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‘Feed The Birds’

With a second period of cold weather here in sunny Worcester I thought it was a good time to repost this article. ‘Feed the birds tuppence a bag’ goes the song from the…

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Autumn planting, Spring colour.

This year there is a new planting plan for the raised beds bordering the patio. This will be the first year I have not planted tulips here instead there are Wallflowers Persian Carpet,…

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Drought Tolerant Gardens.

With the heat wave currently restricting me to the shade of my office and cooling fan, I thought it provided an ideal opportunity to write about drought-tolerant gardens. We spent a week in…

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July in Our Garden@19

July can be an anticlimax in the garden following the excitement of June with its roses, peonies and Iris.These are some of the plants trying to fill the void here in our garden.…

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Bonsai in Worcester.

We recently visited a group of gardens in Worcester who were opening for the National Garden Scheme, I don’t think many of the visitors would have expected to find such a wonderful Bonsai…

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Roses.

A video tour of the roses in Our Garden@19. Please turn your sound on watch on YouTube and select full screen and enjoy.

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Thank you.

On June the 4th and 5th six gardens in the village of Hanley Swan opened in aid of the National Garden scheme. Thank you to all the supporters who baked cakes, helped with…

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Mind the Gap!

I have been thinking for some time that the wooden bridge crossing the dry river in the Japanese garden would soon need replacing. It had developed a certain amount of spring when crossing!…

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Japanese Gardens.

Following my post ‘Peace and Tranquility’ I thought it would be interesting to post some pictures, as slide shows, of Japanese gardens we have visited here in the UK. Tatton Park. From their…

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A Frosty Morning Workout.

Every January I wait for a frosty morning to pollard the Acer negundo Flamingo. Without the cold weather, even in January, the sap will pour from the cut wounds, which could over time…

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Christmas Tree Festival.

I have written about the village of Pirton in Worcestershire before, every two years they hold a Christmas Tree Festival to help raise money for the church maintenance. The village of Pirton was…

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Christmas Crackers.

In the greenhouse. In the garden by day, and by night. In the house. Thank you for reading brimfields.com during the year and leaving your comments. I enjoy reading your blogs they provide…

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St Wulstan’s Nature Reserve.

I have previously written about St Wulstan’s Nature Reserve being a favourite walk. These pictures are from our visit yesterday. Even a wet December day can provided some photo opportunities. Photographs taken with…

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Trees for the small garden.

With encouragement from the Government and countryside organisations such as the RHS and NT there is an increasing interest in planting trees and the benefits to the environment of doing so. While most…

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Autumn Up Close.

Trees and Leaves. Seed Heads. Flowers. Autumn pollen providers. We have had a colourful, mild autumn, the garden has been a delight. Photographs taken with the Canon close up lens 500D 72mm attached…

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Broughton Grange.

NGS Visit. Broughton Grange featured on the BBC Gardeners World this week, if you have not seen the programme I would recommend watching on catchup for an up to date view of this…

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Our Garden@19 in September.

September is one of my favourite months in the garden, it could be nostalgia because we always had a wonderful show of Michaelmas Daises (Asters/Symphyotrichum) in our cottage garden at home. Many other…

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Ravelin.

We visited Ravelin on Sunday, one of their National Garden Scheme open days. It is situated in the next village to us, Hanley castle. The description is from their NGS page. “A ½…

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Thank You.

Along with many garden owners, we originally decided not to open our garden this year due to the pandemic. However, with the improving situation, we have now held popup openings in June and…

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Exotics in September.

We have decided to hold another pop-up opening for the National Garden Scheme charity. The exotics are looking good, I am hoping the Michaelmas Daisies will soon start to join them. And in…

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Double value.

Three plants in the garden offering attractive foliage as well as flowers. Galtonia candicans has white bell flowers with lance like blue green striped leaves. The Pholx are just starting to flower here,…

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Spetchley Park Gardens in May.

With the tentative easing of lock down restrictions our first garden visits have been to Spetchley Park Gardens with 30 acres to roam there is space for everyone. Spetchley Park, Worcester has been…

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Tulips and Blossom.

I have begun an experiment with tulips this year, following an article I read by Fergus Garrett from Great Dixter regarding which tulips they found to be perennial. The most reliable ones being…

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Spring (ing) into action!

This winter in Our Garden@19 has been busy with ‘Estate Maintenance’. I previously posted about replacing the trellis and fence in the white and green garden, then as now my brother Derek has…

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Garden visiting…..remember that?

Aston Pottery Garden. Having read some impressive reviews about the garden at Aston Pottery, Aston, Oxfordshire, we visited in August 2016. On this occasion, they were open in aid of the National Gardens…

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A seasonal delight – in winter.

Guest Publisher Leonie Creighton. Leonie is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic gardener she is the minutes secretary to the Black Pear Gardening Club. I have invited her as guest publisher for this seasonally appropriate…

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Happy New Year.

Winter visited Our Garden@19 towards the end of 2020. Flowering in the house and keeping warm is the Christmas Cactus. From the bathroom window we can see the snow-capped Malvern Hills. A snowy…

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December 2020

This December has so far been very mild here in Our Garden@19 with only one frost. The cannas and dahlias are all lifted….. ….safely stored in the garden shed with fleece covering for…

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Ivy and the Bees.

Why you should allow some ivy to grow in your garden. I do grow some cultivated variegated forms, ivy does not produce any flowers until their adult growth stage when the leaf shape…

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August Video Garden Tour.

Historically August has been viewed as a low period for the garden, due in part, I think, to owners of large estates traditionally moving to Scotland for the grouse season, today it is…

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St Wulstan’s Nature Reserve.

A favourite walk of ours even before lockdown was St. Wulstan’s Nature Reserve. Before it became a nature reserve, it had a fascinating history as a US army hospital, a TB hospital and…

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The May Garden Video Tour.

“April Showers Bring May Flowers”. While we did not have many April showers the May flowers have, like us, enjoyed the sunshine. Please join me on a video tour of Our Garden@19 to…

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Tulip Video Tour.

Every year since 2011 our village church has held open gardens over this bank holiday weekend, we have taken part every year bar one. This year, along with all open gardens it has…

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Spring Video Tour.

With our gardening club’s meetings cancelled for at least the next three months and the majority of us self isolating for various health reasons, I decided to record a film, Spring Tour, ‘Our…

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March Tour.

Despite the awful weather this winter, it has been a busy one here in our garden@19, see: (A Winter Project and a Wildlife-Friendly Experiment.) following on from several autumn projects. With all the depressing…

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Some Colourful Relief.

With all the terrible weather, gales and floods that the UK has recently experienced,     I hope some spring colour will help to bring some relief. (Fortunately whilst we live close to Upton…

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Tulips, Pots and Saucers.

The beginning of November saw the planting of pots with, crocus, iris, narcissus and species rock tulips. Old hanging baskets used to keep the squirrels away.Two large pots either side of the banana…

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Autumn Project 4, Unexpected!

This year I noticed that the Parthenocissus Tri. Veitch, Boston Ivy, behind the banana bench, had been almost completely replaced with wild Ivy. Now while I like Ivy in the garden for its…

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Autumn Project 3 Completed.

I have long held the view that autumn is the beginning of the gardening year, preparing the garden and the plants for their winter rest before the explosion of spring and summer glory.…

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Plant of the month.

Asters, Michaelmas Daisies or Symphyotrichum, as some of them have now been renamed, are one of the autumn garden flowers I have always loved to see. This is probably because of the wonderful…

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Autumn Project 2 Completed.

I have to confess to watching many of the gardening programs on television along with reading gardening magazines, books and of course blogs, for inspiration in planting and design. One programme featured, what…

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Plant of the month.

Visiting RHS Chatsworth Show in June this year, one of the bulb stands had Zantedeschia Contor on display, and in flower. Talking to the owner he reassured me the tubers would flower this…

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Plant of the month.

Fig leaf Holly Hocks are my choice, in August, for plant of the month in our garden@19. I love the delicate colours of this one. The seed was sent to me probably two…

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Plant of the month.

Choosing a plant of the month at this time of year is a little like choosing your favourite child. Daucus carota, the wild annual carrot, flowering in the blue border mainly from self…

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May Joy.

Our garden@19, in May, was cloaked in the joy of May flowers, starting with the Wisteria floribunda ‘Alba’ … These pictures were taken just before our NGS May opening, when 77 visitors came…

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April Top Ten.

A quick tour around Our Garden@19 to capture my Top Ten, joining Chloris at The Blooming Garden. The Lego inspired Bug Hotel with Roof Garden. You can see more April Top Ten by…

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Vinca.

Vinca have a bad reputation with gardeners as being very invasive. This is more true of ‘major’, the smaller ‘minor’, known as the Lesser Periwinkle is, I think, an excellent plant for dry,…

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‘Brazen Hussy’.

The plant family, Ranunculus, includes buttercups and lesser celandine, plants that most gardeners would not welcome into their garden. However with these looks and the name of ‘Brazen Hussy’, I have made an…

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Bulbs, Sunshine, Tea and Cake.

The churchyard at Birlingham, Nr Pershore in Worcestershire has long been a pilgrimage for snowdrop lovers in the area. Bulb Teas are held each Saturday and Sunday in February until Sunday 24th February…

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Remembrance.

Christmas and New Year are often a time for remembering lost loved ones. Imagine my surprise at seeing the rosemary in flower in our garden@19 this morning following a night of -2* frost.…

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December Rain.

In the Garden, December 2018 T’is the season to be merry, of turkey, tinsel and snow with visits to Santa’s Grotto. I cannot promise you any of the above, we can though visit…

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November Sunshine.

Blogging has had to take a back seat recently with a wedding, holiday, a kitchen refit and decorating taking precedent.  I lifted all the Dahlias from the raised beds last week, replacing them…

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Autumn Colour in Our Garden@19

    The National Garden Scheme has posted this quote on their website. “Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant (1794 – 1878) You can view their Autumn Smile here What is making…

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Cool.

Hot…Spicy…and now Cool in Our Garden@19.   I hope you are enjoying your summer, what ever the weather and where ever you are.

Spicy!

Last year my Ginger Lily produced one flower, this year two! What has spiced up you garden?

Hot!

Now that its raining I thought I would post pictures of the ‘Hot’ plants in Our Garden@19. Which plants have been matching the summer weather in your garden?

Murphy—?—26th July 2018.

Rescued by Mary from the Dogs Trust at approximately 18 months old, Murphy has been our friend, companion and protector here at Our Garden@19. His contribution to the team can be read in…

Blackmore Grange July 2018.

  On Saturday the Black Pear Gardening Club visited Blackmore Grange, owned by Doug and Anne Robertson. A total of £206 was raised and donated to St. Richards Hospice, Worcester. The Hospice has recently…

Drought Busters July 2018.

Those of you living and gardening in the UK do not need me to tell you that we are ‘enjoying’ one of the hottest June/July periods for some time, with day time temperatures…

NGS Open Weekend 2018.

We were blessed with prefect weather for the Hanley Swan NGS Group open weekend this year. This encouraged 244 visitors to came through the open garden gates during the weekend….     including…

May Blooms.

The month of May has seen Our Garden@19 blessed with high temperatures by day, cool nights and thunderstorms. The surviving flowers have put on a wonderful show. Hopefully some of these will continue…

‘The Mad Month of May.’

March is usually considered to be the ‘mad’ month of the year. Here at Brimfields.com, May qualifies due to so many ‘events’ taking place. This weekend the Hanley Open Gardens takes place over…

Daffodil delights & Narcissus narcissism.

Narcissi are one of the delights of spring. Here are some that brightened the spring in Our garden@19, from the smallest… …to the weird. To the big and blowsy… The next few pictures…

Top Ten for March.

Weather lore says: “March, in like a lion out like a lamb.” March is a month of transition, a much used word of late. In a gardening context I think emergence is a…

New Winter Visitor.

Today’s snow brought a new visitor to the garden, for this winter, the Pied Wagtail. From the RSPB website: “The pied wagtail, Motacilla alba, is a delightful small, long-tailed and rather sprightly black and white…

The National Botanic Garden of Wales.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is one of our favourite places to visit in Wales. “It is a charity dedicated to the research and conservation of biodiversity, to sustainability, lifelong learning and…

Feed the Birds. March 2018.

The snow has brought on extra demand around the bird feeding stations with the arrival of the Thrush family, most notably the Fieldfares and the Redwings. they come in search of any berries…

Chris, Camassia & Chaos.

Our gardening club, The Black Pear Gardening Club, meets monthly, with speakers during the winter months and garden visits during the summer. For the February meeting we welcomed Stella Exley from Hare Spring…

Hats, Gloves, Scarves & Muddy Boots.

On Wednesday we replaced our Hats, Gloves, Scarves and Muddy Boots with our ‘Wednesday Best’ to attend the Worcestershire County National Garden Scheme AGM and lunch. ( This being a charity, garden owners…

Ten February Favourite Blooms.

Chloris at The Blooming Garden encourages us garden bloggers to venture out into the garden in all winds and weathers to take pictures of our favourite ten blooms each month. My ten include the…

New Visitors.

I along with many fellow bloggers enjoy watching and feeding the birds that visit our gardens throughout the year.  New visitors to our garden@19 this winter have been, a fleeting glimpse of a…

In the February Sunshine.

These winter months are the time of year I try to carry out any ‘estate’ maintenance along with completing the pruning of the climbing/rambling roses, wisteria, vines, the apples and pear trees. These…

Croome Park.

One of our favourite local places to visit is Croome Court (NT). Ideally situated for a walk in the park land, visit to the house, church and end up with refreshments in the…

The Birds and the Bees…

Today (Friday) was the first day of sunshine here and after too many days of rain, it does bring a song into your heart. I ventured out into the garden to finish pruning…

Oxford Botanic Gardens.

We enjoy visiting gardens, it usually features in any holiday plans, besides giving pleasure they provide material for the blog and my garden presentations. In March 2017 we visited Oxford University Botanic Gardens.…

Merry Christmas.

Mary usually decorates our mantlepiece for Christmas. This years theme is felted robins and holly leaves she has made, all on a snow dusted Yule Log. (From the Prunus serrula in ourgarden@19). Wishing…

Christmas Tree Festival.

The village of Pirton, Worcestershire, was originally part of the Croome Estate and is located one mile north of  Croome Park (now owned by the National Trust). Pirton Court was historically the home of…

Tulips. (From Hanley Swan).

I am, sadly, old enough to remember Max Bygraves singing the cheerful song ‘Tulips from Amsterdam’. Tulips along with Dahlias are a vital element to providing year round cheer and colour here in…

Ten Top for November.

I am joining Chloris and her many followers in posting my Top Ten for November, please visit The Blooming Garden to see what their Top Ten are. Number one, the seed heads of the Lunaria,…

November Sunshine.

November unfairly receives a bad press, often refered to as dark, gloomy, foggy and dismal. This I think stems mainly from the days when coal fires were the norm, polluting the atmosphere.  “Guns…

November Shadows.

  I took these pictures with my iPhone, on a beautiful sunny November afternoon, while raking up the leaves in the garden, intending to publish them with this title on Wordless Wednesday. Events…

Top Ten for October.

Choosing my Top Ten flowers in Our garden@19 is difficult at any time of year, however one for October has to be the Michaelmas Daisy. (Aster/ Symphyotrichum.) This white one appeared in the…

Ten Favourites for September.

Just in the nick of time I am joining Chloris at The Blooming Garden with my Ten Favourites for September. You can see what others have posted by visiting Chloris Here  Number one in…

A ‘Charm’ in the rain.

On Thursday here in sunny Worcestershire the day turned into a very wet one. One thing I have observed over the years feeding birds in Our Garden@19 is the feeding frenzy that develops…

Signs of Autumn.

Walking around Our Garden@19 the other evening there were some notable signs of autumn, not least in the temperture. Some of the plants are starting to develop their seasonal colours. Please join me…

Dahlias.

Growing  Dahlias has become popular again within the last 15 years or so, some credit the late Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter with their revival. I grew up next door to my maternal…

Ten favourite plants for August 2017

It is often said that August is a poor time for English gardens, if you visit Chloris  At The Blooming Garden. you will see how wrong that statement can be. I am joining in…

Five favourite flowers for July.

Chloris at the blooming garden    has been posting her 10 favourite flowers for July while encouraging others to join in. I along with several others, am posting my five favourite flowers for July. Star…

Moyclare Gardens.

In May we had an enjoyable holiday in Cornwall, which I wrote about: here. One of the gardens we visited, that left a lasting impression on us was the Moyclare Garden, near Liskard. This…

Mugs.

In my previous post here I showed the mug tree our grandchildren helped create in the garden ready for our NGS open gardens. The mugs were a collection from them, their friends and some…

Catching up!

One problem for a gardener who chooses to go away on holiday in May is the work preparing to go away and then to catch up on your return. This is especially so…

Holiday Time.

We have just returned from an enjoyable holiday in Cornwall. Staying at Tregrill Farm Cottages, owned by Peter and Diane Bellamy, who previously  lived near to us in Worcestershire. My holiday reading (along…

Tulip Time Plans 2017

Our village of Hanley Swan has for the last few years held an open gardens during the Early May Bank Holiday weekend. I usually plant tulips in the garden and pots to provide…

Spring in Close-up.

These pictures were taken with my Canon 18-200mm lens with the Canon close up lens 500D 72mm attached. What is providing you with a Close-up view of spring?

Chocolate and Flowers.

On Sunday (Mothering Sunday) we visited the Gardens Illustrated Garden Festival held at Westonbirt School, Tebury, Gloucestershire. You can read about its history along with details regarding visiting the garden on the website: Holford…

I have built a wall!

  I have been thinking about my Hosta plants… We have a north facing corner against the house… Where I grow shade lovers including Epimedium x Rubrum, Ferns, Buxus and Hosta in pots.…

Spring is in the air.

In Our Garden@19   While enjoying the early signs of spring the head gardener has been preparing for the summer drought. The garden benefits from the borrowed landscape of the neighbours trees in…

‘Feed The Birds’

‘Feed the birds tuppence a bag’ goes the song from the film Mary Poppins.                  I feed the birds in the garden all year round, it…

Trentham Gardens.

Some summer flowers and a little sunshine to bring cheer to a winter’s day. In August 2016 we visited Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire with the Black Pear Gardening Club. Trentham is an award…

New Year – New Blog.

Welcome to brimfields.com, thank you for visiting. This is my new blog covering two interests in The Life of Brian, photography and gardening. I recently started to develop a blog about my photography…

2016 In Close Up.

This is the time of year when we think about the new year and reflect on the old one. The pictures below are some of the close up photographs from Our garden@19 taken…

Frosted Cobwebs.

When we have a frost the cobwebs on the windows of the summer-house are there for all to see. Such beautiful intricate patterns. `I took these pictures in December 2016. Where would we be…

Clash of the Titans.

  We visited the National Trust property, Charlecote Park in Warwickshire in October. They have an historic fallow deer herd which comprises all four colours of the species – common, menil (the spots…

A Special Place. (Laugharne)

Laugharne castle overlooking… …the estuary of the River Taf. The Boat House, the family home of Laugherne’s famous resident, Dylan Thomas, from 1949 until his death in 1953. His writing shed, looking out…

A Frosty Morn.

The 19th January 2016 saw the first real frost in Our garden@19.  

Italy.

Romeo Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? St Marks.

Feeding time.

Feeding and watching the birds that visit Our Garden@19 is one of the joys of owning a garden. Photographing them is more of a challenge! Gold Finch.  

Madeira

We visited Madeira in 2013 when they were ‘improving’ Funchal Harbour. I took these photos with Irene’s Kodak compact camera. The following pictures are of the flower festival which takes place every May.…

Raptor Day.

My two daughters gave me a voucher for a Raptors Day as a birthday present. It was a very enjoyable day spent with a bird on my arm. Thank you. PS. I have…

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