2015

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After many months of collecting any wood that we might be able to use to surface our paths we have enough to justify hiring a chipper. The machine is due to arrive before the end of the week. Experience taught us that trying to drag a petrol driven chipper along our paths to where the piles... read more
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After finding a damselfly in the kitchen earlier this month , today I was surprised to see a cricket on the kitchen window frame. It was just after 17:25 that I spotted it, as I had come in to prepare our meal. At first I tried searching for images of "grasshopper" but my example ... read more
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Having found our inspiration for our Viewing Platform back in June, things had moved on. With the work on the decking around the house completed Roger was waiting for me to lay the foundations for the the platform he is to build. Sand and paving slabs had been delivered and I had been busy t... read more
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Close to the house the path round the grounds has a topping of wood chippings which are prevented from spreading with logs placed on each side of the path. It was the first time that I recall ever seeing a lizards, but that is clearly what they were, sunbathing on the logs. read more
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In front of the house work continued on the construction of our "cart shed" or garage to those of a less rural persuasion! As the time for an afternoon tea break arrived I brough the drinks out to the side of the house near the newly constructed decking and spotted perhaps the biggest ... read more
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In my excitement of posting about the Small Emerald Moth yesterday, I forgot to mention that at just after 08:00 yesterday morning I took a photo of the apparently injured juvenile moorhen seen seen four days ago . This time it was in the dinghy moored by the step in the new decking, holdin... read more
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This afternoon just before 16:00 I was talking with David, our builder, when he drew my attention to what at first I took to be a butterfly resting on the gravel beside us, but not a variety I recognised. As ever, I had to research this one and it seems it is a Small Emerald Moth . It appea... read more
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This morning, just after 09:20, I wandered out to the "lawn" - it's still a patch of mud beside the new decking - to take a photo of a young bird that was not behaving normally. It seems to have an injured leg and allowed me to get quite close. read more
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This evening, just after 19:00 a damselfly flew into our kitchen through the open door. That's not quite "the grounds" which is where this post appears, but it did seem right to post it here as it's where all the other wildlife pictures appear. I call it a damselfly, as I understa... read more
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If you've been following the Lake Views for July you'll have seen that the work on the decking had been completed by 27 July. However, it was not until today that we might have called the work complete. It's not just that the timber is all in place, but extra soil has been brought in to fi... read more
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Apart from the vegetation, on which my comments normally concentrate, there are other changes to note this month. You'll see that the first photo, taken on the 3 July, is the last I took with the pergola under the bedroom window still in place. Looking back I realise that it is strange that... read more
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Just one image today, taken at close of work. The basic quay heading is complete, although the step is still to be constructed. The tie rods are also sunk into the ground, and the first of the boards to form the inner rail for the decking is in place. read more
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I didn't take a photograph at the end of the first day's work on the decking, but as I opened the bedroom curtains this morning I grabbed my camera to take photographs of the swan family that came cruising into view from behind the cottages. You can see their tracks amongst the lilies! The ... read more
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It's was around 10 weeks ago we realised that the decking around the lawn was rotten enough to require replacement before the wedding. Luckily Roger was available to do the job. The new timber was delivered last week and work started today. Over the last few weeks, as we discovered boards t... read more
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It was a warm dry night a week ago and for some reason Diana decided to pop outside and walk down the path beside the lake. When she came back she asked me to come out with her again. We took a few steps down the chippings path beside the decking and then she got me to look in the undergrowth to... read more
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At this time of year if the water level drops after a period without rain the lilies behind the house seem to rise out of the water and and appear to form a forest in which moorhen and ducks can easily be difficult to spot. At the moment the lilies are... read more
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Having seen the First Kingfisher of the year around midday today, shortly before 15:20 I was out standing on the decking behind the house taking photos of Norfolk Hawker dragonflies. Last year I managed to photograph them a number of times in June, most memorably getting a picture ... read more
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Only the other day I was asked about the kingfishers that we see from our lounge. I had checked and responded that in 2014 I had posted my first picture in Late August , so we shouldn't expect to see them yet. However, now I have checked the blog again and see that in our first year here, 2013, ... read more
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Compare the first of this months views, taken on 3 June, with the one taken a few days earlier, on 30 May , and you realise that I've managed to make a start on clearing the lilies, with some further minor progress able to be seen in the photos taken on 18th and 30th of the month. ... read more
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After the surprise of seeing the cygnets Riding Their Parent's Backs last month today they were back again. When I first saw them it seemed that the parents were trying to encourage them out of the lake as they were on the bank where they usually cross to the dyke at the side of our ground... read more
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Today Diana and I travelled to the Midlands to meet with various family members. It was while at the pub where we ate together that we saw a structure in its Beer Garden that we felt was perfect inspiration for the "viewing platform" we had been talking about having built on the main i... read more
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Mid-summer is approaching. The cottages next door begin to fill with holidaymakers. It's on a Saturday afternoon that you often see most activity as the newcomers explore what Ruston Reaches has to offer. I usually reckon that you are lucky to have more than one week in three where you wil... read more
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There's two images this month. the first was taken on 20th and the second on the 30th. While I often make comparisons with previous months, in May the lake changes more quickly than at any other time of the year, so I'll make comparisons with last year instead. That was before I adopted the p... read more
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Having taken some photographs of the work being done to connect us and the neighbouring cottages to the village's new main drainage system and as it was a wonderful warm sunny day, I decided to take the long way back to the house and walked round the lake on the cottage's side, returning through... read more
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This morning, just before 08:40 I drew the curtains to see a pair of swans cruising towards us on the lake. At first, that didn't seem unusual, even after the fight we'd seen with The ASBO Swan on 4 May. But as they got closer it was clear this was different. Now, it seems, we have the sol... read more
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