Acquired two free, young Rouen drakes (ducks), whose advances were roundly rejected by the immature laying ducks. The lady who dropped them off had hatched them, but apparently she had a roughly 1:1 ratio of drakes to females, and the latter group were feeling roundly harassed. We thought she was bringing two drakes and a duck (female) but she was only getting rid of her drakes. This is fine, as our 10 straight-run Rouens are due to make their way to the freezer any day now, so a free drake past the ideal slaughter age means one more at prime in the freezer. We will probably find another home for the second free drake. At the moment they are a little shy of people, so I had to try to capture them while running past, hence the blurry images. My second son did manage to catch one and bond with it, sort of.
Mrs. D. and I spent the morning removing a circle of railroad ties from the front lawn and putting them in a neat stack next to the shed. They were part of a landscaping plan that pre-dated our presence here, but they looked a mess and required a whole lot of unnecessary weed-whacking. With a little smoothing of the bumps, it will now be possible to cut it all with the mower. Found a huge colony of large red ants under some of the ties, which reminds me that I need to order or formulate some orange oil/molasses hormicide for when the biting critters are close enough to the house to create a hazard.
Took the kids to the movies in the afternoon.