News from Lake Cottage
Cottage has now been connected to the B4RN broadband for Silverdale, offering superfast fast
internet speed of up to 1Gb.
Horrendous weather and flooding in the area resulted in very high water table - the lake was in the garden! Basement tanking breached and we had 6 inches of water that damaged carpets and furniture. Now all sorted!
Lake Cottage has also been listed on the Owners Direct referral website for the past 4 years. The founding company was taken over by Expedia last year. One of the early 'improvements' is to start charging guests a 12% booking fee when booked through their portal. We ourselves continue to pay an annual fee for the otherwise excellent listing. Further information in our 'Rates & Availability' section.
Courtyard re-gravelled and driveway upgraded. Replaced picnic table and parasol in courtyard. New picnic table with bench seating on jetty.
Kitchen splashback and inglenook tiled behind range cooker.
Otter sighted 20 feet off the jetty swimming towards us before we were spotted and it dived away into the reeds. Guest comments in visitor book report similar sightings. We now have an 'otter ramp' on the jetty as it would seem they use it to fish from!
Kingfishers still active and are using the perch which gives great access to the small roach off the jetty.
A pair of kingfishers have discovered the perch we installed on the jetty and have been seen several times over the summer.
Bittern flew over our heads as neighbour and I were chatting on the jetty. Not sure who was more surprised! Headed out to the lake and then turned in towards the moss. Footnote: Spring 2017 - we have now seen bittern fly over on three separate occasions, usually in the evening around dusk. Distinctively different from herons in appearance and flight.