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 where they are recorded. A Azure Damselfly B Bees Brown Hawker Dragonfly C Canada Goose Common Darter Dragonfly Common Lizard Common Toad Cormor... read more
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It has been becoming apparent that weed levels in the lake behind the cottages were unusually high this winter. In previous seasons, I had come to expect all weed to disappear from the surface of the lake. Last summer, because of staffing issues, very little had been done to keep weed growth under... read more
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At around midday I took this photograph, which you might take to be snow. However, what you see is the result of a sudden hail storm. It didn't last long so where the hail fell on our neighbour's field the stones got lost between the blades of grass, but on harder surfaces it remained visib... 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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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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It was a warm dry night two days 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 ... 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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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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The signet that has been with us for about a week now seems to have been adopted by the geese. It is almost always within a few yards of them as if it feels they are its parents. The geese don't seem at all disturbed its proximity. I can't imagine that they will nest this year, it seems far... read more
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I took five images from the bedroom window this month. It will seem to some that if it was sunny then I took a picture. In truth, I can't remember what the weather was like in the days between. All the images are remarkably similar. The first was taken on 1st of the month shortly after 09:10 ... read more
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I would like to say that I'm continuing the habit I started last month, but that's not really the case as I've only taken three of my standard "from the bedroom" images and the latter two were taken within two days of each other. The last of the January photographs, taken on 29th, s... read more
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Opening the curtains this morning it was to see the duck house in use. Perhaps not "in use" so much as taken advantage of or being inspected. I'm never sure if I do want ducks to nest in it. It would seem so unnatural. To me it looks much more the size of a kennel than somewhere t... read more
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I've been talking with my neighbour whose lived in his cottage for almost 50 years and says he doesn't recall ever seeing the dykes as low as they are at the moment. He reckons it's because "they" have opened sluices a little way down river in order to flood the fields. I'm not sure if... read more
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Yes, It's just a pair of swans! They were seen behind the house at around 13:40. There's nothing much remarkable in that other than it reminds me of the estate agents brochure that we were given before buying the house. Although we first came to view the house in October 2012, the photos in... read more
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It was just after 08:30 when I looked out of the window to take my regular "Lake View". The snow of a couple of days ago had gone and it was sunny, but with dark clouds to the west. One of the advantages of having had so much of the island cleared is that you can now see to the penins... read more
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In what may become a habit, I've saved up all my photographs of the lake taken from our bedroom window for the month and am putting them in one post. I figure that makes them easy to compare. It was on Saturday the 11th, just before 08:40, that I took the first of the pictures this year. It w... read more
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It was just before 15:00 that I saw a Woodpecker - but it wasn't pecking wood. Standing on the edge of a mole hill it seemed to be digging deep into a hole in the surrounding grass. It seems it's not unusual to see a woodpecker behaving in this way, but up till now I'd only seen them in trees... read more
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This morning was bright but chilly and the lake was frozen. The "Green Team" arrived to continue with with the business of trying to remove the remains of the fishing stands from the water. Having removed most of the platforms earlier in the week, the plan for this morning was to remov... read more
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It was around 14:00 when I noticed that an adult male swan was now cruising the lake and I managed to take this photo as it came through from the cottages side as the geese were inspecting the Duck House. The geese seem more interested in the Duck House this year . Whether that has anything... read more
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Shortly before 11:00 I noticed a lone swan on the lake. As it came closer I saw that it had the rather grey bill of the cygnet that we last saw in November . However, this time it was on its own - if, indeed, it is the same bird that we saw then as that one appeared paired. The water l... read more
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It wasn't the best of days to walk round the grounds, but today I did go to the far corner of the site and took a photograph looking along the length of the peninsula. Since the summer the reed has been cut back along the edge of the peninsula, so you can now see the water and the island beyond... read more
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One of the effects of having cut all the reed down around the edge of the island is that now, not only can see see easily all the way across to the peninsula beyond, but also that the geese seem to use it. this morning one was seen inspecting the "Duck House". One of the things we... read more
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Having done a Christmas post, I thought I might as well record something for New Year's Eve - and it's just a view of a frozen lake. It was around 09:15 when I stepped out of the patio doors in the lounge to take this picture. The water level is about as high as I've known it and the frost ... read more
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