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Last Year there was talk of A Cull of the Geese . Instead the eggs were oiled, which means the eggs don't hatch. With news that a goose nest was on the small island, the Cottage Owners called in their man to do the job. This year I could offer my boat, though I hadn't yet got any oars to go w... read more
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According to my blog, it was shortly before five o' clock when I took a Picture of the Cottages last year. As that time arrived this year it was an equally pleasant day, so I decided an anniversary photograph would be appropriate. I was only when I went to compare the photographs that I re... read more
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I was once told that during the summer you could expect the water in the neighbouring carp lake to be constantly cloudy. Carp are bottom feeder and churn up the mud on the bottom of the lake. However, in winter, you would expect the water in the neighbouring carp lake to clear. The fish become d... read more
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My friend Bernie came round today. As planned, he brought his chain saw. The idea was to clear some ground beside the house so I could bring home my boat for its, rather late, winter maintenance. That was the bit Bernie knew about. In truth, I had more ambitious plans. With the ground for the... read more
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For some reason, last year, I didn't take any photographs of the daffodils that bloomed around the grounds at Ruston House. You can see the leaves of sprouting daffodils in some of the photographs in the Second Post made in the blog. Incidentally, that second post involved a sighting of Egyp... read more
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It seems a pair of swans may have taken up residence on the lake. They arrived a day or two ago and this morning I caught them apparently having a general clean up after sleeping somewhere round the lake. It's good to see swans. Last year they never did more than visit with the Last Vi... read more
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Diana and I talk a walk round the grounds today. This time we circled the lake clockwise, ending up coming round by the cottages. I left Diana at that point, to return to the house to get my camera as I had meant to take photographs of some depressions in the ground that I'd discovered yesterda... read more
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I was awoken this morning, shortly after 08:00, to the squawking of geese. Getting to the bedroom window I saw not three but four geese. They were all manoeuvring behind the house, some with the characteristic horizontal neck that appears to signify a threat posture. I was too late to the win... read more
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It was just before 08:00 when I heard the quack of a duck. I pulled back the curtains to see a pair of Mallard. I still find it surprising that you don't often see more than one duck on the lake. In fact, it is rare to see duck at all, although you often see a number of them on the neighbour's f... read more
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The last time I recorded a Walk Around the Grounds was in early December. That was before the succession of storms that we have suffered so with some sun to encourage me it was time for another tour of inspection. On the main path round the back of the lake you now encounter a fallen tree. I... read more
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I remember a year go, some time between exchange and completion, receiving an excited message from the then owner of Ruston House, "The geese are back"! Now they are back again. Yesterday I noticed a pair in the lake... It was around 10:30 when I first saw them, cruising down the ... read more
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It was just before 09:00. "Otters in lake" said the text! Julie, had sent a text on Wednesday saying, "Thought you might like to know otters are in back lake". I had popped outside with my camera, only to be told that two had been seen behind the cottages but they had gone... read more
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What with the excitement of Christmas and the new year, I have not been recording all that I might have done, of late. The first picture, this time, was taken on 2 January. It's not quite from the usual angle as this time I was downstairs when I took it. There's something about the lake in the m... read more
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It was a good bright day and I'd been promising myself a walk around the grounds for some time. If I was going to get one in before Christmas then I felt I wouldn't get a better opportunity. So just before 13:00 I started out and couldn't resist a view of the cottages... The trouble was I c... read more
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So, after the first ice seen on the lake on Wednesday, this morning we awoke to find the entire lake frozen over, not just immediately behind the house but also right round behind the cottages as well. I suppose, as we approach the first winter here, the question is will we get worse as th... read more
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I guess you should expect it. Clear bight days in December usually lead to chilly nights. It had been such a good day on Wednesday that a night cold enough for ice was inevitable. I took these pictures shortly before 11:00. They show the whole of the bay behind the house covered in a sheet... read more
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As it was a bright sunny day, and fearing that the weather may not last, I thought it was a good idea to take a stroll around the grounds. I set out from the house going anti-clockwise round the lake. It looked splendid in the sunlight, with the still surface reflecting the trees on the island. ... read more
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I've been taking photographs over the last three weeks wondering if, with hindsight, I'll be able to work out that point when I could say winter was here. This morning's photograph (above) shows that all the birches are now pretty well shed of all leaves, although the willow still has a goo... read more
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It was shortly after 13:00 that I had to run upstairs and grab my camera to get this photograph of what I begin to think of as our resident swans. The first adult was a little bit too quick crossing from the dyke to the lake for me to manage to include the whole family of nine birds. I have... read more
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It was ten minutes before people were due to arrive for a 09:30 meeting. I had had breakfast and had gone upstairs to brush my teeth and passing through the bedroom spotted what I thought was a squirrel coming down the mown path from the summerhouse towards the house. It certainly had all the... read more
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A little after 11:40 this morning and once again I saw the Cormorant. I say "the" cormorant, but I can't really say that I know it's been the same one that has visited the lake each time over the last week or so. It was sunny again and this time I spotted the bird perched on the b... read more
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It's back! It was about 17:50 when I noticed that the Cormorant I'd spotted the other day was again to be seen, with outstretched wings, on another of the fishing stands behind the house. Bang goes the theory that that posture was anything to do with it warming itself in the sun. This time i... read more
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It was just after 09:00 when, looking out of the bedroom, I saw a large bird standing on one of the fishing stands close to the house. I grabbed the camera and took some typically blurry shots through the glass. I was surprised at the posture with wide outstretched wings. It held this for s... read more
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It was another warm bright day so, as usual, I treated it as excuse to take a wander, with my camera, round the grounds. Going anti-clockwise around the lake I was nearing the bridge to the island on the return leg when I decided to make the turn to go to the far south westerly corner of the ... read more
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It was another bright sunny day and time to go patrolling the grounds round the house to see if there was anything to photograph. By the bridge that crosses to the island I turned up a bee collecting nectar from a thistle as I had a couple of weeks ago. The only other thing to catch my ... read more
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