Sad To Say

Victoria Park (Ducks)It’s come to this in Victoria Park with all the rain we’ve been having. (click photo to enlarge)


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Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

26 thoughts on “Sad To Say”

  1. We had a mallard couple feeding in the puddle at the foot of our driveway 2 weeks ago. They came back over several days, feeding, preening, and catching the sun (there was some then) on the sidewalk.

  2. Me too. About 2 weeks ago a pair was on the lawn puddle, in front of Gov’t house.
    Lask week a mum showed up in my back lane, behind my rollout bin.. She laid 5 eggs.

  3. Moisture. Saturation. Ground becomes full-up and water pools on surface. Ducks take advantage. That’s nature. Hope the grass isn’t full of lecherous herbicide. If human activity stopped in this city (or any city) for one year it’d be overrun by animals and weeds and shrubs and trees. Imagine 10 years. It’s actually amazing, the invisibility of our constant desperate efforts to tame and groom our environment.

  4. Ron: keep your eyes open for a mom and baby duck parade leading to the nearest substantial watercourse (e.g. retention pond or drainage canal). Mallards like to nest upland, away from the water’s edge.

    Talbot: look up “lecherous”.

  5. Yeah that’s what I said. Since these substances often have unintended consequences on animal’s reproductive organs I think “lecherous” stands up :)

  6. (That’s one for the kids who score life nowadays based on a series of “likes” or “dislikes” represented by a blue thumb-up or thumb-down, following a 1-second assessment)

  7. There’s flowery, and then there’s way off the mark, understandable to Talbot perhaps, but not to readers. If communication is your aim, you don’t do it with idiosyncratic “definitions”.

  8. Thanks guys! Is “flowery” what that is? Good enuf for me. However, Barb is right: I do need WAY more sleep. More calisthenics, better hydration, and more virile snacks.

  9. Cucumbers? Celery? Carrots? Asparagus?

    Always a delight to hear from you, agent w, whoever you may be.

  10. (I wonder just what good dictionary she gets that from — you know, the kind she has but alleges Talbot lacks.)

  11. agent w, there are better ways to expend your energy — such as looking up the difference between “paraphrase” and “usage” — than in trying to defend the indefensible.
    Maybe, also, get some sunshine, because it’s not here for long.

  12. (Knowing she can’t back up her claims, she shifts ground and turns to personal attack.)

  13. agent w, perhaps you also require a remedial reading program, as well as more Vitamin D.

  14. You all need a room.
    Yes Barb. I used to live on Hillsdale &23rdave.
    There was a nest in the bush , when the Shell was there.
    It rained, just like this week, & the mum, took her kids to the daycare sandlot. (It resemembled a beach, for a couple of days).

    I’m about 500m from Lac A.E.Wilson. I hope I’m around to direct traffic for them.
    She & the kids, have to cross 8th ave for about 150m.

  15. Today I snacked on an apple fritter from Robin’s Dougnuts – About the size of a deflated volleyball, big chunks of soggy apple, plain on one side but fully glazed on the other, just the way it should be. Again, nutrition on par with that of a bright red slurpee, but still, had to be done.

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