The quietness of the morning was shattered by the rattle of the letter box and the thud and shuffle letters landing behind the front door onto the floor. In days gone by when I ran my own business my heart would sink as another load of bills, reminders, and demands and final demands for payment of this and that arrived at the household. Gingerly I would open them, " We wish to inform you that your account has been placed on STOP subject to payment of (HOW MUCH?) which is now three month overdue, further more our solicitors have been advised............... etc. etc. I would scramble through the letters in the vein hope that someone had actually paid me. Thankfully those days are long gone, so now when the post is delivered, after sifting through the junk every so often a rather nice letter arrives.
Today Thursday March 8th was one of those days.
To start at the beginning I must take you back to June 2011 when out of the blue I received a phone call from a print designer, he sounded a bit hairy fairy and quite frankly I thought he was smoking something, but the gist of his call was that he required a few images of a Dartford warbler and he had seen just what he was looking for on my web site. The job was for the National Trust, and he assured me he would be back in touch. Well you know I waited and waited, and waited some more then I forgot all about it, then in November 2011 I received a phone call from the National Trust in Swindon, "I believe Peter has been in touch with you about some photos of the Dartford warbler, well we are ready to go to press and are really desperate for them, deadlines and all that, could you sort us out pronto, such dynamism I thought.
Well that was that, until the post arrived this morning where together the junk mail I received a copy of a small fold up pamphlet of the outdoor guide to Dunwich Heath. I must say that it is very well produced and my photos of the Dartford warbler are contained within it. Strange to think though that the N.T. don't have stock photos of its most popular resident bird with forty breeding pairs on site.
The photos were taken when a lone male ventured to one of it's more northerly points in England.....so for these to be used for Dunwich Heath is rather like taking coal to Newcastle, but there again I'm not complaining.
The two images used in the pamphlet.