Message from the Consul General

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It is spring all around. Almost a year has passed since I arrived in Edinburgh.  I remember that I wrote then about bluebells in my garden.  It was a pleasant surprise that so many people responded positively to my mention of the bluebells.  Please find the attached pictures of bluebells this year.

Today’s topic, however, is not bluebells, but a wild duck.  One morning last year, we suddenly began to hear the chirpings of ducklings.  Actually the eggs had just hatched that morning!  We called the SSPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) right away to ensure that no predators would harm the ducklings.  In fact, we were completely unaware till then that the mother duck had been nesting over the past month.  Please enjoy the attached photo, in which the mother duck is followed by her cute ducklings.

This year, however, was different.  Some weeks ago, I discovered that a duck had begun nesting in the same place as last year.  We decided to peek at it through a window so as not to disturb it.  As of this writing, it is still warming its eggs.  I suspect that it now knows that we have been watching it because our eyes sometimes meet.  The mother duck must be aware that we will do no harm.  I sincerely hope that the eggs will hatch safely and the duck family will find a safe home with the help of the kind people from the SSPCA.