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Birds Nest Removed from M Design Stove Flue in Radwinter

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Birds Nest Removed from M Design Stove Flue in Radwinter

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A tale from close to home this week when I removed a bird’s nest from a flue I was seeping for an M Design stove in a house in Radwinter. It’s always the way, last job of the day on a Saturday, after a busy

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Green Enamel Godin Stove in Thaxted

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Green Enamel Godin Stove in Thaxted

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I recently swept this very unusual and attractive Green Enamel Godin Stove at an address in Thaxted. I think these antique stoves are rather beautiful and in the right setting they can really add to the ambiance of a room and add value to a

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Cash up the Chimney???

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Cash up the Chimney???

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A bit of a funny story this week. I recently swept a chimney to an open fire for Intercounty Lettings in Shepreth near Royston. Apparently, the property had been empty for quite sometime before being let out; consequently the day I attended the house was

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A Scottish House Name About Chimneys – Lum Reek

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A Scottish House Name About Chimneys – Lum Reek

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Something just a little bit different this week, a customer’s house name, but a name with a difference. This unusual name was on a customer’s house where I swept recently in Halstead. I was baffled by the house name as it did not appear to

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Finding Strange Things up the Chimney – A Bird of Pray

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Finding Strange Things up the Chimney – A Bird of Pray

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I very recently found this bird of prey up a large inglenook chimney in a thatched property at Tindon End. Looking at the colouring and plumage of the bird, I think it was a Kestral, but I could be wrong, I’m no ornithologist! As can

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An Unusual French Mirus Wood-Burning Stove

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An Unusual French Mirus Wood-Burning Stove

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I swept this unusual but rather attractive French Mirus Wood-Burning Stove very recently in a property in Mill Lane Saffron Walden. The stove is unusual in that the fuel is not loaded from the front, but from a side door. Looking on the web it

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Running Hares – Finchingfield/Stambourne

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Running Hares – Finchingfield/Stambourne

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Time for another thatched animals’ picture, I’ve not had one on the blog for sometime now! This time it’s running hares as opposed to the boxing hares I’ve posted previously. This picture was taken on a thatched cottage’s roof between Finchingfield and Stambourne; so very

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Something Unusual Found Up a Radwinter Flue & the Value of Power Sweeping

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Something Unusual Found Up a Radwinter Flue & the Value of Power Sweeping

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An unusual item literally for this weeks blog, something found up a flue which really shouldn’t have been there! The customer had asked me in to sweep the lined flue to her old Rayburn Range at a property in Radwinter. The customer reported that despite

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Large Yeoman County Multi-Fuel Stove Swept

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Large Yeoman County Multi-Fuel Stove Swept

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I recently swept this Yeoman County Multi-Fuel Stove with its rear flue and T-Piece. This and the smaller Exmoor Multi-Fuel Stove are unusual in the Yeoman Range in that they have a contemporary appearance with their large window to the firebox. This monster has a

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A Thatched Owl from Ashdon

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A Thatched Owl from Ashdon

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I haven’t included a thatched animal in the blog for some time now, so I thought I would present this example from a roof in Ashdon. Clearly, this is an owl, but what type? Is it a Barn owl, Tawney owl or Little owl? Yes, there are

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