The Grounds

A record of the management of the lake and grounds and the wildlife seen.
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Part Six

in 24 April 2020
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You can use the Earlier Post link, above, to see the the first part of the journey around the island. Alternatively, you might prefer to start at the The Beginning of the tour. Having got close to the nesting swan, we turn arund and make our way back to re-join the circular path around t... read more

Part Five

in 24 April 2020
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You can use the Earlier Post link, above, to see the bridge that we are crossing as we start this section of the tour. Alternatively, use the Earlier Post link above to start at The Beginning of the tour. As we begin to cross the bridge to the island a look to the right lets you see the ho... read more

Part Four

in 24 April 2020
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If you've joined the tour at this point, you might prefer to start at the The Beginning of the tour. As we return from the fence separating the private grounds of Ruston House from the holiday cottages, ahead we see the twin stumps of telegraph poles that mark the site of one of the old fi... read more

Part Three

in 24 April 2020
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If you've joined the tour at this point, you might want to use the Earlier Post link above to see the very start of the New Path. Alternatively, go the The Beginning of the tour. After six years, in June 2019, we had the boardwalk constructed. This replaced the sections of redundant fence ... read more

Part Two

in 24 April 2020
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Click the Earlier Post link above to start the tour at the beginning. This first picture, taken from the "boat stand" just beyond the bridge, helps to locate the last image of Part One of the 2015 tour and the first of Part Two. The first of those, showing a glimpse of the lak... read more

Part One

in 24 April 2020
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It's been almost five years since I last made a full tour of the grounds of Ruston House with my camera at the ready. So this tour is long overdue. I am writing it with my tour of 9 July 2015 shown in a neighbouring window. If you're reading this on a suitable device it might be a good idea to ... read more

Part Seven

in 9 July 2015
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You can use the Earlier Post link, above, to see the the first part of the journey around the island. Alternatively, you might prefer to start at the The Beginning of the tour. As the turn is taken to pass behind (when viewed from the house) the Reed Bed, it is easy to see this is planned ... read more

Part Six

in 9 July 2015
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You can use the Earlier Post link, above, to see the the first part of the journey around the island. Alternatively, you might prefer to start at the The Beginning of the tour. Turning around at the tip of the island we make a slight climb back towards the circular path round the island. A... read more

A Muntjac Makes A Morning Call

in 2020
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If my camera clock is to be believed, it was a second after 08:19 when I took the first picture of a deer near the bridge. It's not unknown to see a deer in full sun but certainly unusual. 59 seconds later and constantly browsing it's slowly moving towards the house. And following... read more

This Week's Wildlife Camera Captures

in 2020
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Just one short clip of a male Muntjac was caught this week, last Sunday morning at 06:10. The camera is sited on the Poors Allotment, just over the bridge from the grounds of Ruston House, pointing south east. read more

Past Lily Root And Onto The Poors Allotment

in 2020
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Over the last few weeks the Green Team have been repeatedly dragging the special hook, made last year, through the lake in an attempt to slice through as much lily root as possible. Today I photographed the pile of root segments that have been collected together after they floated to the surface... read more

Otters Come To Play

in 2020
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"What on earth was that", I thought as I started the video playing that the camera captured this morning at around 08:27. It could have been a small dog disappearing round the curve in the "retaining wall" at the back of our lake. I reset the video to the beginning and set... read more

Part Five

in 9 July 2015
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You can use the Earlier Post link, above, to see the bridge that we are crossing as we start this section of the tour. Alternatively, you might prefer to start at the The Beginning of the tour. Having begun to the cross the bridge to the island, if we look to the right you will see Ruston ... read more

Part Four

in 9 July 2015
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If you've joined the tour at this point, you might prefer to start at the The Beginning of the tour. As we return from visiting the gate that leads through to the cottages communal grounds, we see the fishing stand mentioned on the way out. Just ahead, on the right, under the trees in sha... read more

Part Three

in 9 July 2015
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If you've joined the tour at this point, you might want to use the Earlier Post link above to see the very start of the New Path. Alternatively, go the The Beginning of the tour. Leaving the main path we have come a few yards from the junction. The path turns to run alongside the dyke that... read more

Lake Views For February

in 2020
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What a difference a month and 20 minutes makes. Last month's Sunset Picture was taken just 20 minutes later than the snow scene you see here. One thing that you may notice that wasn't mentioned when the image was posted earlier was that I failed to mention how Storm Ciara had taken out ... read more

Part Two

in 9 July 2015
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Click the Earlier Post link above to start the tour at the beginning. Here the path begins to turn to the north. The Globe Buddleia with its orange flowers, seen on the left, marks the back of the Reed Bed, mentioned in Part One . It has always been our plan not to plant anything non-native... read more

An Egyptian Goose

in 2020
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It was in 2013, before we had moved in, that we last saw Egyptian Geese at Ruston House. Today, shortly before 12:50, I saw a lone example on the recently cleared island, just beyond the Duck House. As I took pictures of it through the patio door it constantly moved away from the hous... read more

Squirrels Again

in 2020
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It took until 2017 before I managed to photograph My First Squirrel at Ruston House and today was another of those rare occasions when I have managed to do it - I'm ignoring those picked up by the wildlife camera. We've already seen that squirrels appear to have discovered the bird feeders that... read more

Our Final Wedding Gift in Place

in 2020
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It has been long promised and there was a time when we feared it would never arrive, but 1609 days (who's counting?) after our wedding, the Green Team brought us their "Great Heart", as we will now call it. It's not quite what was originally promised but... read more

Part One

in 9 July 2015
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Thursday 9 July was a warm sunny day, with just a few quickly passing clouds in the sky. All the vegetation seemed fully grown with the paths through the grounds recently mowed. It was the ideal moment to create a record of how how the grounds had developed by the summer of 2015. I began th... read more

It's Been Snowing!

in 2020
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It's been a couple of years since we had any worthwhile snow and, in truth, this clearly was not going to turn out to be much. Others have suffered much worse from Storm Ciara and we were just getting the tail end of it. It was 16:35 when I took the picture and the snow had disappeared by t... read more

The Week's Wildlife Captures

in 2020
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It was 07:33 on Sunday morning and when you listen to the popping sound you may wonder what's going on, but eventually you'll realise it is pouring with rain and, for some reason, the camera's not-very-good microphone manages to pick up the sound as the rain drops hit the camera case. Through... read more

This Week's Wildlife Camera Captures

in 2020
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This week it's been squirrels and muntjac that the camera has caught. It looks as if I managed to adjust the clock setting when downloading last week's clips as the lighting conditions suggest that the EXIF data indicates each video was captured eight hours earlier than the lighting condition... read more

Lake Views For January

in 2020
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There's very little difference between this year's first photo taken on 9 January with the one taken a day earlier last year. Scanning from left to right you'll notice the last year the bank had been left to grow and you can't see the dyke. The nearest conifer has gone, bringing one of the smaller ones behind into view. Last year we had lots of duckweed stacked... read more
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