2013

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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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After managing to get some photographs of the pike at lunch time, I decided that it would be a good idea to take a look at the goose nest and see how many eggs there were still in the nest and if there was any sign of whether the remainder might still hatch. It's easy enough to walk down the ... read more
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As mentioned last week , one of the lunch break relaxations for our little team working on Ruston House is to go pike spotting. As the weather gets warmer we've taken to taking breaks on the decking at the back of the house. After eating, it seems natural to complete lunch with a walk down th... read more
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Well that was a surprise! The egg oiling done earlier was supposed to stop the eggs from hatching, but it seems at least one managed to escape the treatment! Given the date and the fact that Canada Goose eggs take 28-30 days to hatch it looks as if this bird's egg was laid after the oiling. ... read more
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If the weather is warm and sunny at lunch time, the builders and will sit on the decking behind the house. After eating, David has taken to wandering down the side of the lake, by the fishing stands, trying his hand at pike spotting. He usually tells me he's seen one or two. Today, I took my ... read more
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Before Diana and I bought the house the signs, outside declared "St George's Fishery" so, just after six o' clock at the end of St George's Day and another day's at work at Ruston House, I just had to take some photos. Now it is the remaining lake, to the north of Ruston Reaches, th... read more
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It's been another day working on the house - can't afford to take the weekend off - but today I did finish reasonably early and took a walk around the grounds. On getting home I compared the first of today's pictures with the one I took on the first of the month . Today's was taken about an hour... read more
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Back on All Fools Day I thought that spring had finally arrived. Clear blue skies suggested that we might, at last, get some warm weather. However, at the end of another long day working at the house, I wandered the grounds taking photographs again. It wasn't till I got home and compared toda... read more
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My last entry reported on the goose which had chosen to nest on the island just behind the duck house. That picture had been taken at 19:00 just before I left after another long day's work on the house renovations. Today I found time in my lunch break to take a better picture... read more
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It was a fortnight ago that I was told that a cull of the geese was planned. I had to point out that we were then in the closed season and it would be illegal. Having walked the grounds I could understand why holiday makers might complain about the goose droppings on the lawns. Of course you ... read more
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Approaching five o' clock and after a day working on the house, I took a wander round the grounds. For the first time it had begun to look like spring... Such a change from a fortnight ago . Mind you the water level is still high (I use the ramp outside the Duck House as my guide to level... read more
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It turned out that it was almost as if they had disappeared down a plug hole. The last we saw of "our" pair of swans, that had been around Ruston Reaches since the waters rose, was in the far corner of the neighbour's flooded grounds where the main dyke heads south towards the old rail... read more
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Following the rain and snow over the last couple of days we've had around 11 Canada Geese on the lake. I took these pictures yesterday. Our usual resident pair seem quite dominant and the others were not approaching, contenting themselves with settling on the Ruston House side of the lake, so I ... read more
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I had been told that the Canada Geese had returned a few weeks ago. But today was the first time I had seen Egyptian Geese. A pair of swans had appeared soon after our arrival, but they didn't seem to stick close to the lake. For a brief period the Egyptian Geese today seemed to to stakin... read more
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After a long legal rigmarole it was today that Diana and I took possession of Ruston House and all the ground that goes with it. We are looking forward to working with the cottage owners, hoping that we will be able to work well together. Probably, the one thing that worries me are angler... read more
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