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Sometimes you get a feeling that something you see on the lake is going to be around for some time. The cygnet I took the photo of a couple of days ago is a case in point. As I mentioned then, it's been around for a while now and it seems that each time it comes it stays for longer. It sti... read more
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It's been almost a month since my last early morning view of the lake - if you call 09:30 early morning - so it was time for another! Compared with the 5 June you'll notice the lilies nearest the house have grown considerably. There's also more in the middle distance too. The last of the yellow... read more
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It was on Saturday 15 June last year that I reported Sighting A Heron for the first time and looking as if it thought our lake was a good place to try for a meal. Here, a little more than a year later, was another, standing in the very same place, and at much the same time of day. I haven't see... read more
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Back on 11 June, I reported seeing a family of ducklings and wondered if they were Resident or Visitors . Today I saw them again - at least I suppose it was the same family - as this time there were only three little ones following the mother. It really is quite surprising how well camoufla... read more
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It was just before 19:50. We were watching TV in the lounge when something outside caught my eye. "It's a fox!", I cried digging Diana in the ribs with my elbow, and dashed to the office where I'd left my camera. Fearing it would soon make a dash for it I took a quick picture from thro... read more
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It's taken almost a month but now it is finished. The summerhouse has gone and replacing it we now have a small patio and arbour. It was on Monday 26 May that I started, with Diana taking photographs. The fate of the summerhouse had been sealed last October, when one night (not during one of the... read more
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Sometimes I wonder if Norfolk Hawkers are really as rare as I read they are. Certainly, at Ruston Reaches you can spot them at almost at will, if you pick the right time of year and a warmer brighter day. Seeing them outside at around 13:40 I went and I stood on the decking behind the house... read more
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After saying Last Week that I had never previously managed to catch a Norfolk Hawker at rest, now I manage it again. This is another shot taken with the house behind the camera while crossing the bridge to the island. At around 15:50 it's not the ideal angle for a photograph as the sun ten... read more
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It was around 20:30 and I spotted something unexpected out on the lake. OK, a mother with a clutch of young ducklings is hardly a rare sight, but it was the first time I had seen such a thing on our lake - and I'd no idea where they had come from. True, we've seen more ducks on the lake thi... read more
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Much as I did yesterday, it seemed a pleasant day to walk the grounds with my camera. However, again I was stopped short by the activity immediately behind the house. Standing on the decking, Diana and I started by trying to identify the dragonflies that, as usual, were patrolling the lake im... read more
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These days you keep hearing about the decline in honey bees. It's true that I don't recall seeing many around the grounds at Ruston Reaches, but today I stepped out of the house and found one of many bumble sees that you see. Last year I photographed them Around the Foxgloves near the summer ho... read more
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There's no exciting news today, though perhaps a disappointment to report. We're another 10 days on from my last Comparison Photo , so I felt it was time for some more... Once again you can see that there's more growth in and around the lake. The lilies are continuing to produce more lea... read more
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With the recent photo in mind showing the Goose on the Ramp of the "Duck House" - I still can't get used to the idea of calling it a Goose House - I thought it was time for a view from the goose's viewpoint. At the beginning of May last year the reeds had not started to grow and ... read more
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It's been just ten days since my last bedroom window Comparison View , but the further growth in the lilies can easily be seen, perhaps, most noticeably, in the leaves in the centre foreground with the pinkish tinge to them. These are a cultivated variety that produced a pretty white flower last... read more
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In truth the subject line of this post is a bit of an exaggeration. Apart from the issue of whether to call it a "Duck House" or a "Goose House", I never saw our resident goose go inside. But if sitting on the threshold counts as occupying the place then it certainly was for ... read more
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There are holes! They are appearing in the bank of the lake near the house. They are all almost identical in appearance, about 2.5-3 inches in diameter and many with a rim of dead bleached grass around the mouth, seemingly caused by having the roots chewed away from the inside as whatever is di... read more
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It has been a while since I posted my usual "comparison picture" of the lake taken from our bedroom window, so the time has come... It will be seen that the trees, not to mention the Lilies, have developed rapidly since a picture I took on 27 March... This photo has not been ... read more
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Today I felt it was time for another session photographing some of the grounds. In particular I wanted some showing the progress on the new path at the very back of the site. However, as I started out I realised I had never taken a picture of the view through the gate across the communal area be... read more
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While taking my stroll round the lake yesterday, I noticed that something had attacked the goose nest so, in a few spare moments this evening, I took my boat round to the island to examine it at close quarters. The sight that greeted me only provided the final confirmation that the nest ha... read more
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I had a slight burst of excitement this morning, when I saw our two geese together apparently eyeing up a new nest site. I was completing a walk around the grounds having already taken a couple of pictures of a resting swan on the lawns behind the cottages. The bird appeared to be awak... read more
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Today I confirmed that Mother Goose had not just left the nest for a prolonged feed yesterday but had actually abandoned it. I had visited the nest several times yesterday, and each time it had been vacant. This morning, around 08:50, I took the picture here, which seemed to confirm it had ... read more
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Looking at our little dinghy today I found a clump of floating irises. I had to assume they had broken free from the those growing on the other side of the bay at the back of the house. I didn't feel they could be left where they were so I decided to move them over to the island where ... read more
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Three weeks ago I took a collection of Photographs of the Daffodils found in clumps around the grounds. Looking through last year's photographs I had realised that I hadn't taken any of that showed off last year's collection, noting that daffodils only appear as incidental background in the Fir... read more
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A Fortnight Ago I described how the water in the lake appeared to be clearing, although you really had to stare hard at the picture before you noticed the slightly greener patches where you could just make out the "cabbage leaves" just below the surface. Now the first flat leaves have... read more
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Bernie appeared today, he who helped out Clearing the Trees felled by the wind. He brought the pair of oars that he mentioned he had, or had access to. I was never quite sure if they were his or he simply knew someone who had a surplus pair. We agreed a price and I now I have a boat that s... read more
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