Rest easy, Flora …

27/02/2017 § 10 Comments


My darling Flora Puddleduck went to sleep today.  I’m heartbroken but take some comfort from knowing that she had a wonderful life and was so much loved and well looked after every day of her little life.  She’d have been 6 this Spring.

A while ago I did a post about her here with links to some of my favourite posts.  When my husband passed away and I didn’t want to blog,  I spoke through Flora who became my guest blogger.  She’s been a constantly cheerful garden companion, a feisty character and a charming member of our family who has regarded me as her Mother Duck, since she first spied me that morning in Cornwall when she was a tiny, newly hatched scrap of feather and beak.

I’ll look back through the hundreds photos of her one day but it’s too soon at the moment.  Today, the garden seems very quiet without her quiet quacking whenever I venture outside.  She used to quack a louder greeting whenever I drew up in the car and Belle has been looking for her in all her secret places this afternoon.

This poem will always be a poignant reminder of my darling Flora Puddleduck …

With a bit of luck, a duck will come into your life.
When you are at the peak of your great powers
And your achievement towers like a smoking chimney stack
There’ll be a quack,
And right at your feet, a
 little duck will stand.

She will take you by the hand and lead you,
Like a child with no defence;
She will lead you into wisdom, joy and innocence.

That little duck.
We wish you luck.

                                                           Michael Leunig


Night, night Flora

Adaliza x

§ 10 Responses to Rest easy, Flora …

  • Sarah West says:

    So sorry to hear your sad news, dear Flora was such an important par of your family. Thinking of you. Sarah x


  • Deborah says:

    My heart goes out to you, it is never easy to lose those so close to us.


  • Linda Kendall says:

    Sending love and can only guess at how you feel. Adventures of Flora will be greatly missed. Keep creating and cherish your memories. X


  • This breaks my heart. I am so sorry. Maria and I both feel very sad for your loss, and also heartened by her story… such a comfort to think how she loved you, and you her, and how this made such a beautiful difference in your lives. God bless pets, and friendships. Oh, gee. One wants to say uplifting things, but honestly… it’s just terrible losing loved ones. (((hugs)))


  • AUNTIE SHAN says:


    She’ll be MISSED!


  • Liz Launder says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss of Flora, it is as bad as losing a family member. I am suffering at the moment as my ex husband passed away last week. If we had still been married I would be getting sympathy but because we were divorced 10 years ago people seem to think I don’t care. I knew him for 50 years and we were married for 40 years.

    Thank you for the quilt kit which my partner bought for me at Stansted Christmas Fair. I started it in Dubai earlier this month as it was light and easy to take on holiday and am enjoying sewing all the pieces together by hand.

    Liz Launder-Sarll ________________________________


  • knotrune says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this, she was always fun to read about and must have brightened your life so much. And you hers of course. The poem is perfect.


  • Cynthia Groenig says:

    So sorry that you have lost Flora. What a lovely life she had. Cindy Bay View.


  • adaliza says:

    Thank you. See you in June – let’s do lunch!


  • adaliza says:

    Hi Cindy – not sure if this will pop up in your inbox but I’m coming down to Bay View on Saturday. Hope you’re around – with new quilts to share!


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