Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Ducks, Drakes and the Death of Joey.

Bye, Bye Joey!

Joey: 26/04/2009 - 22/01/2014

A bit of a sad start to the day with the loss of Joey, our original drake, who was one of the first ducklings we hatched in the tiny polystyrene incubator back in April 2009. He was a bit of a character, having graduated from an oven tray to a large cat litter tray to an inflatable paddling pool as makeshift ponds until we moved here and he got his first proper duck pond.

Joey, Phoebe and Monica

Joey, Phoebe and Monica were the first three ducklings hatched in Spring 2009 but we now have just Phoebe remaining, who shares the mini orchard with the other trio of home-hatched ducks. Monica was killed by a fox in 2012 and I haven't incubated or hatched any more duck eggs since then, so we are down to 3 ducks and 1 drake.

As if by magic, the postman delivered me a little lucky bag this morning, which helped lighten the mood. Many thanks to K in Brighton for a lovely selection of googly eyes, pompoms, feathers and squeakers! These are greatly appreciated and will certainly be put to good use.

These are now safely tucked away in the 'Magical Box' along with my Billy Can until I can take the time to create something that's frugal and fun. Already feeling inspired but must complete my knitting project before starting out on any more crafty adventures.

NYK, Frugaldom


  1. So sorry about the loss of your Joey my lovely :(

    Pleased you were sent a lucky bag on this particular day give you something to think about!
    Looking forward to seeing what you make.
    Take care dear lady.

  2. Sorry to hear about Joey. It won't be the same without him waddling around your garden.
    i'm really enjoying your Frugal Bytes by the way. Interesting reading.

  3. Goodbye Joey....what a handsome fellow he was.
    Sorry for the loss NYK..our creatures really work themselves into our lives and leave a hole when they are gone.

  4. RIP Joey.

    It's always sad to lose an old timer that's been with you a while, I love their names by the way.

  5. It always seems to sad to say goodbye but glad your heart was lifted by the gift.


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