“It’s very hard,” said Sylvester as I leaned forward. He held my hips firmly, as I struggled.

“If I stand on tip toes,” I said concentrating, and leaning forward. “I can just about get it all in.”

It almost took my breath away and I said to Sylvester, “That’s an enormous pecker!”

Stretching as far as I could I managed to just about get the beautiful bird to fit the entire frame, using the long lens on the camera Bernard had leant me to try out.

“The wood peckers are always in my garden at this time of year,” Sylvester told me, as I clicked off a few frames. “They’re funny guys,” continued Sylvester. “The dark ones are even bigger.”

“Really,” I mused. “I never saw any this big in Asia when I went on that trip last year.”

However, that’s not the main reason I’m writing to you this morning. As I get ready for the company Christmas party next week, I thought I should remind those of you who enjoy my emails that my Little Black Book is a wonderful way to make a few new friends over the Christmas period. If you’re not already a member perhaps you might want to think about it. Learn more about My Little Black Book here.

And don’t forget, there’s a fun shopping list on my website, and I am always looking for great ideas to add to it. There are lot’s of places to add comments and I value every one… Except that one from Billy Bob in Tallahassee, Florida. I’m pretty sure that if I did that I’d pretty quickly get a call from Shania Twain’s lawyers.

Does anyone have a suggestion of what I should give Sylvester, my mechanic, for Christmas? I’m sure you can think of something.

Have a great week.



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