The Grounds

A record of the management of the lake and grounds and the wildlife seen.
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This blog got very behind in 2015 and very few entries were posted. My new year resolution for 2016 was to keep adding the entries for 2015 as the year passed until I caught up. That plan failed miserably. The new plan is to work through all my old photographs and randomly make back-dated pos... read more
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This post lists all creatures that have been photographed and identified in this blog with a link to at least the first post to be uploaded (not always the earliest) where they are recorded. A Azure Damselfly B Badger Banded Demoiselle Damselfly Bees Brown Hawker Dragonfly C... read more

A Otter Visits - Twice!

in 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

More Path Work

in 2020
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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

An Otter Visits

in 2020
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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

A Heron Visits

in 2020
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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

The Green Team's Last Day

in 2020
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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

A Heron Captured

in 2020
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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

The Staining Of The Manna Completed

in 2020
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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

The Water Continues To Rise

in 2020
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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

The Water Is Rising

in 2020
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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

More Storm Damage Discovered

in 2020
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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

Storm Damage

in 2020
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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

Log Cabin - Day Six

in 2020
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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

Improving The Path Continues

in 2020
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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

Log Cabin - Day Five

in 2020
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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

Log Cabin - Day Four

in 2020
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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

Improving The Paths

in 2020
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Yesterday I began work to improve the main path from the house towards the bridge. There was more to the job than I had originally foreseen and I was so distracted that I failed to take any pictures of what was planned as completion day for the cabin. We'd long wanted to create level pat... read more

Log Cabin - Day Three

in 2020
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Once again, shortly after midday, I made a trip with camera to see progress on the cabin. From a distance you really get a good idea of how it will sit in the landscape. Once at the site we see that the veranda roof, or loft floor, has been fitted... ...as has that to both rooms t... read more

Log Cabin - Day Two

in 2020
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The team were on site early and we let them get on with their job, making a first visit with the camera just after midday. They'd made significant progress. It almost makes you wonder if the whole job will take the four days planned. Just after 16:15 I went to look at how the cabin wil... read more

Log Cabin - Day One

in 2020
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At long last today was the day when the team arrived on site to erect our log cabin. After spending a good part of the day unloading the two trucks and carting all the material 100 yards across the cottage lawns, they were able to start work on putting all the parts together on our side of th... read more

Log Cabin Base Installed

in 2020
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Today saw the first step in the installation of the long awaited log cabin. Piles were driven 6ft into the ground. They were topped with paving slabs and then the base frames were bolted together and levelled. The job was really quite quick. This photo was taken just after 15:00 and the tea... read more

Lake Views For May

in 2020
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This year I have a much better spread of images for the month with photos taken on 2, 15 and 28 May. It's definitely worth comparing the related posts for 2018 and 2019 ! The first shows barely a lily breaking the surface. A fortnight later and the pink lilies are massing on the right... read more

This Week's Wildlife Camera Captures

in 2020
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This week I moved the camera back into the grounds of Ruston House. I sited it on the path by the retaining wall. That, of course, is an area that all of us humans, the Green Team, Diana and I pass backwards and forward along quite frequently, and that's what could be seen on a good proportion ... read more

Part Seven

in 24 April 2020
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You can use the Earlier Post link, above, to see the the previous part of the tour. Alternatively, you might prefer to start at the The Beginning . As promised, we take the opportunity to climb the steps, built in 2017, to see what is now in the process of being developed on the old reed be... read more
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