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An Old Fashioned Continental Stove Swept

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An Old Fashioned Continental Stove Swept

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I recently swept a rather unusual Continental Stove at a house in Little Sampford. The customer told me that she had bought the stove second hand in France many years ago now. Apparently its previous home in France had been a rather fancy chateau! who

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A Squirrel in the Thatch and a Defence against Witches

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A Squirrel in the Thatch and a Defence against Witches

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This is perhaps the most unusual thatched animal I have found so far, and is on a thatched cottage at the bottom of Roman Road in Radwinter. Although grey squirrels might be considered by some to be vermin and therefore worth shooting, I don’t think

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A Happy Christmas to all my Customers

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A Happy Christmas to all my Customers

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May I wish all my customers and FaceBook followers a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
On a festive note I took a picture of this unusual stove pipe chimney recently following the fall of snow we had. I thought it looked vey

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A Bad Smell up the Chimney – What Could it Be?

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A Bad Smell up the Chimney – What Could it Be?

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A customer recently contacted me to say that there was a really bad smell coming from an unused chimney in an upstairs bedroom. She went on to say that the smell had started when they had lit a wood burning stove in the room below.

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Two Pheasants in the Thatch and Some Ancient History

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Two Pheasants in the Thatch and Some Ancient History

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More pheasants, I spotted these two on a roof in Water Lane, Radwinter at the Ashdon Road end. Pheasants would appear to be a popular animal to have on a thatched roof, which is perhaps not so surprising when you think just how many of

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Are They Bees or are They Wasps?

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Are They Bees or are They Wasps?

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I recently swept a chimney in an upstairs bedroom in a house in Hempstead and was surprised to find that the chimney contained an old insect nest. In the photograph it is possible to clearly see the honeycomb structure of the nest as it came

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The hunting, shooting Theme continues with a Pheasant in the Thatch

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The hunting, shooting Theme continues with a Pheasant in the Thatch

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I saw this pheasant on a newly thatched roof in Wimbish Green the other day; is this further proof that thatched animals are all about hunting and shooting? Or are they just themed on animals found in the countryside? What is for sure is that

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Another Biomass Boiler Chimney Swept

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Another Biomass Boiler Chimney Swept

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Here is another example of industrial scale sweeping that I have undertaken! I recently swept the chimney of this large biomass boiler that is on an estate in the Linton area. The boiler is used to supply heat and hot water to the rather large

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An Unusual Thatched Family – Roadrunner Ducks?

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An Unusual Thatched Family – Roadrunner Ducks?

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More thatched animals; a family example this time, a mother duck and her chicks that I noticed on a roof in Water Lane, Radwinter. I think these are roadrunner ducks, because of their long necks, but I could be wrong and stand to be corrected?

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Installation of Carbon Monoxide Alarms

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Installation of Carbon Monoxide Alarms

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Something I do rather a lot of is fitting carbon monoxide alarms. Unfortunately, I find that many people are simply not aware of the dangers associated with carbon monoxide and consequently do not have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in the room where they regularly

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