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It's still not as crisp as I'd like, but this must be one of the best pictures I've managed to get so far of a Kingfisher... Twenty seconds earlier I had managed to capture him on top of the four foot high lamp standard you see on the corner of the decking in this picture... That pictu... read more
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Today was another warm and sunny day and once more the dragonflies were patrolling the shallow area of the lake immediately behind the house. I'd noticed some rather red dragonflies over the last week or so and this time I managed to catch one that landed on the edge of the decking. Investi... read more
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Inspired by yesterday's attempts at better photographs I made two excursions round the grounds today about an hour apart. First, I stood and waited just outside the house for the various dragonflies flying round the lake immediately behind the house to land. As usual on a sunny afternoon there w... read more
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Fed up with the number of hurried blurry photographs I have been taking for the blog I thought it time that I tried to get some pictures of things that I could reliably focus on, so this afternoon I wandered round the grounds and found some bees at work on the thistles near the house. Not b... read more
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It was another weekend with guests. Diana's daughter and her partner were due to leave after breakfast. At around 09:20 I managed to get to my camera, kept in our bedroom, before the kingfisher that I had spotted disappeared. I've now learnt that is it not worth trying to open a window to g... read more
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After a Saturday morning lie in we got up at around 09:40 to find the Motor of Swans was back. This time they were in the lake behind the house, sucking up the weed and and nibbling the growth from the decking. They soon moved on round the corner to spend the rest of the morning behind the... read more
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It was around 19:20. We were relaxing, with drinks to hand on the small table on patio, taking in the view of the lake, thinking that we definitely had made the right choice in moving to Ruston House, when we both became aware of noise we couldn't identify. It sounded a bit like a distant out... read more
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We had had guests at the house over the weekend. They had left by the time I took a walk around the grounds just after 16:30. That was a shame because I came across this profusion of Peacock Butterflies. The largest collection I recall ever seeing on one plant. This first image which I reck... read more
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Although I can't find that I reported it at the time, it was in late March after the ice melted and around the time that the Duck House was investigated that our pair of geese got very territorial. The male chased away every other goose that remained or visited the lake. Once the female was on ... read more
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Back last year when we were viewing the house and considering purchase, one of the photos that the owner showed us was of a Kingfisher sitting on the decking outside the lounge. For the last few weeks we have been seeing what, initially, I was sceptical was a Kingfisher. With wings folded on ... read more
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Since finding that large pike head on the bank of the lake a month ago, I haven't managed to spot any of the larger pike that were so often seen earlier in the year. That's not entirely surprising. The lilies have continued to grow and the cultivated varieties now form large blocks of dense cov... read more
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I count today as a success! After Friday's failure to capture a male Emperor on film (if you can call it that these days), this afternoon I managed to get one. I was also pleased when Diana noticed a toad this morning. Last time I had only managed a a semi-obscured shot. This time ... read more
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A guy from the Environment Agency called some ten days ago. He had been intending to deliver a leaflet to one of the cottages, but had mislaid the address and knocked on our door asking for help. It gave me the excuse to show him round the place and ask a few questions. During his tour, apart... read more
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There are remarkably few flowers around Ruston House that appear to have been deliberately planted and only a handful of shrubs, all conifers. Other than the digging of the lakes themselves, most of the money seems to have been spent on planting trees. There are a good number of Silver Birch, so... read more
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I awoke at 05:30 this morning early disturbed by the geese. That was unusual so I got up to have a look. Now that the grass is growing tall on our side of the lake and the reeds block access to the island (See Sunday's post ) and they are rarely found on the land around our side of the lake. ... read more
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Sunday meant a lie in and although there were plenty of dark clouds about when I looked out from our bedroom window the lake was bathed in sun light. Looking at past posts I realised the last time I had posted this view was on our first morning in the house. Living here you forget how much... read more
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Diana and I were taking a tea break this afternoon and saw, for only the second time, the geese in the lilies. I guess there is something maturing there, which we can't detect, making the place more attractive than before. However, it wasn't until I looked at the first photograph I took of ... read more
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It was another late lunch break when once again our builder David spotted another new creature. This time it was on the lake rather than in it. It was a lone toad sitting in the curve of a lily leaf. I hoped that it would move into a better position for a photograph, but this view turned ou... read more
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This evening Diana and I took a walk round the grounds and I took my camera with me. I had read that after raising their brood the adult Canada Geese go through a moult and lose their flight feathers. During this period when they are flightless one can expect them to move onto the water for p... read more
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Once again work on the house seems to have taken over and I've found little time to take my camera round the grounds to see what has changed and what new there is to see. Saturdays are normally offer a chance to have a lie in - no builders due to arrive - so I try to stay in bed longer than usua... read more
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On Friday, I was mowing the paths round the lake at the back of Ruston House when I saw something that hadn't been there two days before. Just beside the first fishing stand beyond the bridge, and visible from the tip of the peninsula accessible from the cottages, was this pike's head and a f... read more
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While we may have moved into the house there's still much to do and the builders are still here, so I have been distracted over the last couple of weeks and not been out with my camera. However, I did have it with me today when I saw a large pike half way down the side of the lake in the area th... read more
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As we move into the first full week at Ruston House, I find I'm keeping my camera in the bedroom. This morning I woke up to see the three geese together and thought it was time I took a photo that showed how the gosling was growing... Comparing this with the pictures taken on the day the ... read more
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After an exhausting couple of days for me and Diana's first night in our new home it was planned that we should have a bit of a lie-in. It was around 09:00 when I took a look out of the bedroom window. I was to see "Mummy Goose" taking an unusual interest in the building a few feet fro... read more
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Yesterday was moving day! It hadn't been the original plan but I booked the removals early. Diana was working on the Isle of Man this week and not due back till this evening. With the furniture now here I had chosen to sleep at Ruston House in order to be ready to greet BT who were supposed t... read more
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