It was Violet’s eighth birthday yesterday. Which coincided with the last day of school for 2012.
The WHOLE school (of just over 20 students, with parents chiming in loudly) sang Happy Birthday to her.
She got her special cake – chocolate mud no icing (just icing sugar!) and stick in sugar roses that she could hand to someone else (and yes, World’s Fussiest Child).
Her mother was slightly relived when she decided she just wanted an ‘8’ shaped cake. (And yes, World’s Least Cake Decorating Talented Mother).
But the REAL highlight of the day, were the three little offerings I had driven three hours for the previous day.
Three little yellow downy….
Ever since this encounter, ‘ducklings’ have been the only real wish on her birthday list.
I think she might have been a TEENSY bit excited to unwrap our offering.
(A big thanks to our jackaroos Lachy and Cal for ‘duck-sitting’ the previous night!)
Of course, keeping them safer than ‘Bolt‘ will be a challenge. The woman who sold these to me advised that crows are their most likely predator. We can add cat and snakes to our list.
Axel may scare them to death, but doubt he’d actually eat them. He is awfully curious though, and when they have a little run on the lawn, he does get tied up!
Many hours have already been spent holding, stroking, talking to and generally getting these three little Welsh Harlequin babies over their natural shyness.
No point resisting little one – get used to the attention!
After great debate, they have been christened… Nibbles, Bubbles and Troubles.
I get a great kick out of the joy she takes in such a simple gift – at just $7 each, they didn’t break the bank.
Of course, keeping them from the various predators will be our challenge.
I’ve a feeling they’ll be very closely watched though, don’t you?
How about you – what’s the most memorable gift you received as a child?