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Sometimes I work in enchanted places

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Sometimes I work in enchanted places

Laptop still crashing after ten minutes so here is a post that I’ve been trying to put up for the last  couple of days. Caroline provided the photo which I just had to include …     I’m very lucky. Over the past few years I have got to know a lot of people and observed hundreds of different lifestyles through my decorating work. If the job is a long one, I become a fly on the wall. Listening mainly to my DAB headset sports radio as I work but sometimes looking beyond my brush. I have been employed on a large estate for...

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Jackdaws love nesting in our chimney

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Jackdaws love nesting in our chimney

I was walking back to the car at dusk this evening and passed a very smart building with two smallish standard trees either side of the large front door. I spotted a neat nest of twigs in the branches, and a glimpse of a tail feather. A pigeon was sitting on the nest, she looked incongruous like a miniature partridge in a pear tree on a noisy, dirty road in Newmarket. We have two similar nests of twigs in our garden built by the wood pigeons. More Laura Ingalls Wilder than chic Frank Lloyd Wright, they are still beautifully made and seem to...

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