2014

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Having done a Christmas post, I thought I might as well record something for New Year's Eve - and it's just a view of a frozen lake. It was around 09:15 when I stepped out of the patio doors in the lounge to take this picture. The water level is about as high as I've known it and the frost ... read more
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Christmas day and shortly after 14:00 it's time to get a breath of fresh air - and record what "The Green Team" have achieved so far! I start my tour passing behind the cottages. The satellite Dish which, photographed a couple of days ago, was still there, outside one of the cotta... read more
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It's time I showed another collection of photographs of the view from the bedroom window. We'll start with today's image, taken just before 08:30. The most obvious change from the earlier photographs on today's post is the path on the early part of the path round the lake. With the late aut... read more
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Today, for the first time this winter the lake was frozen over, and was still frozen at 12:30 when this photograph was taken. As is often the case, the ice sheet appears to be made of up of a number of smaller ice pieces frozen together. I have to assume that, earlier in the night, when it ... read more
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The clearing of nettles and other vegetation from the end of the island nearer the house has continued and is now complete. In a photograph taken three days ago you can see how, from our bedroom window, we can see right across the island to the tip of the peninsula that is a favourite spot for s... read more
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As mentioned earlier this month, we now have The Green Team helping us with the grounds around the house. Work has been concentrated on the island and this is the view that you get standing on the bank of the lake behind the cottage nearest Ruston House. So far, work has been concentrated ... read more
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I've been reporting on Our "Resident" Cygnet , Its Walk About , and the Visiting Adult Swan for a number of months. Today, for the first, time they have been together. At least, I assume it's our two regular visiting birds. I'm not skilled enough to identify individual swans yet. ... read more
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Last night I was captivated by a glorious sunset and couldn't resist taking a photograph of it. The sun sets directly behind the house on equinox days. That's around March and September 22ed. Because the trees have less leaves then than in high summer, it means that if the sky is clear we s... read more
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I was surprised to see a Common Darter shortly after midday. I had just completed a tour of the grounds, first going round the lake behind the cottages next door and ending up on the island, which is where I found one waiting to be photographed. As it was a bright sunny day, my first photog... read more
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As usual I have been taking my periodic general views of the lake from our bedroom window. However, I have decided that, normally, it is better not to publish them the day I take them, as I have tended to do in the past. From now on I'll try to upload a number together, so it is easier to spot t... read more
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It was shortly before 14:00 that I realised the adult swan, presumably the same one that Appeared On Saturday , was back, but possibly not as it was behaving a little differently. This time he (or is it she?) came as close as possible to the house and apart from seeming to be enjoying snackin... read more
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It was a glorious day and time for an inspection of the grounds before we were due to go to a party. I wandered around with my camera in hand. What brought me out of the house initially was an adult swan. All summer we have had a young swan with us, which I last photographed on 7 September ... read more
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We had had a taste of what we saw this morning back in August when I took a photo of the lake behind the cottages with its covering of orange seeds. Then, Earlier This Month we saw a rather different seed drop. This morning we found that the wind overnight had blown yet another seed drop onto ... read more
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It was a beautiful warm afternoon and Diana and I were taking a tea break at around 14:50. There were dragonflies about so I had my camera with me. I only had to walk a few feet down the path beside the house before I found my first one, a Southern Hawker... Diana called me back when she no... read more
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It was around 17:30 that I decided it was time to pop outside and take this photograph of an unusual white sheen on the surface of the water, caused it seems by some tree shedding its seed which, as so often happens, had then been blown into our end of the lake. After that, we took a st... read more
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After yesterday's post describing a Walkabout by a Swan , today it seemed to be the turn of a family of ducks. At around 08:50 three were spotted making their way along the grass path towards the house, following the same route as the swan had yesterday. However, unlike yesterday, it t... read more
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It was shortly after 16:00 when I spotted that young swan had climbed out of the lake. That's not unusual. She has a spot on the edge of the peninsula where it seems that she sleeps and has worn away all the grass there. What was unusual this time was that instead of making her way almost d... read more
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It was A Fortnight Ago that I opened the curtains to see a cormorant on one of the fishing stands. This morning the same thing happened again and again the bird was on the same stand. I didn't mention it then but last year I reported two more visits during that week in early October. If this is... read more
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I woke up to see our young swan come under the bridge, apparently patrolling the lake. But it was at 11:20 this morning when I spotted a kingfisher perched on the last upright of the fence at the end of our decking. It was the first time I had seen this used as a perch. I was able to rush u... read more
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About 13:20, I passed through the lounge on my way to the kitchen to see a Kingfisher on the decking outside the patio doors. I rush to get the camera to find the bird still there on the edge looking this way and that, presumably for food! Twenty seconds later the bird is still there and I ... read more
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Returning to the bedroom after breakfast, on my way to brush my teeth, I noticed a family of ducks, making their way down the dyke that borders the grounds of Ruston House. The sight reminded me of the Motor of Swans that we'd seen last year - although ducks don't appear as attracted by the wee... read more
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It was just before 09:00 this morning when I looked out of the bedroom window to see a sight I first saw on 3 October last year . On exactly the same fishing stand as last time there stood a cormorant. I stood watching it for about a quarter of an hour. After a few minutes on the stand it t... read more
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Another of the now traditional view of the lake from the bedroom window was overdue. The most recent I posted before today's was taken on Monday 21 July . In comparison with the last picture, today's shows a lake almost completely cleared of the native lilies. In one way that is a shame. I ... read more
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Last year I reported Sighting a Heron on 15 June and mentioned, at the end of the report, having seen kingfishers but not had time to grab my camera before it was gone. This year is much the same, although I can't believe that I have been seeing kingfishers since as early as June. However, t... read more
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After discovering the great beetle last week, yesterday once again tackled more of the pond weed that accumulates around the edges of the lake and particularly under the lilies. Compared to last year, which may have been abnormal, growth this year has been phenomenal. Once again I piled up o... read more
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