2020

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It was approaching 08:40 and pouring with rain when, once again, there was an otter to be seen in the lake. I dashed upstairs, grabbed the camera and took my first blurry shot. The otter dived, and dived again, this time coming up with a fish in its mouth. It immediately swam for the bank and came ashore amongst the reeds close to the decking behind the... read more
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I have just spent most of the day doing a lot of chipping. Back in February the Green Team were tasked with replacing the old log edging to the path just beyond the bridge. Masses of tanalised timber was purchased, as the plan was do do a lot of work on improving the paths over the months bef... read more
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It was just after 09:20. We had been late rising and as Diana drew the curtains she commented on rings in the water. By the time I was at the window one of the rings had the distinctive row of bubbles coming from it. I grabbed my camera and waited for the otter to surface. It did so several times and I managed to get a number of shots... read more
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It's Saturday morning and Diana and I were awake earlier than usual, but we didn't open the curtains till around 08:20. And that's when Diana announced that she had seen a heron. It had flown over the lake and landed on the boat dock, just beyond the bridge. Unfortunately, landing there meant it... read more
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With a couple of gaps Andi and Bex, the Green Team, have been helping us with both lake and grounds maintenance since 2014 and today has been their last day with us. They gave us some warning that, from today, they will be putting all their energies into their new venture "AB TreeArt".... read more
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On opening the bedroom curtains at 08:02 this morning there was a heron to be seen on the balustrade of the Bridge. In the background you see the recently installed cover over the pair of chairs and its linked table beside the Ruston Bench. read more
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Finally, the initial coat of stain on the log cabin is complete. The door and window frames are now black. That might seem a strange choice but the tilt and turn mechanism on the opening windows that flank the side door have a black strip in the frames below the glass and having the rest of the ... read more
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Today, Just before 14:00, I took a couple of pictures as it was clear that the lake was above the levels seen Yesterday . The first showed Peter's field. And the second was of the duck house. It is the first time that I can recall where the water is not just above floor level, but above the... read more
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While I discovered further storm damage today I was almost more interested to see how the water levels were rising. The first blurry photo I took was of the duck house at around 09:35. Swinging the camera round a little you can see the fallen crack willow is now engulfed by water that wasn'... read more
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I walked round the grounds again today. As you'll see from the second post today I was primarily getting photographs of the height of the water, but during the tour I discovered more tree damage. The first I noticed, which I hadn't spotted in a walk round the grounds yesterday, was another oak. ... read more
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There is a lot of talk of the coming Storm Aiden on the national weather forecasts but at Ruston House we have suffered the worst storm damage yet. This morning I went round the grounds taking photos of the damage that we woke up to yesterday. First were the as yet unlaid path grids scattered... read more
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I may be describing this as Day Six, but it's now the end of the week and the cabin has been formally handed over. The picture I took this evening shows that the glazing unit has now been fitted and the veranda boarding is no longer in a stack an about to be laid. The trim at each end of th... read more
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There's been four days since I started work on the chippings path. Today I remembered to take some photos of the progress made. Just before 14:30 I took these first two pictures. The first shows the area which was at the limit of the photo taken on Monday . At the point where it sweeps to t... read more
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I may be describing this as "Day Five", but as you'll realise when looking at the dates of posting, there's been a gap over the weekend. This morning scaffolders arrived to do their thing so that work could continue on getting the roof finished. It was a simple task and there were... read more
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It's Saturday and, after a day working on the path, I finally got round to taking photographs of the work on the cabin done yesterday. At first glance, as yu approach, you might think the cabin is finished, but as you get closer you'll realise that there is no boarding on the veranda. ... read more
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