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Fall is a beautiful time of year.  The leaves change colors and fall. The apples are ripe for the picking. The air becomes crisp. It is the start of the new school year and other new beginnings. Ducky and the gang love fall. They enjoy playing in the leaves, apple picking, and most of all Halloween. Every year, they go to a local pumpkin patch and pick the perfect pumpkin for carving. Unfortunately, in Israel we don’t know where a pumpkin patch is, and the local stores do not have traditional American style pumpkins. Then today at the grocery stores, we saw the cutest little acorn squash! They are perfect for DtPb, and helped get them get into the holiday spirit! Plus later tonight the humans are making pumpkin spice cookies (from the US!).

Happy Fall!

“Wait a minute, these aren’t pumpkins!” -Ducky “Nope, but they are gourds.” -Pembleton “What’s a gourd?” -Ducky

*Sorry we haven’t been blogging like we would like. We enjoy Ducky Adventures so much! But this past year has been very difficult (with cancer on both sides of the family and the passing of Laura’s mom). While we’ve been dealing with a lot, it’s time to start up the Ducky blog again.Thanks to everyone for being patient and spread the word- Ducky and the gang are back!

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Tomorrow is a very sad day for Ducky. Last week, Ducky lost a very good friend to cancer and tomorrow he is going to her memorial service. He’s glad that Ted is going with him.

This post is dedicated to Dorothea Ramirez – Ducky’s grandma and #1 fan. We miss you!

We miss you!

We miss you!

Ducky has a lot of friends.So many friends that it can be hard to keep track of all of them. In Ducky’s character profiles, we will be introducing some old and new friends, as well as, fun facts about them. We hope you enjoy.

Mr. & Mrs. Lamb

Mr. & Mrs. Lamb

 

Name: Rudolph & Gretchen Lamb

From: Bavaria, Germany

Profession: Handy Man & Nanny

Relation to Ducky: Mr. & Mrs. Lamb help to take care of Ducky and the gang. When they are not getting Ducky out of trouble, they are trying to keep him out of trouble. On their day’s off, they like to relax next to a refreshing mountain lake. Occasionally Mr. Lamb will hike to the top of the mountain to pick edelweiss for Mrs. Lamb.

Favorite Food: Pretzels and Sauerkraut

Fun Fact: Mr. & Mrs. Lamb love to watch the panda cam at the National Zoo. They are often involved in fundraising events to support the Smithsonian.

Ducky has a lot of friends.So many friends that it can be hard to keep track of all of them. In Ducky’s character profiles, we will be introducing some old and new friends, as well as, fun facts about them. We hope you enjoy.

Conrad

Name: Conrad Alligator Investigator

From: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Profession: Detective & Private Investigator

Relation to Ducky: Buddy from Joe’s Diner, where they often have hot chocolate together and discuss cases.

Favorite Food: Pickled beats

Fun Fact: In his free time, Conrad sings in a barbershop quartet called Mississippi Mudbath.

With the start of the new school year, Ducky decided to start a new club at school. Every Monday at lunch time members of his new club- The Pooh Bear Society, would meet. Club members wear red shirts at meetings, and eat their lunch from honey pots, that sometimes contains honey. Afterwards, they play pooh sticks and other fun games until it’s time to go back to class. Ducky says, Mondays used to be the worst day of the week, but now it’s one of his favorites!

Order, Order! Let the Pooh Bear Society Meeting be called to order!

Order, Order! Let the Pooh Bear Society Meeting be called to order!

Earlier today, Ducky and Pembleton’s friend Flat Stanley arrived in Israel. He is visiting the gang in Israel all the way from Kansas! Flat Stanley has been all over the world! He has been to Ethiopia, Germany, Japan, Peru, France, and Australia!

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be posting pictures of Stanley as we go on some adventures around Haifa and the rest of Israel (maybe even a few surprises)!

Shalom & Welcome!

Shalom & Welcome!

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Unlocking the Mystery of the Desert Sands.

Before handing over the pendants, Amanda Panda and Penelope Penguin slid the two charms together. The halves formed the key Multilingual Mole would need to open the massive, ancient doors that stood before them.

Multilingual Mole translated the encryption on the pendent, “MORE THAN THIS KEY IS NEEDED TO UNLOCK THE MYSTERY OF THE DESERT SANDS. AS THE HALVES OF THIS PENDANT COME TOGETHER TO FORM A MESSAGE, SO TOO THE SECRETS OF BEARISTOTLE’S CHAMBER WILL ONLY BE REVEALED BY WORKING TOGETHER.”

"Cool! These are the best friendship pendants ever!"

“Cool! These are the best friendship pendants ever!”

“What does that mean? Haven’t we done enough teamwork for one adventure?” Ducky asked.

“I think it means that it will take all of us to unlock the mystery and the door.” Pembleton said.

“But how? I don’t even see a keyhole”, Amanda said, as she looked back and forth between the pendent and door.

“I think we might be too little”, said Ted sadly.

“Yeah, look how big those doors are, and how little we are”, Blizzard agreed.

“I got it!” Pembleton shouted. “How about we become big!”

“What does that mean? Are you drinking enough water? I think you might be loosing it!” Ducky replied.

“No, I’m not losing it! Each of us may be little, but together we can do big things! Haven’t you learned anything from our previous adventures?” Pembleton explained, “We need to climb on top of each other so we can see higher up! Maybe with Cornelius’ help, we can find the lock.”

They all climbed onto Cornelius’ back to get a better view. They searched for anything that might match the shape of the pendent. After searching for several minutes, Penelope tugged on Pembleton’s wing and then whispered, “Do you think that could be it? Up there?” she asked.

“Yeah! I think you found it!” Pembleton shouted with joy. He startled shy Penelope, and caught her before she fell off the hump. Both of them blushed a little, but then they got back to work.

Ducky, Ted, Pembelton, and Blizzard quickly formed an animal ladder on top of Cornelius and passed the pendent up the chain. Once Ted, at the top, received the pendent, Amanda told them, “Scoot to the right. No the other rights you nimrods! No, now that is too far! STOP! Right there Ted!” Then Ted slid the pendant into the cave wall and pushed it into place. There was a loud click, but then nothing happen.

They waited for about 10 seconds before they heard the rumble of stone doors sliding open. “It worked! It worked!” Multilingual Mole shouted as he did the happy dance. “Now lets see this treasure.”

Stay tuned for the GRAND FINALE!

"Woo Hoo! It worked!"

“Even though each of us might be little, together we can do BIG things!” -Pembleton

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 1

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 2

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 3

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 4

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 5

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 6

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 7

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 8

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 9

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 10

Their boat was stuck in a sandbar and Pembleton felt like something fishy was going on because every attempt to radio for help was being jammed. The only thing they could do is take their life raft to the nearby island and search for help.

Once Ducky, Pembleton, Ted, and Blizzard made it to shore, they decided to explore the island. But Ducky insisted that they all stick together and Pembleton reminded them to walk quietly.

It didn’t take long for them to discover what was going on. Ducky and Pembleton heard rough voices through the dense jungle foliage. They carefully peeked through the bushes only to find CAT PIRATES!

“That explains it”, said Pembleton. “The pirates must be jamming our radio and they probably put that sandbar near the island to trap boats like ours.”

Ducky said, “Why does it have to be CATS? I hate CATS!”

“Except for kittens”, Ted reminded him.

As they listened to the cat pirates, they found out that their leader, Captain One Mitten, was aware of their boat. He had sent his first mate to check on the boat, but he returned saying that no one was on the ship and there was no treasure – only a few sandwiches. Both pirates agreed that they were hungry and went down to the boat to eat Ducky, Pembleton, and the little guys’ sandwiches.

Meanwhile, Ducky said, “Now’s our chance to find out what they are doing here.” Pembleton added, “Maybe we can disable their radio jammer.”

To be continued…

"Arrr... what kinda sandwiches, thee be?" -Captain One Mitten exclaimed.

“Arrr… what kinda sandwiches, thee be?” -Captain One Mitten exclaimed.

Part 1 Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 2 Water Skiing on Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Part 3 Sand Bar! Full Steam Ahead! Ducky’s Mediterranean Cruise

Even though Ducky has been having lots of fun and trying lots of new things, he has been having a hard time since moving to Israel. He hasn’t made many new friends yet. So it was really hard for him today, because today is Ducky’s birthday.

All day Ducky kept telling Pembleton about how he wished his friends were here to celebrate his birthday and that his birthday just wouldn’t be the same without his friends. Ducky was so sad to think that no one here even knew it was his birthday.

Just when Ducky thought he was going to cry, Pembleton told Ducky that he needed him to go down to the bakery to pick up some bread for dinner. When Ducky stepped inside the bakery, a group of familiar faces shouted, “SURPRISE!”. It was Ducky’s friends. Amanda Panda, Penelope Penguin, Edgar Elephant, and even the Lambs were there. Ted and Blizzard sang and danced. There were presents, a giant orange cake, and a sign that said “Happy Birthday Ducky”.

Ducky’s got to wear his sheriffs outfit and everyone sang him Happy Birthday. It was Ducky’s best birthday ever.

SURPISE!

SURPRISE!

The class gathered around the table to celebrate Thanksgiving. Before they dug in to their delicious meal, they each said what they were thankful for.

Ducky and Ted were thankful for friendship and pie.

 Pembleton and Blizzard were thankful for learning and family.

The lambs were thankful for time off of school and polka music.

 While Mrs. Cottontail was thankful for her health and good students.

After eating way to much and enjoying many laughs, Ducky and friends were ready for a nap.

We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Animals celebrating Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Celebration: Part 1

Thanksgiving Celebration: Part 2

Thanksgiving Celebration: Part 3

While cleaning their room and going through their old toys, Ducky and Pembleton discovered their old kite. Ted and Blizzard asked “What is that?”

Ducky and Pembleton couldn’t believe they had never seen a kite. Instead of explaining Pembleton said “Let’s go to the park, right now and we will show you.” Ducky was so excited, he could barely stand it.

Once they got to the park, Pembleton quickly assembled the kite and Ducky helped to launch it in to the air.  In just a few seconds, the kite was high in the sky. Ted and Blizzard were amazed at how high the kite could go. Pembleton even did a few tricks.

Now Ted and Blizzard want their own kite, but not as big as Pembleton’s kite.

Baby animals fly a kite in a park

Higher! Higher!

Every year around this time, the gang goes out to find their pumpkin friend named Jack. This weekend they found him! Ducky, Pembleton and the rest of the gang are so excited to have Jack back.

Jack has not been carved yet, but they all have their thinking caps on and are coming up with ideas. How do you think Jack should be carved?

(Leave your ideas in the comment box!)

Here are some pictures from last year. They went with the traditional look.

Happy DUCKTOBER!

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One night while sleeping, Ducky heard a noise. He noticed a dim glow from the kitchen. Someone was looking in the fridge. He woke Pembleton up and told him he saw a light in the kitchen. Pembleton looked over, saw nothing, and told Ducky go back to sleep. Ducky was sure he saw something. Then he heard crunching noises coming from the living room and whispers of his favorite sitcom on TV. He woke Pembleton up again. This time Pembleton was super grumpy, heard nothing, and told Ducky he better go back to sleep.

The next morning, Pembleton went to get his favorite morning treat- Raisin Bran, but there were only crumbs inside. Pembleton knew Ducky didn’t eat his cereal, because Ducky hates Raisin Bran. Then Pembleton heard a whimper. Someone had eaten Ducky’s favorite cereal too! In the living room, they noticed the pillows and blanket on the couch were rumpled.

Convinced someone must have snuck into the house the night before, the boys came up with a plan. Pembleton got a cardboard box and cut out an eye hole for their stakeout. They would stay up all night, to catch the cereal thief.

Later that night, while Ducky was snoozing in the box, Pembleton, struggling to stay away, heard a noise. He poked Ducky, “Shh, be quite Ducky, someone is in the house.” They both stood very still and looked out the peep hole. Then they saw the intruder, a fat little rat wearing a green felt hat with a feather. They tip toed their box closer, before jumping out and wrestling the intruder to the ground.

“Who are you? And why did you take our food?” shouted Ducky.

“I mean no harm. Please don’t hurt me”, whimpered the little rat.

“We won’t hurt you, but who are you?” Pembleton said trying to calm the little guy.

“My name is Rumpelstiltskin, and I’m just a lonely, hungry mouse.”

“A mouse?” Ducky and Pembleton said skeptically in unison.

“Yes, a mouse, without a house or food or family! I like coming to your cozy house, because you have good snacks and cable.”

“You know you didn’t have to sneak in.” Pembleton said. “All you had to do was ask.”

“Really?”

“Really” said Ducky. “But we need to know, so we have enough snacks for everyone.”

From then on, Rumpelstiltskin came to visit every night and Ducky and Rumpelstiltskin became fast friends often making mischief together. Pembleton, was a little slower to warm up to the “mouse” in their house, but eventually he became friends too.

Capturing Rumpelstiltskin

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