A Year In Pictures


A brand new year..

It hardly seems any time at all since the last one began.


A huge thank you to all who follow, read and comment on rusty duck.

I just hope that you enjoy it as much as me.




Jessica x


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  1. Pauline December 31, 2013 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful selection of photos giving us a glimpse of your part of Devon through the year. Doesn’t Cornwall look fantastic! Thank you for sharing these images with us and Happy New Year to you and your family.

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      I couldn’t quite believe the colour of the sea at St Ives. It’s the same in parts of Scotland too, amazing!

  2. Chloris December 31, 2013 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    That’s a lovely year in pictures. Those woodpeckers are beautiful. What a good shot.
    I just can’t begin to imagine how you did it though. I’m going to get my son to fix my blog, I want it to be all singing and dancing too. Well, perhaps not singing.. But those moving images are so classy.
    Happy New year, Jessica I’m looking forward to enjoying your blog in 2014..

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      It was just a bit fiddly and would have helped if the program had come with better instructions. You Tube saves the day again, hey ho! Great to find your blog too Chloris.

  3. Denise December 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    My favourite? Can’t choose between the woodpeckers and Ptolemy and Friend! Thank you for all the entertaining post and pics this year (I still chortle about the spinning squirrel!) and wishing you and Mike all the best for a very prosperous Rusty Duck 2014! X

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      I still laugh when I see those squirrel pictures, and I’ve seen them so very many times. Having finally joined the iPad age I shall be experimenting with videos. The squirrels have already discovered I turned the twirler off during that last storm..

  4. Denise December 31, 2013 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Nature at it’s best – a fantastic year Jessica. Happy New Year from all here in the Nesbitt household Dxxx

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks Denise. Not sure I can beat the nature on your doorstep though, enjoy.

  5. justjilluk December 31, 2013 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Arent you clever! Lovely. Happy 2014, look forward to reading about it.

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      Not me, those clever computer whizz kids. Although it was handy having learnt Powerpoint in a former life. Who knew it would have a use in the middle of a Devon wood. Have a good Hogmanay Jill.

  6. Rosie December 31, 2013 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Woodrow, Ptolemy, the spinning squirrel and of course the rusty ducks – lovely photos of your year. Best wishes for health and happiness in 2014:)

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      You too Rosie. I shall have to find the spinning squirrel a name.

  7. Jacqueline December 31, 2013 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Beautiful images Jessica and, I have really enjoyed reading you blog and watching the progress of your garden and the interior of your pretty home.
    Wishing you and your family a Happy, happy New Year and hope that 2014 will be filles with many wonderful times. XXXX

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      More interior works next year… we MUST get round to it! I hope you are enjoying the benefit of all the work you had done this year. Have a good evening x

  8. Alison Collins December 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Lovely pictures…you live in such a gorgeous place and all down to your hard work and many skills.
    I do hope you have a fantastic New Year.
    Take care,

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      Mostly trial and error! Thanks Alison, you too.

  9. Abby December 31, 2013 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Superb pictures – thank you for sharing. Hope you have a happy, peaceful and fruitful New Year. Abby x

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 5:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Abby. It was difficult to choose just one from some months, it’s been a good summer for the garden anyway. Let’s hope we have more next year. Take care.

  10. countrysidetales December 31, 2013 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    I’ve loved following your exploits this year and look forward to more in 2014. Have a good one X

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      You too CT.

  11. elaine December 31, 2013 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading of your successes and failures over the year – highly entertaining. Warmest wishes to you for 2014.

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks Elaine. I hope you are refreshed after your weekend away.

  12. Jo December 31, 2013 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    A great selection of photos giving a snapshot of your year. Wishing you all the very best for 2014.

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jo. Having a blog is a great way of keeping a record of what happens over a year.

  13. Sue@GLAllotments December 31, 2013 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Best wishes for 2014 to you too

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      Happy growing season. Can’t wait to get my hands back into warm dry soil.

  14. Simone December 31, 2013 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    That was a wonderful year in pictures Jessica! A Happy New Year to you too! x

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      I hope 2014 is a better one for you too Simone x

  15. SeagullSuzie December 31, 2013 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    A wonderful collection of photos and so beautifully done. I have enjoyed your blog, which I came to late this year, but really look forward to your posts in 2014 and tales of plants, animals and your pretty home. Happy New Year.

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      We are both fortunate to live where we do, one of my resolutions is to get out and about more this coming year. Your blog makes me realise that I don’t spend nearly enough time by the sea! Thanks Suzie.

  16. Anna December 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    I’m so glad that I discovered your blog this year Jessica. May the new year treat you and your garden kindly:) xxx

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      Likewise Anna. Have a great gardening year!

  17. wherefivevalleysmeet December 31, 2013 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    So pleased that I discovered your lovely blog Jessica – may the new year be good to you and your husband with lots of exciting gardening, happiness and health.

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rosemary, I am so pleased to have discovered yours. Look forward to following your travels in 2014.

  18. Amy at love made my home December 31, 2013 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Squirrel spinning has surely to be the best!! Happy New Year Jessica, and to Mike. I hope that 2014 is a great year for you and I look forward to reading along. xx

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      The trouble is, I think the squirrels enjoy it too. I should charge.. It would cover the cost of the batteries at least!

  19. rabbitquilter December 31, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    That was lovely!! The spinning squirrel is the funniest!! Thank you for such an enjoyable blog, am so glad I found you! Wellies at the ready for next year’s jaunts, be it beach or garden! Wishing you a Happy and Happy New Year.

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      I had better get a new pair then, wading through the river has thrown up a leak! Thanks, and thank you for following along.

  20. Cathy December 31, 2013 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this lovely presentation of some of your highlights, Jessica – I look forward to sharing more of them next year. Best wishes for 2014.

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 10:27 pm - Reply

      Next year I shall be planting snowdrops I think, if the mice agree to leave them alone. Thanks Cathy.

  21. Joanne December 31, 2013 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    A lovely selection of photographs, I hope your new year will be as wonderful for you as I am going to make it for me.

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 10:30 pm - Reply

      That’s the spirit.. We can do it can’t we?

  22. Linda December 31, 2013 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Hey Jessica….
    What a fabulous display of your talented picture taking!
    I had tried to do the same…..but got all balled up!
    Perhaps next year, I will start the collage a wee bit earlier! hahaha!
    I so enjoy your blog….thanks for supporting me as well….
    Hands across the ocean…so to speak!
    All the best in 2014….happy blogging!

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      I like that, hands across the ocean. Your pictures are truly inspirational. Mike and I have a lot to learn.

  23. Antoinette December 31, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Love your year in photos πŸ™‚
    Wishing you peace, health and happiness in 2014.
    You’re so right, blogging is enjoyable πŸ™‚ and I’ve certainly have enjoyed visiting yours!

    • Jessica December 31, 2013 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks Antoinette, likewise, and look forward to following you again in 2014.

  24. nataliescarberry December 31, 2013 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Same to you and yours, Jessica. May your year be a wonderful one fully of the Lord’s blessings, Happy New Year. Blessings, Natalie πŸ™‚

    • Jessica January 1, 2014 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Thank you Natalie, and yours. I look forward to following life in Texas the year.

  25. Freda January 1, 2014 at 12:38 am - Reply

    What wonderful photographs. Glad I found you Jessica!

    • Jessica January 1, 2014 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Thanks Freda, you too!

  26. Ali January 1, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I have loved my visits to Rusty Duck this year – thank you for sharing it with us. And I’m looking forward to the tales of 2014 very much!

    • Jessica January 1, 2014 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      You’re very welcome Ali, thank you for visiting!

  27. Jayne Hill January 1, 2014 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Jessica, an absolutely splendid round up of 2013.

    Happy New Year to you both, wishing Duck Towers happiness, health, love and laughter throughout 2014. I am very ‘behind’ in catching up with all the blogs I enjoy, and yours is a delight; I love reading what you and Mike have been up to. If only you didn’t live so ruddy far away :{

    • Jayne Hill January 1, 2014 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      Forgot to say, Bilbo is having an extended and well-deserved vacation from Bag End and I’m going to be standing in for the foreseeable future :}

      • Jessica January 1, 2014 at 4:26 pm - Reply

        It’s ages since we’ve been to the Lakes, your blog acts as a constant reminder that it’s overdue a visit. A second attempt at the summit of Skiddaw perhaps.

        • Jayne Hill January 2, 2014 at 8:25 am - Reply

          As & when you do decide to venture north, the kettle will be on at Bag End (in sight of Skiddaw!) and Daisy loves visitors :}

          There’s an ’email’ link at both the blog and the Blogger profile page if you want to.

          • Jessica January 2, 2014 at 9:34 am

            Thanks Jayne, I will definitely take you up on that one day!

  28. BadPenny January 1, 2014 at 11:58 am - Reply

    The Woodpeckers get my vote ! Happy New Year to one and all ( squirrels included ! ) x

    • Jessica January 1, 2014 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Oh those squirrels are happy all right, they show no signs of going away…! Thanks Penny.

  29. Philippa January 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Happy New Year!


    • Jessica January 1, 2014 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks Philippa, and good luck with all your plans.

  30. woolythymes January 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    i missed a couple of these photos somehow this year??!! Love seeing them all together—-you are such an inspiration!!! (Wish we lived a bit closer…I’m thinking Ptolemy might be able to straighten out Freddy a bit!)

    • Jessica January 1, 2014 at 4:28 pm - Reply

      They would probably just join forces!

  31. CherryPie January 1, 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I love your year in photos.

    Happy New Year to you, I hope it is a good one.

    • Jessica January 1, 2014 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks Cherie.

  32. CJ January 1, 2014 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Such beautiful pictures. I was in St Ives in July too! Wishing you a very happy and contented 2014. And I’m looking forward to following your lovely blog through the year.

    • Jessica January 1, 2014 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      Sadly we were only there for the day, but the weather was just gorgeous. Thanks CJ.

  33. snowbird January 1, 2014 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Ah….just love the pheasants and woodpeckers. Fantastic shots. All all the very best to you and yours.xxx

    • Jessica January 1, 2014 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      Having the birds in the garden is very special. The mice and the squirrels are another matter entirely!

  34. Willow January 2, 2014 at 12:13 am - Reply

    Beautiful recap of the photos.
    Happy New Year !
    All the best to you,

    • Jessica January 2, 2014 at 9:30 am - Reply

      Many thanks Willow!

  35. Jenny January 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Happy new year, and hears to a good 2014!

    • Jessica January 2, 2014 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jenny.
      I did your pizza recipe a couple of times over Christmas and have discovered that you can freeze the dough quite successfully. I can see this is going to become a staple food!

      • Jenny January 2, 2014 at 4:45 pm - Reply

        Do you freeze the dough as a ball, or rolled out ready for use? I can see it becoming even more tempting than it already is!

        • Jessica January 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm - Reply

          A ball. It was a bit resistant to being rolled once defrosted, but I persisted!
          I put it in a foil container, next time I’ll try open freezing because it stuck to the container. The yeast survived though… as it thawed it was climbing out of the foil on its own and rose beautifully in the oven! It probably wouldn’t last for months in the freezer.

  36. Christina January 2, 2014 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Loved your images of the year, especially the one of St. Ives, it was as hot and sunny with deep blue sea when we were there in September too. Happy gardening in 2014!

    • Jessica January 2, 2014 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks Christina. September was probably a better time to go.. still good weather but less crowded!

  37. Em January 2, 2014 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous Jess – Happy New Year and looking forward to seeing you! x

    • Jessica January 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      You too Em!

  38. Jeneane January 3, 2014 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Oh boy, I’m jealous of that bookshelf. Have you read them all? (-; I especially like the baby brussel sprouts forming and the red maple leaves amongst the marbled cyclamen leaves. Happy New Year to you too Jessica X

    • Jessica January 3, 2014 at 11:20 am - Reply

      Most of them, between us.
      We had home grown sprouts for Christmas dinner for the first time this year. Result!

  39. rachel January 3, 2014 at 9:27 am - Reply

    And the very best to you too, for 2014. Keep on blogging!

    • Jessica January 3, 2014 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Thanks Rachel. I will if you will.

  40. Sue January 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    I must say I love the February photo the best, those bookshelves (and the contents) look wonderful.

    Wishing you both a very Happy New Year.

    • Jessica January 3, 2014 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sue. It has been wonderful over Christmas and New Year making the time just to sit and read. It’s a rare treat!

  41. Sarah January 3, 2014 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Your pictures made me smile as I remembered the posts you have written during the year. Hope you have a winning year against the animals!
    Sarah x

    • Jessica January 3, 2014 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      If I can tip the balance just a little more in my favour I’ll be happy! Thanks Sarah.

  42. Helene January 3, 2014 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Beautiful collage of 2013, may 2014 be just as a beautiful and rewarding gardening year for you!
    Happy New Year Jessica, even if it’s 3rd January – I am trying to catch up with blogs I should have visited days ago πŸ™‚

    • Jessica January 3, 2014 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks Helene. It would be so good if we could have another warm summer wouldn’t it?

  43. Rosie Nixon Perthshire Photographer January 3, 2014 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    It was lovely to discover your blog this year πŸ™‚ and looking forward to reading more in the coming year. I hope you’re not suffering too much from all this terrible weather we’ve been having recently.

    • Jessica January 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      There are people a lot worse off than us down here, it really has been bad. The pictures on the news are quite scary.
      It has been good to discover your blog too, your photography is fantastic Rosie!

  44. Heda504 January 4, 2014 at 7:29 am - Reply

    Great pics and a wonderful review of 2013 – the year in a nutshell. Apologies for being a bit quiet of late (pressures of work seem to increase with each passing year) but enjoying reading as always.

    • Jessica January 4, 2014 at 10:22 am - Reply

      Hi Heda, thanks! It’s great to hear from you whenever you’ve got a moment, quite understand the pressures of work. Hope you’re well otherwise.

  45. Serendipity January 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    What a lovely look back on the year. I look forward to seeing more in 2014. xx

    • Jessica January 4, 2014 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks Debbie. I have enjoyed following you too.

  46. Natalie January 7, 2014 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    I saw the spinning squirrel!! Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

    • Jessica January 8, 2014 at 9:59 am - Reply

      It never fails to make me laugh!

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