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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