“She’s Got A Baby”

Today’s thirty minute walk was along the stony seawall path of Keyhaven Harbour. Jackie drove me there and back and waited in the car park while I strode out and crawled back.

As I began to open the gate leading on to the mallow lined footpath I noticed a woman carefully following the ungainly swan walking ahead. I did not see the little legs behind the mother.

From the car Jackie yelled “she’s got a baby’. Looking at the container the woman was carrying, I wondered what my wife was talking about, especially as there wasn’t much activity in the transparent tub.

In order to obtain a view from Jackie’s perspective I slid along the front of the Modus and saw the little imprinted cygnet.

I exchanged greetings with a number of other walkers and cyclists availing themselves of this mallow-lined stony path leading to Lymington with its views of the harbours, the Isle of Wight, Hurst Castle and associated lighthouse. The gentleman at the rear of the group in the fifth of these pictures is awaiting a knee replacement, and asked me what to expect. I gave him the benefit of my experience.

I’m not sure what kind of duck this is with its babies bobbing about.

I passed more walkers on my return to the car park,

on the other side of which the cygnet was learning preening.

This evening we dined on minty lamb burgers with roasted mushrooms; creamy mashed potato; crisp cauliflower and carrots, and tender runner beans. I realise I have been regularly remiss in not mentioning the delicious aroma emanating from steaming bowls of perfectly cooked vegetables. Today my nostrils gave me a wake up call. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Malbec.

81 thoughts on ““She’s Got A Baby”

  1. The image in my mind of Jackie yelling, “she’s got a baby,” and you looking around gave me a much needed laugh. Mother and babies in photos are lovely. It looks like a pleasant day–and a delightful sensory experience at the end.

  2. I’m glad you’re striding out and hope you’re soon striding back again! It’s funny that the swan has only one cygnet. That is an invasive species in my area and it’s unusual to see any with less than a pair of offspring. The males have tremendous battles in the nearby marsh in the spring.

  3. I love that you stride out and crawl back. That shows you are pushing yourself. That’s the only way to gain ground, just push a little further each time. (Of course, you know this, Mr. Athlete.) And I love that Jackie will come to your rescue. . . (That binocular story from before just feels so good.)

    Love the swan mama and babe. I have never seen that.

  4. We’ve lots of baby ducklings on our two lakes, they’re just so sweet. Lovely photos as always Derrick.

  5. Beautiful photos of a beautiful day!
    What Jackie yelled, and what you thought, made me laugh! πŸ˜€
    Love the babies, of course! So sweet! πŸ™‚
    Keep striding, even if you have to crawl back. So worth the effort. πŸ™‚
    ‘Twas nice of you to share your knee-replacement-journey with that man.
    I can smell the veggies from here! Lovely! πŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚
    PS…How is your Mum doing?

  6. Nothing like a walk by the beach to get the nostrils working – salt air is good for the sinuses! πŸ˜‰

    Beautiful swan and cygnet photos, not to mention the other users of the pathway. πŸ™‚

    I think it’s safe to say it is a female duck but beyond that is a matter of conjecture, unless there is any more detail available. In the absence of same i’d be inclined to go with female mallard. πŸ˜‰

    Hope the knee is getting stronger and less of a pain.

  7. Enjoy your posts Derrick, your pictures are always a pleasure, your descriptions on your suppers are certainly tantalizing, virtually smell the aroma. You are a very lucky man with a live in Gourmet Chef.

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