Out & About Ducks

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A big Thank You to Louise who sent us these pictures of her A2 Art Exam featuring some of our lovely ducks! We think it is a Masterpiece and hope she gets a great grade for it!!

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Sir Richard Branson had his work cut out choosing a winner for  the Virgin #giveaflyingduck competition! JustDucks are delighted to see their ducks having such great adventures!! Congratulations to Josephine for her winning entry showing her Virgin duck on the ski slopes with her. She has won a trip to Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco. Wow!!! Some of the runners up were amazing too!

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Marie has been running Fundraising Duck races in the Czech Republic.  The race has been going from strength to strength and last year it raised over CZK 162,000 for two NGOs which help children with autism and learning difficulties. That is about CZK 100,000 more than in the first year!

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Start spreading the news – we just Love Love Love New York!!

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Help to Buy had so much fun taking their bespoke duck around their roadshows that they ran a competition on social media to name him. He is now oficially know as James Pond!! Love the graphics guys!

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Dragon Duck went on his holidays to Toronto and visited the spectacular Niagra Falls! He decided against going fir a swim!!

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Dragon Ducks supports the Blue Jays …. or maybe he’s just there for the popcorn!!

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That’s a big pond to swim across but I reckon I can make it….

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Zag is a very well travelled duck! He roams the world taking in the sites and seems to always find time to enjoy the food and drink along the way!! – Is that a cocktail? I think it may be!!

RomeZag went on his holidays to Rome and definietely enjoyed the view!!

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Silver & Royal Ducks enjoying a fantastic wedding – Congratulations from all of us at JDHQ. Photo by Roxy Wallis of Captured by a Roxy

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M&M and M&M and duck

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Ahoy there ma hardy – oh no sorry that’s a parrot’s line

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Hey it’s Ryan Air baby!

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Flipper & Flapper enjoying the sunshine in Lanzarote

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Get your ducks in a row – just like Clare in Essex did.

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Thank you Gordon for this romantic shot – Here are the two Quackers we left in the bathroom of their honeymoon suite for our daughter Kate and her new husband Rob to find on their wedding night.

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A huge Congratulations from all of us at Just Ducks

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Now that’s a nest

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Thank you to Mandy Melrose who sent us these pics and this caption: My selection of rubber ducks enjoying a holiday in Mexico in January. The two named Tutt 2 and Suggs were kidnapped by the animation team but were returned safely after a couple of days – Phew!

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Audley End House – Essex

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Cheers from our family who went skiing in France & thanks for the pictures

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Ducksford Air Museum – oops typo Duxford we mean

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Champneys Spa by Maxine

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Yoga pose – Italy by Karen

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Mad Hatters Tea Party at Sanderson Hotel, London by Carrie

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On holiday with Mandy Melrose in Mexico

Showjumping at Norton Heath

JustDucks are pleased to announce we are sponsoring a series of Showjumping Events at Norton Heath Equestrian Centre, Blackmore, Essex.
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The winners of each class will receive a rosette and of course a rubber duck.

To become the overall JustDucks Champion 2016, riders need to win as many classes as possible, and of course as many rubber ducks. With classes for all ages and heights, there’s plenty of chances to win and just as many ducks to choose from.

These events promise to be a great family day out, so come along and go feathers for fetlocks!

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Foll0w Norton Heath on Facebook to see all the incredible pictures and to keep up to date with events.

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Jeremy at The Lodge in Verbier

 

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I am so glad to be here in Verbier, nestled into the Swiss Alps surrounded by snow covered pines and clean mountain air. The snow is deep and the piste is twinkling in the bright sunshine like a Swarovski Bud Duck. The skiers look to be having a great time on the slopes, but I for one, am happy to relax and watch them from my vantage point at ‘The Lodge’.

It’s not all about the snow here, unless of course you include the Snowball cocktails that I was quite happily quacking back last night.  I think it’s called après ski and I think I’m quite good at it!

Today I decided to take it easy and have a swim in the indoor pool and a bob about in the jacuzzi instead of joining the others on the mountain. I’m now settled by the log fire watching a snow boarder who looks suspiciously like one of The Lodge guys attempting a black run – good luck pal, I’ll be keeping my feathers crossed for you!

You may be wondering how I’ve ended up on yet another luxury holiday.  Well it’s simple, it’s my prize from my fellow ducks at ‘The Lodge’ from our water fight on Necker Island at Christmas (see Necker Island blog 03/02/16). I can guarantee these guys know just how to live life to the fullest. While they are out on the slopes in their coats loaned from Eider, I’m simply relaxing with a Duck Egg Nog and waiting for our chef to cook up another culinary marvel.

I tell you what, I’m liking Verbier so much that I might just have to revisit in the summer to see what it’s like without the snow. Perhaps I’ll sample an activity holiday rather than watch one. Ha who am I kidding? The work of a roving reporter is a tiresome one, so an alpine rest will do just the job.

Tonight I’m giving the après ski a miss and getting an early night so I can hit the slopes bright and early with Mr Lodge tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Ghost hunting with Most Haunted

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I’m quite a brave duck when I need to be, after all, a roving duck reporter needs to have a certain amount of courage!

When I was asked to go ghost hunting at Middleton Hall in Tamworth with Yvette, Karl & Stewart from TV’s Most Haunted, I knew it was one of those stories I had to accept. I don’t mind admitting I was a bit scared and was not ghoulish enough to go alone, so I asked my duck buddies, Grim Reaper, Ghost and Skeleton to investigate with me.

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The journey felt as long as a migration, but that was possibly down to my nerves and Grim Reaper, Ghost and Skeleton’s excitement who claimed they “hadn’t been as ready for a night out since Halloween”. I need not have worried (yet), the team that welcomed us were warm and friendly and put my yellow feathers at ease.

It was an eventful night with lots of spooky activity.  Some of my fellow ghost hunters tried out the Ouija board with lots of success: banging in reply to questions, an unexplained dark shadow, the door locking from inside a room TWICE, whispering in ears and much more. It was enough to ruffle even the sturdiest of feathers.

There was a particularly active room that a hunter had seen a ghost go into earlier in the week which I was keen to investigate as any right feathered reporter would. I know if anyone can crack a mystery it’s me! However, on this occasion what occurred defied explanation and surprised me so much that even I forgot to snap any photos. Needless to say we left and I have marked this one as an ongoing investigation.

Grim Reaper, Ghost and Skeleton claimed they had the best night ever and stayed up until dawn. Me, I went to bed and slept remarkably well – it must have been the feathered mattress, coupled with the fact that I was exhausted from all that nervous energy, but don’t tell my buddies that, sssshhh we’ll call that our secret.

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16th Bonnyrigg Midwinter Duck Race

On Sunday 31st January 2016, 700 of the finest rubber feathered contenders and their owners braved the elements to take part in the 16th Bonnyrigg Midwinter Duck Race.

Bonnyrigg-Race-#2In true Bonnyrigg tradition the race was started by the sound of the vuvuzela by Scottish Rugby International player, Sam Hilalgo-Clyne.  And they were off!

The race raised an amazing total of £2,400 for the two nominated causes, Scotland’s National Children’s Charity called Children 1st and Scottish Huntington’s Association.

Well done to all involved!

Thank you to Bill MacDonald for the story and great photos.

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Sorry I’m so late in wishing you all a Happy New Year, I know Christmas seems so long ago. As you will find out I’ve been away on holiday at Necker Island, so you can’t blame me for not sending a newsletter from my sun lounger now can you?

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Jeremy Quaxman – Necker Island
After a hard year I deserved a break with my pals, so I joined them in Necker Island…read more

Send your duck-related pics and stories to Quaxman via newsdesk@justducks.co.uk , join us @justducksuk or pond, sorry, bond with us on Facebook.

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We had loads of entries for our photo competition. See the winning pic
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And an interesting fact not too many ducks know…
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We’ve been working with more hotels, after all what says luxury more than a long soak in the bath?
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We’ve had some great laughs with our Twitter followers & Facebook friends this month. Please follow us if you aren’t already, so Jeremy can scoop the stories while they are hot.

COMING SOON…
Just Ducks are getting ready to launch a new retail site that’ll have your tail feathers twitching. It’ll be packed with new images, new stock/duck characters and a search engine to make them all easier to find.