2014

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I had a slight burst of excitement this morning, when I saw our two geese together apparently eyeing up a new nest site. I was completing a walk around the grounds having already taken a couple of pictures of a resting swan on the lawns behind the cottages. The bird appeared to be awak... read more
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Today I confirmed that Mother Goose had not just left the nest for a prolonged feed yesterday but had actually abandoned it. I had visited the nest several times yesterday, and each time it had been vacant. This morning, around 08:50, I took the picture here, which seemed to confirm it had ... read more
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Looking at our little dinghy today I found a clump of floating irises. I had to assume they had broken free from the those growing on the other side of the bay at the back of the house. I didn't feel they could be left where they were so I decided to move them over to the island where ... read more
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Three weeks ago I took a collection of Photographs of the Daffodils found in clumps around the grounds. Looking through last year's photographs I had realised that I hadn't taken any of that showed off last year's collection, noting that daffodils only appear as incidental background in the Fir... read more
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A Fortnight Ago I described how the water in the lake appeared to be clearing, although you really had to stare hard at the picture before you noticed the slightly greener patches where you could just make out the "cabbage leaves" just below the surface. Now the first flat leaves have... read more
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Bernie appeared today, he who helped out Clearing the Trees felled by the wind. He brought the pair of oars that he mentioned he had, or had access to. I was never quite sure if they were his or he simply knew someone who had a surplus pair. We agreed a price and I now I have a boat that s... read more
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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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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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