Monday 26 December 2011

five ducks a-walking

five ducks a-walking, originally uploaded by Dru Marland.
...these ducks survived Christmas, to the best of my knowledge. They live down at Barbaryball, just east of Launceston, where I stayed in the spring. I'd wanted to have a go at painting them for ages. And the barn, with its composite of different stone and cob. Finally got round to it last week.

Christmas day is a good day for heading out, if you're spending it on your own. I heard a deep cronking in the morning, and dashed up onto the roof in time to watch a raven swoop past and bob along in an exuberant sort of way downwind and out of sight, a little touch of wildness over the city. They do enjoy windy days. So do I, though the Moggy was a bit lively on the Severn Bridge, suddenly yawing wildly as we passed to leeward of the towers...

By the time I had passed Usk, patches of sunshine were starting to appear on the Blorenge, and the day became one of squalls and sun. And of wind, roaring like a river in spate through the mountain trees.

Journey's end was Partrishow, in the Black Mountains.


  1. You must have driven right past the house I'm "sitting"!!

    A lovely destination.

  2. Duck pic a coup. They are up to something and no mistake. The stash is in the barn and these babies are about to boost it. Great subject, Dru :-)

  3. I love ducks - great animals to have around. Patrishow is nice and Cwmyoy etc. A nice spot for a festive break!

  4. hello, yeractual! Yes, and very green. And lots of russets in the bracken.

  5. Love the first and last pictures especially. Ducks definitely look a shifty crew.
    There was a goose that didn't survive Christmas, but he was greatly enjoyed and he didn't die in vain.
    Best wishes for 2012 to you, Dru.