For this week’s photo challenge, here’s my kind of security – Duck Alarms.
I love these two. They live in a garden round the corner from me and are always on the alert. They quack “I spy!”
Keeping an eye on passersby, both get louder as strangers get closer.
Of course, they have their daily routines.
And when it gets too hot, they love a bit of shade.
One is always on watch. I like to stop and chat and pass the time of day.
Love a duck!
Hans Christian Andersen’s anniversary was April 1st. The Ugly Ducking is the best story I can suggest for this theme ‘Security.’ Do read the unexpurgated version (eg. the version translated from the Danish by Erik Christian Haugaard) which begins
It was so beautiful out in the country. It was summer. The oats were still green, but the wheat was turning yellow. Down in the meadow, the grass had been cut and made into haystacks; and there the storks walked on their long red legs talking Egyptian, because that was the language they had been taught by their mothers …
Carol McGirr, a great storyteller in Toronto, told this story and it was mesmerising! I heard her tell it twice at the “1001 Nights of Storytelling” held every Friday night in that city since 1978.
All text (except quotes) and photos by Meg. Reference
The Penguin Complete Fairy Tales and Stories of Hans Andersen. Translated by Erik Christian Haugaard, Harmondsworth, 1974 pp216 -224
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