In my office at the moment sit four decoys for the annual Ducks Unlimited auction coming up this Friday evening.
They range from a working decoy to museum-quality duck reproductions.
Sitting on a filing cabinet, they face me from across the room. But come Thursday evening, they will travel to the Memorial Sports Centre to be part of the auctions at the DU banquet.
I have enjoyed looking at decoys since my wife, some 30 years ago, gave me a mallard decoy as a gift. It began a long enjoyment of collecting duck carvings.