There once was a ugly duckling ...
The story of the "Ugly duckling" by Hans Christian Anderson always touched me as a child. I felt sorry for the ugly duckling when he was teased and went sadly off on his own, but was glad when he turned into a beautiful swan. Maybe he ended up somewhere as beautiful as this.
This is Abbotsbury Swannery, there has been a swannery here since 1040, when swans were breed by monks for lavish banquets. The swans still live here today and are no longer eaten. They are free to come and go - there are about 800 swans that live along the Fleet Lagoon here. In May and June you can walk through the colony of nesting Mute swans. There are usually about 100 breeding birds, producing 500 eggs!
The swans are fed twice a day on wheat grains and seeing so many swans together is quite a sight. They are much more tolerant of people, compared with other swans you may encounter.
With so many swans to feed they asked for volunteers to help feed them, and I had to offer to help! ( I am the closest one in the picture.)
The eggs are quite large, about four inches long, we weren't lucky enough to see any cygnets emerging from the egg.
There were however lots of cute cygnets to see.
What was your favourite fairy tales? I also liked the "Elves and the shoemaker" - the ladybird book of this was wonderful and "Three billy goats Gruff". It's amazing how these stories have passed through the generations. I re-looked at some of the stories from Hans Christian Anderson and enjoyed reading some of this stories again, so many focus on nature see here.
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