I collected the wildlife camera this afternoon. It had spent a few days mounted on a crack willow on the lake bank pointed at the path that runs round the back of the reed bed.
The path does not look as it usually does. The remains of the pergola that used to decorate the back of the house usually define each side, but they are currently covered with the lily leaves being cleared from the lake.
But the exciting bit is the roe deer! This is no muntjac that visit the grounds almost daily. The beginnings of his antlers show it's a male. The camera records that he was taking a stroll round our grounds at 05:49 this morning.