I mentioned last week that the eider ducks were at the nesting stage and this week we have ducklings !! It is interesting though that female eider ducks work together in a sort of co-operative creche to look after the young. You will see three or four 'mother' ducks with as many as 16 or 18 ducklings all in a group. I looked it up on the internet and seemingly the ducks socialise with one another and agree who does what to look after the creche. There is even a decision about whose ducklings get to be in the middle of the group and which ones on the outside ! The ones on the outside are more vulnerable to attacks by sea gulls. Unfortunately, as the days go by the number of ducklings diminishes quite considerably due to the predatory gulls and mink. The male ducks don't seem to play much part in the creche arrangement ! No surprise there then !! No pictures of the broods I'm afraid, just too far away to catch on camera.
Next, an update on the Leno Lace scarf. It is finished, washed and fringed and will make a pretty summer scarf but the second one is Brooke's Bouquet ! The leno took too long although I could just have done small areas of it or I could have added plain weave rows in between. This is how it looks.
The other finished project is the Classic Drall scarf and I am very pleased with it. The selvedges look good and the colours shimmer nicely. You can see in the picture how well it drapes. Sometime I must get a dummy, a coat hanger doesn't show things off very well !!
I am going to do scarf number two in the same colourway so no new weaving to write about for a while. The warp is for four scarves so this may take a while !
No new knitting to report, I am still working on the New Zealand wool scarf !
The week has passed all too quickly, too much time spent playing golf and working in the garden. The weather has been so good it was a shame not to take advantage of it. I came second in our local competition last week and my handicap came down to 19 !
So, a short blog this week. We have a long Bank Holiday next weekend so hoping for good weather.
Speak to you soon and thanks for visiting.