Monday, July 30, 2007

Ornamental Roofing

You know how you occasionally see cool stuff on people's roofs - chimney pots, dragons, finials and no end of clay or stone creatures. Personally, I have always coveted a gargoyle or two, the ones that perch right at the roof apex, peering downwards in a somewhat haughty and slightly threatening manner. Call me strange but I reckon they are very cool.

Well, I was surprised on my return from the local swimming pool this morning to discover that I now have my very own gargoyle! Not quite as creepy a gargoyle as I'd hoped for but hey, I'm impressed. Let me introduce you to...

GARGOYLE de la DUCK

Why is there a duck on my roof? Is this not an odd thing? And now I come to think about it I heard quacking yesterday so I think he's been around for a while. I went out to take this photo and he/she peered down at me quite unbothered, and I was chatting to him quietly so as not to scare him, and he was quite taken with this and engaged me in a gentle chattering quacky conversation.

Then he slowly waddled down the roof tiles, doing tiny little quacky noises all the while. Finally he made his way over the guttering a flew to the ground where he proceeded to walk right up to me and looked up at me expectantly!


I was his new best friend, he showed no hint of shyness at all. I was very tempted to try and touch him but restrained myself in case I scared him away. Instead I wandered around the garden and he happily followed me round. Finally I went inside and now an hour or so later I just heard him quacking up on the roof again. I have no idea what is going through this little quacker's mind and why he/she thinks our roof is a cool place to hang out. It will be interesting to see how long it stays!

Edit: The duck nicked off for a few days but now she's back - Steve spotted her this morning. She was sitting on the roof of his shed and scared him to death. Then she had a little quacky conversation with him too! AND, she brought a duck friend with her! They've gone now but I'm wondering if they are eyeing off the little fish in our backyard pond!

9 comments:

kirsty said...

Friends of mine had a duck in their yard for two days. As soon as I sent a recipe for Duck a l'orange it disappeared!!
I love gargoyles, too.

Knittingand said...

I read somewhere that only girl ducks quack. I have no idea if it's true though (it wasn't a very reputable source of information). After watching Shaun of the Dead I'm still trying to figure out if dogs can look up, but that's a whole 'nother story

:-)

Miss Dot said...

I think she is up there admiring the view from what will soon be her pond if the rain doesn't stop soon! I am so over it, you? I know we need it and all but honestly couldn't we just have it at night? :-) stay dry.

feli said...

Oooo Ducks. We use to have a family of ducks at my old apartment and they love swimming in the Pool.

It must be a girl duck because I read somewhere that only girl ducks quack.

Dy said...

Well, I never knew that girl ducks were the quackers, thanks for enlightening me people! :-)

Sasha said...

How gorgeous :) You've been honoured by the best gargoyle in town - a live one! Hope your friendship deepens and you learn the secret of your duckie's intriguing choice of nesting spot!

Fel said...

Is she still there?

Feather on a Wire said...

Lovely.
We had a pair visiting daily when DD was about five. Eventually they learnt if they turned up at 5.30pm we would give them some bread. They were never early nor late.
AND I do have a gargoyle on my house. It's a modern salt glazed one. I'll take a photo later today and put it on my blog. We love him dearly.

Jones Roofing said...

Having two or more ducks flocking your roof could post a serious treat on your roof. Seeking professional advice from your local roofing company might be a good idea.