Friday, May 06, 2011

Unexpected Tenants

OK, Times are hard. I confess I have considered taking on boarders. But imagine my surprise at finding out someone had moved in already!

I was downright shocked to find this guy swimming in the pool  this morning!

I confess I've let my pool go over the winter. It cut my electric bill in half and it was too cold to allow algae to grow. But as our spring winds have started up...blowing ash off the mountain, I realized I had holes in my filters. The pool has been off for a week waiting for the new filters to arrive....hence the "swamp look."

I took a few pictures getting closer and closer and finally, I couldn't keep Miss Mabel out of her yard any longer. She was quite anxious to see what had me so excited.

As Mabel and I both got closer, I was certain Mr. Duck would leave. As I navigated the edge of the pool, I heard flapping and started fussing at myself for missing his departure. I was even more shocked to find Mrs. Duck flying out of the brush near the pool to protect her mate from Mabel!

She landed with quite a splash and swam straight to Mister! Both kept a wary eye on Mabel. (They don't know how much she hates the deep pool!)

We checked the brush for eggs...none. Then we left them to enjoy their swim. They are still there now!


rottrover said...

It's Mr. and Mrs Mallard from the creek!! A very handsome couple!!


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Here's hoping it won't soon be time to make way for the ducklings:)

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Anonymous said...

How nice-houseguests enjoying the amenities! Hope Mabel doesn't get any of the ducklings if there are any around. And if there are ducklings around, be prepared-Mom and Dad will probably chase YOU away from your own yard!

Snowbrush said...

"The pool"! I never imagined. I had the image of you leading a simple life in a modest house.

I would have run those ducks out so fast it would have made their heads swim because, while I don't know that they poop in water, I can't think of any reason why they wouldn't, and it does seem like birds poop about as frequently as rabbits.

By the way, does Mabel swim in the pool, or is it a shared one?

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Snow, I bought a house I love and unfortunately, it came with a pool. It's so much work that most winters, I threaten to fill it in with dirt! But on summer nights when the air doesn't move and I can't sleep at all, it's heaven to go for a dip around midnight.

I toss all dogs into the pool when they come to visit or live here. The pool is DEEP - 5' just off the steps so knowing how to get out is vital. I realized I should have been a bit more gentle with Mabel as she has been terrified of the pool ever since...even when her K9 friends are over and swimming with me! She created a path behind some shrub to keep from having to even walk near the pool!

Unknown said...

Hmm..Interesting visitors!

If Eva saw them, she would go CRAZY (as you can probably imagine). Mabel is such a gentle sweetheart, just like our old gal, Laura. Both beautiful rottie girls, and so gentle and sweet in their own way!