Friday, March 16, 2012

Let me introduce you to our Toll Duck

This is our Toll Duck.
Not everyone has one of these little cuties. 
She actually belongs to the neighbour but she lives on the road frontage between our properties.
Every day when I drive down our drive to the gate she sees me coming and stands in the middle of the drive and won't let me pass, unless I throw her some bread.
Some mornings she sees my car coming and runs up the drive stopping me half way. This of course means I have to get out of the car, run down to the gate, get her attention by throwing out the bread off to the side of the driveway, open the gate, run back to the car and get in and drive down the drive and through the gate before she's eaten all her bread.
Some mornings I need to leave the house an extra 10 minutes early, just to get through the gate!
I think I would be the only person in Palmerston North who drives to work with a spare piece of bread in their car for the return trip. Yes, she's waiting for me when I get home too.
And Mr Madness and Mess also meets with the same demands. Often she's just sitting on the grass waiting...
We put a dish of water out for her which she loves. She's getting quite friendly now, and she chatters away to me in duck language when I talk to her.

There, so now you've met my Toll Duck!
Carole x

22 comments:

Danee said...

My mom had a pet duck as a child and described Mr Peepers as ver smart and very social just as you are learning your duck is. Mr. Peepers would the pen and meet my mom on the corner everyday after school. He knew when she was coming home every.single.day. Enjoy your duck...

Julie said...

Your friendly duck has got me smiling and chuckling :-) Years ago our neighbours cat used to wait for us to come home and eventually came to live with us when the neighbour emigrated and I have a blackbird in the garden who waits for me to put food out in the morning but a duck is something new.

Jennifer said...

Your duck has you wrapped round her little finger!

MosaicMagpie said...

What a fun post! I hope you don't run out of seed or bread crumbs or have an emergency and need to get out fast!
Deb

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Carole. Great duck story! Sometimes it's the little things in life that make it worthwhile.
best, nadia

Annette said...

What a great story.... I've had a good giggle.... thankyou..
It's pouring rain here today, yep... good weather for ducks!!!
hugs

Jill said...

What a fun story although I could sure see it being frustrating for you if you're in a hurry.

DIAN said...

Lovely post, thanks for sharing this special part of your daily life.

Irene said...

Such great fun have a pet duck! My mom once lived on the very edge of a small hamlet - ducks lived in the narrow canal and came begging at her backdoor. They started tapping on the glassdoor of the kitchen when they saw her cooking breakfast....
Enjoy her company!

Joanna said...

What a cutie. Sounds like she's got you well trained!

Sandie said...

I wonder who trained who here? LOL!
She's cute!

Sandie xx

Janelle said...

That is hilarious. It would be nice to have a little friend, even though I'm sure it is a bit of a pain some days. I'm always running late everywhere as is, so I would have to leave really early to be on time.

Linda said...

What an adorable and mischievous duck .... a troll if you will! Like in a fairytale! Be very careful of that one!

Raewyn said...

o gosh, you are right,not everybody has their own Toll Duck!! It sounds like you are very well trained -isn't that how it should be?!

Mrs A said...

there's nothing like a little duck toll, i say, everyone should have one! Our neighbourhood ducks will have to wisen up! Lovely post!

florenceandfreddie said...

Hi Carole, Thank you for visiting my blog. I am so pleased you did else I would not have found you. Fantastic blog. Need to come back with a coffee in hand to have a mooch.
Regards Florence x

Margaret said...

Love your adopted duck, great character! mx

Magpie's Mumblings said...

So funny! I can just hear you having to explain your being late getting to work - I can only imagine the reaction.

Anne@A Little Fur in the Paint said...

That is so sweet! Lovely blog; I'm a new follower!
So nice to meet you!
Best,
Anne ♥♥

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Aha, you do like ducks and that is such a cute post. She seems like boss duck! thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Suzy x

Melinda Cornish said...

This just makes me laugh.....What a sweet little thing she is...demanding, but sweet.

Eva said...

I know this is an old post of yours, but just came across your beautiful blog and love all you make, however this little duckie story is the cutest!!!!! I adore him or her and I would gladly carry bread around for him or her anyday....LOL