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Save trees and money and scatter some joy with Jaquie Lawson e-cards

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Save trees and money and scatter some joy with Jaquie Lawson e-cards

I received my first Jaquie Lawson Christmas card seven years ago. It was one of her Chudleigh (black Labrador) cards. I was thrilled. Great animation and top marks on the feel good factor. Then I forgot all about them. A couple of years ago an old friend started sending us Jaquie Lawson cards at Christmas and Easter. Margaret and her husband Tony had been our neighbours and had moved far away to Cumbria. Each card was a delightful reminder of an old and lasting friendship. There’s something very magical about these cards. This Christmas we...

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Clear skies with Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

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Clear skies with Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Planning my decorating week, I checked the weather forecast last night as I still have a backlog of outdoor jobs. The symbols indicated that it would be misty and foggy all day. Too damp to paint outside. But this meant that I’d be snug indoors, beside someone else’s Aga in a house where the central heating is always on. And as I’m painting Georgian sash windows, I’d be gazing at the landscape through the mist for hours. The thought of heat and views had me pulling on my work boots at 09:00 am. I love the filigree of trees in the...

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What do you want for Christmas?

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What do you want for Christmas?

We’ve been working so hard recently that I think I’m beginning to lose touch. Pointing the jalopy’s nose homeward this evening, I was surprised to see a Christmas tree strung with lights in Saffron Walden High Street. Why not? It’s December after all. Danny emailed me his Christmas list two weeks ago and I asked him if it was still relevant this morning at breakfast. His response was typical of our fast moving world, ‘I’m not bothered about the main present (a filter coffee machine). But the rest stand...

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