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Donald Duck Day is a quacker

Eider expect your party is in full swing already because… Donald Duck Day is a quacker.

Our beloved Donald first waddled onto our screens on this day back in The Wise Little Hen.

And oh boy, oh boy, oh boy… we’ve been loving his company ever since.

The Four Cabbaleros

I first met The Original Donald when another was trying to steal his shade back in November 2018.

He Disney half look good

Donald was wintering where we all want to make for, Florida.

While, of course, Donald has homes all over the world.

I am not worthy

And I followed him from Orlando to Anaheim.

And danced away with the Three Caballeros.

Of course while today is about the Donald I’ve taken my duck fun wherever I find it.

The Duckmaster

So when the Duckmeister invited us to the Duck Parade in Memphis, well I was there in double quack time.

Rib a dub duck

I’ve been hooting my quacker today, lining up my Northern Ireland Hastings ducks in a row and getting ready for my party.

So don that duck suit, waddle around the house and watch your Donald Duck films.

Me? Being of the Scottish variety be celebrating with my people, the McDuck clan.

The McDucks are, of course, from a rich lineage going back to the ancestral home of Dismal Downs.

Near the village of MacDuich somewhere in Rannoch Moor.

The McDucks

With the main duck on The Walk of Fame

We owe it all to the union of Hortense McDuck and Quackmore Duck and gave us the genius creation of Scrooge McDuck.

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! I’ll get a smile out of old Scrooge.

On this day because Donald Duck Day is a quacker.

 

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The travel pack – the birds of the world

Does anyone else here feel like Burt Lancaster in the Birdman of Alcatraz? Oh, to be that little birdie with his freedom.

So let’s take wing and celebrate our feathered friends around the world.

The Spoonbill

Scoop of the day. www.algarve-birdwatching.com

Rio Formosa, Quinta do Lago, Algarve: And anyone who didn’t think that God has a sense of humour hasn’t paid attention to how he made us all.

For every pink flamingo there’s a Spoonbill.

I found these fancy snouted fellas in the Via Formosa in Quinta do Lago in the Algarve…

Their bills, of course, are purpose-built to scoop up all that pond life to give them fuel for the skies.

Yes, Pink Flamingoes

In the pink: In Busch Gardens

Pink Flamingoes, Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, Florida: And for those Fiftysomethings among us the opening shots for the Florida soap Flamingo Road made us fall in love with these birds

Yes, and Morgan Fairchild, to be fair.

I got up close with a flamingo out in SeaWorld and again he is a reminder of God’s Grandeur.

Heron good things about you

You’ll have a long wingspan then

Herons, Kuramathi, The Maldives: And you know when a bird has her eye on you.

She even came into the pool with me every morning.

Kuramathi is a bird-watcher’s dream, big, small, skinny, plump, and every colour.

And as bird-watching is a stationary pastime isn’t it a relief that you don’t have to freeze your whatsits off either?

Caribbean wood doves and mockingbirds

The West Indies: Rihanna, my wood dove used to join me in my hot tub in Barbados of a morning… and leave a mess in the bedroom.

I would forgive Rihanna anything though.

The West Indians take their nature very seriously, just as seriously as their rum and their music.

And Ean The Birdman of Tobago will show you around his Adventure Eco Villas where the birdies will twirl and tweet around your head.

You can stay too and awake to birdsong.

And not forgetting the Duck

Ducks everywhere: Whether they’re the rubber ones in your bath at Hastings Hotels in Northern Ireland (or in mine).

Or with The Donald in Epcot in Florida or in Anaheim.

Following the Duckmaster and the quackers down to the fountain in the hotel lobby in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis.

MEET YOU WITH YOUR BINOS

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The Duckmaster of the Peabody

They’ve got all their ducks in a row in the penthouse suite with the Duckmaster at The Peabody Hotel, Memphis.

But these ducks are going down on the lift for their morning swim.

And the rest of the hotel’s guests, yours truly included, will just have to wait.

Meet the Peabody Ducks.

Every day since 1940 they have been marched to the lift down to the lobby.

Along the red carpet and into the fountain before being marched back up again later.

Legend has it that the General Manager Frank Schutt and a friend Chip Barwick had let ducks loose in the hotel after a hunting trip in Arkansas.

Double Quack time

Whiskey was taken

Our intrepid adventurers had, of course, drunk too much Tennessee whiskey.

That’s the two men, not the ducks.

Today’s Duckmaster Anthony is kitted out appropriately.

He is carrying a cane with a duck head at the top and keeps us all entertained with Duck tails.

If you’re very lucky he will pick you out.

He might even give you the very special role of Honorary Duckmaster.

And that entitles you to help guide them into the fountain.

It’s all quackers.

But I love it, the Duckmaster of Peabody Hotel.

The Peabody, just down from Beale Street, is a Memphis institution and treats its guests almost as well as its ducks.

Love a duck

Good ol’ Southern Hospitality

Southern Hospitality is not a myth.

We stayed in three hotels on our Deep South odyssey.

So as well as the Peabody we enjoyed the luxury of the Hampton Inn in Cleveland, Mississippi.

And the signature Westin in Jackson, Mississippi.

In Cleveland we dined at the Airport Grocery which is actually a bar/diner as big as a ranch.

Appropriate really as I ended up watching rodeo on the TV.

One good ol’ Southern Boy in our company playfully lassoed in one of the gals and the diner resident dog as we watched.

The Southerner’s idea of B&Bs are really more glorious antebellum country houses.

And you might even bump into the cast of The Help who had stayed in the one we visited when they filmed here.

You too will be treated like a lord or lady.

Good ol’ Southern fried food

Yeehaw!

The Iron Horse Grill in Jackson served up the best Barbecue.

Wash it down with Dr Pepper or local craft beer (Old Miss is my favourite) and has a fascinating exhibition.

Talking of exhibitions.

You have Mississippi’s Two Museums, the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum https://www.mdah.ms.gov/2MM/.

While you should also check out the Mississippi Museum of Art in the boho part of Jackson.

Learn too of the Mississippians journey through art. After the tour and steak and wine-fuelled dinner that is.

Here on this our last night Yolanda, our Jackson host, serenaded us.

With Merry Christmas To You and gave us all a hearty hug and farewell. ‘Now, come back y’all’.

Try and stop me!

Seasonal greetings

Going South

I flew return with Aer Lingus to Newark and United Airlines to Memphis, via Newark.

Returning Jackson, Mississippi to Houston, Texas, Newark, New Jersey and onto Dublin.

Car hire

3 nights Memphis – Peabody

1 nights Cleveland – Hampton Inn

2 nights Natchez – The Burns B&B

2 nights Jackson – Westin

Costs may vary.

Lead in cost per person £1655.

Visit http://www.deep-south-usa.com for more information.

And here is my American Trilogy https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/culture/the-promised-land-martin-luther-king/, https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2020/04/12/the-story-of-the-blues/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/elvispresley-the-king-of-kings/.

And if you love a duck as much as me then have a read at https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/05/in-new-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/12/16/love-a-duck-at-christmas/

While here’s the duck of ducks… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/culture/disney-why-i-love-the-donald/

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Love a Belfast and Memphis duck at Christmas

And https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-promised-land-martin-luther-king/ Or https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/07/03/disneystarwarsopening-stair-wars/.

While https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/05/in-new-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/03/in-more-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/01/in-other-duck-related-news/

Which their Duckmaster parades through the Tennessee city’s hotel lobby.

The Duckmaster

With the main duck

So here’s a big shout-out to all our feathered friends in all their guises.

And a recommendation for a great Christmas present, a voucher for Hastings Hotels… www.hastingshotels.com.

Yes, I love a Belfast and Memphis duck at Christmas.

These are some quackers thoughts from America… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/disney-why-i-love-the-donald/

And https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-promised-land-martin-luther-king/ Or https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/07/03/disneystarwarsopening-stair-wars/.

While https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/05/in-new-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/03/in-more-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/01/in-other-duck-related-news/

Which their Duckmaster parades through the Tennessee city’s hotel lobby.

The Duckmaster

With the main duck

So here’s a big shout-out to all our feathered friends in all their guises.

And a recommendation for a great Christmas present, a voucher for Hastings Hotels… www.hastingshotels.com.

Yes, I love a Belfast and Memphis duck at Christmas.

Bandanaman the star and the duck in Hollywood

I refer, of course, to the Memphis Peabody Hotel ducks in America.Which you can check out at http://www.peabodymemphis.com

These are some quackers thoughts from America… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/disney-why-i-love-the-donald/

And https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-promised-land-martin-luther-king/ Or https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/07/03/disneystarwarsopening-stair-wars/.

While https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/05/in-new-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/03/in-more-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/01/in-other-duck-related-news/

Which their Duckmaster parades through the Tennessee city’s hotel lobby.

The Duckmaster

With the main duck

So here’s a big shout-out to all our feathered friends in all their guises.

And a recommendation for a great Christmas present, a voucher for Hastings Hotels… www.hastingshotels.com.

Yes, I love a Belfast and Memphis duck at Christmas.

And fear not Hastings you have the Irish pond all to yourselves.

Bandanaman the star and the duck in Hollywood

I refer, of course, to the Memphis Peabody Hotel ducks in America.Which you can check out at http://www.peabodymemphis.com

These are some quackers thoughts from America… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/disney-why-i-love-the-donald/

And https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-promised-land-martin-luther-king/ Or https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/07/03/disneystarwarsopening-stair-wars/.

While https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/05/in-new-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/03/in-more-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/01/in-other-duck-related-news/

Which their Duckmaster parades through the Tennessee city’s hotel lobby.

The Duckmaster

With the main duck

So here’s a big shout-out to all our feathered friends in all their guises.

And a recommendation for a great Christmas present, a voucher for Hastings Hotels… www.hastingshotels.com.

Yes, I love a Belfast and Memphis duck at Christmas.

But there’s another hotel which instantly comes to mind when I think of Hastings.

And fear not Hastings you have the Irish pond all to yourselves.

Bandanaman the star and the duck in Hollywood

I refer, of course, to the Memphis Peabody Hotel ducks in America.Which you can check out at http://www.peabodymemphis.com

These are some quackers thoughts from America… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/disney-why-i-love-the-donald/

And https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-promised-land-martin-luther-king/ Or https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/07/03/disneystarwarsopening-stair-wars/.

While https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/05/in-new-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/03/in-more-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/01/in-other-duck-related-news/

Which their Duckmaster parades through the Tennessee city’s hotel lobby.

The Duckmaster

With the main duck

So here’s a big shout-out to all our feathered friends in all their guises.

And a recommendation for a great Christmas present, a voucher for Hastings Hotels… www.hastingshotels.com.

Yes, I love a Belfast and Memphis duck at Christmas.

And my love for the Donald from my visits to Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim.

Peabody quackers

But there’s another hotel which instantly comes to mind when I think of Hastings.

And fear not Hastings you have the Irish pond all to yourselves.

Bandanaman the star and the duck in Hollywood

I refer, of course, to the Memphis Peabody Hotel ducks in America.Which you can check out at http://www.peabodymemphis.com

These are some quackers thoughts from America… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/disney-why-i-love-the-donald/

And https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-promised-land-martin-luther-king/ Or https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/07/03/disneystarwarsopening-stair-wars/.

While https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/05/in-new-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/03/in-more-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/01/in-other-duck-related-news/

Which their Duckmaster parades through the Tennessee city’s hotel lobby.

The Duckmaster

With the main duck

So here’s a big shout-out to all our feathered friends in all their guises.

And a recommendation for a great Christmas present, a voucher for Hastings Hotels… www.hastingshotels.com.

Yes, I love a Belfast and Memphis duck at Christmas.

Now there’s something about ducks which brings out the big softie in me… it’s something about the big lips. And this video is gorgeous… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlQ05_6jyHM

And my love for the Donald from my visits to Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim.

Peabody quackers

But there’s another hotel which instantly comes to mind when I think of Hastings.

And fear not Hastings you have the Irish pond all to yourselves.

Bandanaman the star and the duck in Hollywood

I refer, of course, to the Memphis Peabody Hotel ducks in America.Which you can check out at http://www.peabodymemphis.com

These are some quackers thoughts from America… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/disney-why-i-love-the-donald/

And https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-promised-land-martin-luther-king/ Or https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/07/03/disneystarwarsopening-stair-wars/.

While https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/05/in-new-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/03/in-more-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/01/in-other-duck-related-news/

Which their Duckmaster parades through the Tennessee city’s hotel lobby.

The Duckmaster

With the main duck

So here’s a big shout-out to all our feathered friends in all their guises.

And a recommendation for a great Christmas present, a voucher for Hastings Hotels… www.hastingshotels.com.

Yes, I love a Belfast and Memphis duck at Christmas.

Although I still think that having had Prince Charles and Camilla visit they should bring out a Duck and Duckess of Cambridge.

Love a duck… Scottish and British

Now there’s something about ducks which brings out the big softie in me… it’s something about the big lips. And this video is gorgeous… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlQ05_6jyHM

And my love for the Donald from my visits to Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim.

Peabody quackers

But there’s another hotel which instantly comes to mind when I think of Hastings.

And fear not Hastings you have the Irish pond all to yourselves.

Bandanaman the star and the duck in Hollywood

I refer, of course, to the Memphis Peabody Hotel ducks in America.Which you can check out at http://www.peabodymemphis.com

These are some quackers thoughts from America… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/disney-why-i-love-the-donald/

And https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-promised-land-martin-luther-king/ Or https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/07/03/disneystarwarsopening-stair-wars/.

While https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/05/in-new-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/03/in-more-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/01/in-other-duck-related-news/

Which their Duckmaster parades through the Tennessee city’s hotel lobby.

The Duckmaster

With the main duck

So here’s a big shout-out to all our feathered friends in all their guises.

And a recommendation for a great Christmas present, a voucher for Hastings Hotels… www.hastingshotels.com.

Yes, I love a Belfast and Memphis duck at Christmas.

Hastings (and now I) have a flock of rubber ducks ranging from Rory Quackilroy to Duck of Thrones.

Although I still think that having had Prince Charles and Camilla visit they should bring out a Duck and Duckess of Cambridge.

Love a duck… Scottish and British

Now there’s something about ducks which brings out the big softie in me… it’s something about the big lips. And this video is gorgeous… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlQ05_6jyHM

And my love for the Donald from my visits to Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim.

Peabody quackers

But there’s another hotel which instantly comes to mind when I think of Hastings.

And fear not Hastings you have the Irish pond all to yourselves.

Bandanaman the star and the duck in Hollywood

I refer, of course, to the Memphis Peabody Hotel ducks in America.Which you can check out at http://www.peabodymemphis.com

These are some quackers thoughts from America… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/disney-why-i-love-the-donald/

And https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-promised-land-martin-luther-king/ Or https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/07/03/disneystarwarsopening-stair-wars/.

While https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/05/in-new-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/03/in-more-duck-related-news-2/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/06/01/in-other-duck-related-news/

Which their Duckmaster parades through the Tennessee city’s hotel lobby.

The Duckmaster