Ivan the Terrible, ReadyClickAndGo

As soon as we put the blanket on the ground he showed up, followed by his mates, who turned out to be his girlfriends. We counted five in total.  He was the Alpha male standing out from the others by his size, long neck and attitude. He wouldn’t let anyone close to the shoreline and he wouldn’t let anyone get in his way.  My perception of a swan was different and I nicknamed him Ivan the Terrible.

AfteIvan the Terrible, ReadyClickAndGor finishing washing all his long white feathers, stretching his long neck and flapping with his strong wings in the shallow water and very close to us, Ivan The Terrible decided to pay us visit and walked onto our new blanket, confident, fearless.  He looked a bit unsteady on his feet, webbed like big spades.  He walked slowly, sliding like a train carriage from one foot to another, staring straight into our eyes.  Surprised by his sheer rudeness in moving onto our blanket webacked away, forgetting our bags, newspaper, books, worried that our presence would irate him even more.  At what we deemed to be a safe distance we stopped, didn’t dare to collect any of our possessions under his baleful glare. Ivan managed a few snaps at The Times newspaper then left it alone. We stood for long enough to make us restless but not enough

Swans on the Rampage, ReadyClickAndGo

for him to go. Ivan, making us nervous, repeated his ritual of cleaning his feathers, stretching his neck and flapping his wings, all in that order, and then relieved himself, just a few inches from my sunglasses, but still on the first-time out blanket. And that was the point when we decided to shoo him away, politely of course.

At the end we managed to gingerly retrieve our  dirty blanket, rucksack, books,  damaged newspaper which we packed very quickly. The accent was on fast. We walked away, disappointed in not being able to relax at our secret place which we had christened Oyster Bay, until today when we changed its name to the Ivan the Terrible Bay.

 

 

About the author: Tara Goldsmith

 

The travel professional with years of experience in the travel industry – in guiding, reservations, operations, contracting, customer service and product development – and have travelled extensively in Asia and Eastern Europe not just on holiday but also for work, inspecting hotels, visiting attractions and seeing exactly what each destination has to offer. The only way I could do this properly was with my own guide, car and driver and this inspired me to create my own range of customised private day tours for other people to be able to explore in-depth and learn to love their destination as much as I do.

Website: http://www.ReadyClickAndGo.com