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Chief Seattle (1786–1866) leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes

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The tell tale crunch of ice as I shut the boat down in the early hours of the morning, the night sky achingly beautiful, clear to infinity, heralded the start of a another cold spell forecast for the next few days. Pleasantly tired I hit the sack and slipped into a deep dream laden world of endless sun and blue sky, of earthbound and heavenly horizons.

This morning I woke early and, looking out, saw a young swan that has stayed with us for some days now, trapped in the ice, barely able to move. So, quickly, I exchanged the cosy warmth of the cabin for the nose-numbing air yet to rise under a cloud hindered tepid sun.

Although out in the sticks with rarely a  passing soul, my haste was to free the youngster before it was intimidated by a predatory dog or passer by that might cause it to injure itself trying to flee. There was also the possibility the ice might thicken further.

Anyhow, after some judicious breaking of ice with an arms length extended barge pole, the young swan, unruffled by my attack on the ice, was free and paddled to the stern of the boat, hemmed in now by his own private ice pond. Gunner sat watching, head cocked to one side, tail sweeping the towpath, waiting. He gave the impression of just biding his time, entertained by my antics, until I was reminded to give him my fullest attention and take him for his early morning constitutional. I smiled.

Ok, Gun's, I'm all yours, let's go fella!
2nd Feb 2015, 13:10  


swamprose says:

Ten points for swan saving! And ten points to Gunner for patience.

3rd Feb 2015, 06:46

wilvir says:

Hi Swamprose, Thanks, yes, a rewarding outcome.

8th Feb 2015, 19:26

lovely story and well done saving the young swan

14th Feb 2015, 14:58

wilvir says:

Hi Strange little girl, He drops by most days now :)

14th Feb 2015, 23:43

He has adopted you :D

15th Feb 2015, 10:20

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29th Apr 2015, 21:24