by AnneWareham on June 6, 2014

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We just bought a new seat .

 Early June, Veddw, Copyright Anne Wareham

Assembly begins

And put it together. (both of us – would have been impossible alone – but I took the picture so you can’t see me slaving away.)

We’ve always wanted a seat in the meadow, but there never seemed to be the right place. [ more..]

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