1. I thought everybody should have got the No Bread message by now, but I guess it's ingrained. I remember we used to feed bread when I was a child. Oops!

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  10. I love ducks. We have tons of them around here, but they fly away if I get too close. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I've not known a family so relaxed near people before. The only thing that bothers mama is next door's dog yapping, but to be honest the dog would probably run away as soon as it got hissed at!

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  11. Aww look at the ducklings. I often have to try to track down a blogger. Sometimes they fill out the wrong url or don't leave a link.

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    1. Blogger kindly links to Blogger Profiles, but I've noticed recently that several are way out of date or just automatically created and don't have any real info.

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