Monday, 15 September 2014

Cayuga Val and Cayuga Pete.

Some animals are natural comics.
It's just part of their make up.
I always think it's a product of confidence and security.
For nervous animals cannot ever be funny!
Mind you overly nervous humans never make me laugh much either

The council workman who was cutting the grass in the old graveyard ,brought the American Cayuga ducks back  to the field this morning. They'd slipped under the gap in the gate and had taken themselves off to watch what he was doing 
" funny buggers" he said as they waddled back over with their heads help high " they have been following me up and down , talking at me all morning" 
They had clearly amused him.
Since they arrived, the Cayugas have proved themselves to be delightfully robust and curious duo .Less flighty than the hysterical runners, they seem to actively seek out anything new that is going on and will walk towards it with keen  amused little eyes, and with their heads cocked to one side 
The grass cutter was right when he said they were chatting to him, as everything they do seems to be punctuated with a low level muttering .
They almost sound as though they are giving a running commentary to everything witnessed.
Happy and chatty!

They remind me of a couple from the village who seem to find amusement and pleasure in most things that they experience
I have therefore named the Cayugas Val and Peter

Peter and Val

Incidentally when I got home after night duty this morning I received an email from val.
It made me smile somewhat, as the Cayugas make me smile.
It said..

Hi John
I hoped to catch you round the village to apologise for zooming past you in the car the other day. We were chatting when we saw you and totally failed to realise that you were at the bus stop when we merrily sailed past. We always forget about that stop as we rarely see anyone there. As always, there were cars behind us so we couldn't back up when we realised half a mile down the road. Peter said sh*t, I should have stopped, I agreed, he couldn't stop, and then we had a minor domestic going into Gwaenysgor....

We will be more vigilant in future!

Val and Peter x

Hey ho




38 comments:

  1. I love that they had a minor argument over not saying hello to you! What beautiful ducks they are (the feathered couple). We have a pair of Pekin drakes and they are the most joyous animals on the farm; give them a pan of fresh water and they are happy for hours. Fun to watch.

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    1. I think I like their confidence the best

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  2. I hope Val and Peter will be flattered by their namesakes. That email says it all!

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    1. I bumped into them both today.... I think they are flattered

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  3. I am not surprised at the friendliness of your local village and I should not be surprised that you would receive an email, rather than a chat in the high street at the next meeting.

    I am not in the habit of saying this, but they are nice looking birds.

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    1. You'll be wolf whistling them next andrew

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  4. When we were driving back from town on Saturday, we took a quiet country road and had to stop suddenly as there was a mummy peacock trying to shepherd her 6 babies back into the garden. The look she gave us was hilarious, as if to say, 'Just wait there a moment please while I sort these youngsters out'. We had never seen baby peacocks before - they were so cute. We petsit for someone and they have a few bantams which have lots of character.

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    1. I like the look of them but my mother in law is pathologically frightened of them so I couldn't have any

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  5. I wonder what you name after certain bloggers?

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    1. What would you like me to name you after?

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  6. They are pretty ducks, I'll bet they really glisten on a bright sunshiny day.

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  7. Those ducks sound just like our cat, chatting and all. Wish I had your talent for naming animals...then again, you have more need of it!

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    1. I only name a handful.... At 52..... I'd never remember all of the buggers

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  8. They sound like a sweet pair...the people AND the ducks.

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  9. A duck emailed you? ;-)

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    1. Susie... They CANT EMAIL they have no wifi...silly

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  10. A fine pair. Birds need a bit of personality.

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  11. Certain ducks have a very pronounced comical waddle, others stand bolt upright and run. In their ways, all ducks make me smile; I think it's the beaks.

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    1. It's the piggy eyes cro

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  12. Never heard of Cayugas before. I love their colour. Do they quack as well as mutter?

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    1. Val quacks with some gusto!

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  13. Every day you find something so interesting and heart touching to write about. How wonderful.

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    1. I'd be buggered to know how..I am just so tired today..... Night shifts are killing me the older I get
      X

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  14. Such beautiful colours on those ducks....and a talkative couple too.

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  15. I so enjoy hearing the stories of your animals.
    One never thinks about ducks, chickens. sheep beyond what we read (?) in books or have on the dinner table. But what your stories show us is all animals feel and can have personally much like humans.
    And they are fun to watch much like your ducks.
    I remember going on a field trip to a local dairy as a young child and seeing the beautiful cows, their sweet eyes and realized Wow how big the cows were and this is really were my milk came from. Not just some carton.
    I won't go into my soap box rant about how I feel about the state of American education but trips like this open up the world for city children.
    Such beautiful ducks and personality too !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Gayle......I just write what I see....... Most animals are interesting if you watch em long enough
      Oh with the exception of koala bears

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    2. John, have you not seen the videos of koalas doing more than chewing their lunch? Cute and funny - but still, maybe not your definition of interesting :)

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  16. In this case at least, I think it would be an honour to have a namesake in your yard! Not so sure about the "hysterical runner ducks", though :)

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    1. Ok jenny .......I will name my latest waif hen Jenny

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    2. Waif ... lol ... I like it!

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  17. Hehe. Have a great week, John.

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  18. I would really like to hold a conversation with a Cayuga.

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    1. Go on Skype and I will organise something x

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  19. What lovely neighbours - and their namesakes sound special too.

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  20. We are extremely flattered, even though there was that comment about Val quacking with some gusto......

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    1. Lol........ I bet you've NEVER quacked with gusto val x

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  21. Perhaps they like to gossip--chit chatting about everyone they see and speculating about who is sleeping with whom.

    Love,
    Janie

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