2013

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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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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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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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