Hello I’m Liz Zorab and this is Byther Farm and today I’m going to make a scarecrow. This video is part of a collaboration started by Angela over at Practical
Modern Homestead and if you aren’t familiar with her channel, I’ll leave a
link above and in the description. And her collaboration is a celebration
of scarecrows! For the last couple of weeks I’ve been thinking I’d quite like to
have a scarecrow out here, not because I necessarily think that they work, but
they can be quite attractive and they are a bit of fun. And the other thing I
would like is to start some topiary, so that’s the art of clipping a hedge or a
plant into the shape of something. And I wondered if there was a way to combine
the two, a scarecrow and some topiary. So that’s what I’m going to try and do.
Don’t judge me on this, I have a friend here. So this is a metal
frame of a, I would like to say it’s like a dressmakers dummy, but it’s not, it’s
just an ornament. And there’s a stand that goes with it. So I can fix her onto
the stand and to start with she’s going to become my scarecrow
and then I’m going to get a standard box tree – so a stem probably going to be
about 50 centimetres high before there is any leaf growth on the top of it.
Anyway that will go into the main body bit here and over the years hopefully it
will grow to fill this and I can clip it to the shape of this frame. And then I will have a topiary scarecrow, girly, thing! So first step is to get this
put together. Given how many years I’ve had this thing, which is about
nine or ten years, I’ve never used it in the house, I’ve just carted it with me
from place to place as I’ve moved, thinking eventually one day I’ll use it.
Well here we go. But I’m really surprised I’ve still got the fixings,
which makes me rather pleased that I’ve still got them. So, hopefully, hopefully
I’ve got the right bits for this and hopefully also I won’t drop it and from
memory (says she being beaten around the head by it), from memory and you put
these in from the underneath. Perhaps I’ll start them off,
I do the sensible thing, start them off – Ha!! Okay so no prizes for realizing I didn’t
get anything any exams in technical design type thing at college. I’m not, well I think you know that from
watching my my carpentry skills, that I’m not terribly good with putting things
together. But let’s give that a go see if that works at all. So that’s one, see if I can get the other
one in. Okay, so the bit that I cut out was the number of times I tried putting
it together and it fell over or the bits fell apart or I dropped the the bolt
because that was a bit embarrassing, so we fast forwarded about 20 minutes for
me to work out how to do this. I think that’s as tight as it will do. Okay so
here she is, next thing I do need to do is give her some arms and a hat and some
feet or some legs. So I’m going to use, I think a piece of stick to go through for
her arms. I need to find her an old hat and she could have some wellies as feet
and legs. I realize this isn’t your beautiful stuffed scarecrow as normal,
but I thought this would make a nice change and would also allow me to start
my topiary project. Here’s the stick that I think I’m going
to try using for her arms. Hopefully that would sit in there, it’s not going to sit
up so she might have to have arms going down. And I’ll get I think I’ll put kids
mittens, padded mittens on the end to protect eyes. I’ll go and get those. So grandchildren’s gloves that they no longer use and they will get new ones
this winter. So I can tie these into place. That’s looking good. And I’m going to give her some legs by
suspending wellies down here, that move and swing in the winds and hopefully
that will help detract some of the birds. So here goes for wellies. Right then young
lady, are you ready to have some boots? I’m pretty pleased with this so far. And the last thing she needs is a hat, so she’s going to have my my old sun hat. I
do love this hat, but it’s got chicken poop on it and it’s kind of falling
apart and I’ve moved over to slightly less glamorous and more practical hats
now. So let’s fix this on. Okay that worked better than I expected it to! So now she has a hat. I don’t think
that that’s going anywhere, it will blow that way, it can blow in every direction
but I don’t think that’s going to come off It’s secured at the back and at the sides here. So I’ve just
got the one boot which is facing in the wrong direction that I’d quite like to get
sorted out and then I need to get her in place. Well this is definitely the most
fun I’ve had today! So I’m going to call her Doris because I think Doris is a
very good name for a scarecrow. And I would like you to meet my new friend Doris. And the final part of this collaboration is to nominate and tagsome other channels to join in and so Erica at Erica’s Little Welsh Garden and
Jane Kelly, it’s your turn to make a scarecrow! And so wherever you are in the
world and whatever you’ve got planned for today we hope it’s a good one
I also hope you’ll join us again next. Say goodbye then!

Making A Simple Scarecrow (Collab with Practical Modern Homestead)

61 thoughts on “Making A Simple Scarecrow (Collab with Practical Modern Homestead)

  • May 9, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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    If you've enjoyed this video, you may also like these https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa6906pLM92ly3mHQEj0bZJ9sc7b7Co5-

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  • May 9, 2019 at 1:08 pm
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    Haha, no pressure then! πŸ˜‚ Can't wait to join in

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  • May 9, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    Lovely scarecrow
    Would love to have her in my garden
    I enjoy all your videos and bright smile
    Love from Missouri

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  • May 9, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    Put pie tins on strings on the scarecrow and it will keep birds away better! πŸ‘

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  • May 9, 2019 at 1:32 pm
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    Well done Liz shes a beauty. Love the scarecrow build , look forward to the others. My one has a 6 pack and my old jeans and top. Great giggle makjng them.

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  • May 9, 2019 at 1:32 pm
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    So glad you have a female scarecrow. Doris is awesome. I love that she's going to be a frame for a plant. The frame is beautiful. Great video liz. πŸ‘—πŸ‘œπŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘

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  • May 9, 2019 at 2:01 pm
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    Ha Ha. I needed a good chuckle today!!! Love you and your scare crowess.

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  • May 9, 2019 at 2:02 pm
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    she is darling…..good job

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  • May 9, 2019 at 2:02 pm
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    Oh Liz, your garden is looking amazing.

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  • May 9, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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    Lol! Great idea!

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  • May 9, 2019 at 2:06 pm
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    Liz, you clever Gal.Β  I LOVE your scarecrow, especially that it is a work in progress over time.Β  ;-}

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  • May 9, 2019 at 2:08 pm
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    Good afternoon from sunny Bolton and hello oooooo Doris πŸ‘Œ

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  • May 9, 2019 at 2:13 pm
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    excellent idea Liz! Going to look great when the plants get formed over it.

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  • May 9, 2019 at 2:23 pm
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    Great Job, Liz! Can’t wait to see her grown out.

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  • May 9, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Fantastic Doris! Well done Liz, she looks great and good luck with the topiary part πŸ™‚

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  • May 9, 2019 at 2:34 pm
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    What a fun way to start the day! Now, I must get one of those forms, and build my own lady acarecrow! Thanks for a great laugh!!!

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  • May 9, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    Well done Liz. Doris looks a bit like a Blemmyes with her face in her chest. Hmm Doris, Remember Why Don't You? Can't be stripy wellies it had to be socks (and you had to be wearing them).
    (wanders off singing "if it wasne for yer wellies where would ye be")

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  • May 9, 2019 at 2:47 pm
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    Hello Doris! Nice to meet you!

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  • May 9, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    All Doris needs is some ducks at her feet! LOL Good use of an item that you weren't sure what to do with. I'll keep watching to see her dress come together.

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  • May 9, 2019 at 2:53 pm
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    Brilliant! πŸ˜‚

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  • May 9, 2019 at 3:00 pm
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    Oh I love Doris! A brilliant and gorgeous bit of recycling there Liz x 😊🌱

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  • May 9, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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    Thank you Liz, you made me chuckle. And what an elegant scarecrow you will have. Posh frock, mittens and wellies. 😁

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  • May 9, 2019 at 4:25 pm
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    Cute!

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  • May 9, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    Great girl power scare crow box will be ace

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  • May 9, 2019 at 4:55 pm
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    Doris is delightful! Love that you chose a glamorous girl scarecrow. it will be fun to watch the topiary develop and hide her invisible knickers!

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  • May 9, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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    Liz you have inspired me to try something similar at our community garden

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  • May 9, 2019 at 8:09 pm
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    Liz could i suggest yew instead of box.this way you wont have to worry about box blight which will kill the plant

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  • May 9, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    This video has really brightened my day! What a brilliant scarecrow πŸ˜€

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  • May 9, 2019 at 8:28 pm
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    lol love it Liz made me laugh I love the name Doris my last nana was called Doris! πŸ™‚

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  • May 9, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    Doris will sure add a bit of character to your garden even though she doesn’t look very scarey. Looking forward to see what Erica & Jane come up with πŸ˜„

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  • May 9, 2019 at 9:10 pm
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    mike tyson in drag. love it, liz. lol. …………………brian

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  • May 9, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    Ha ha – she's fantastic Liz! Better get my thinking hat on!

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  • May 9, 2019 at 10:04 pm
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    Loved this video, so much fun, very creative. Welcome Doris😁

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  • May 9, 2019 at 10:22 pm
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    I think I dated Doris back in the 80's! She looks very familiar! LOL.

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  • May 9, 2019 at 10:24 pm
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    Love Doris, that was my grandmothers name. I have all the fix’ins for several scarecrows. Will let our cottage guests make some this summer. πŸ’–βœ¨

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  • May 9, 2019 at 11:02 pm
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    How precious! Love it! Very creative, Liz! Can't wait to see her grow up!

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  • May 10, 2019 at 12:26 am
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    What a fun video! I laughed out loud at the chicken poop on the hat comment. Great creativity, thanks so much for sharing.

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  • May 10, 2019 at 12:29 am
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    Thank for brighting up my day, will enjoy watching Doris growβœ΄οΈπŸ’–

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  • May 10, 2019 at 12:30 am
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    Nice to make your acquaintance Doris!! πŸ˜‰

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  • May 10, 2019 at 1:04 am
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    Liz, You are so creative. I just love it! I look forward to watching Doris grow into a beautiful topiary. I really enjoy your channel. Thank you for sharing. Best, Francine

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  • May 10, 2019 at 2:33 am
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    Well I just love Doris!

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  • May 10, 2019 at 3:01 am
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    You clever girl! Nice to meet Doris. 😊

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  • May 10, 2019 at 4:48 am
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    That is so funny !! Love your scarecrow … Hope she has drainage for her boots ..or she may become a bit foot heavy after a good rain ..LOL

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  • May 10, 2019 at 5:01 am
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    Doris is absolutely lovely, Liz. I have added you video to the playlist. Thank you so much for joining in the collaboration! I am so glad you had such fun with it!

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  • May 10, 2019 at 5:44 am
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    Oh she’s going to be fun, you’ll be able to chat with her as you’re working. 😊 You’re looking very well at the moment, the season suits you.

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  • May 10, 2019 at 6:15 am
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    Its been a few years since I made my last scarecrow..this has inspired me to have a go this year…What brilliant use of a stored item.

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  • May 10, 2019 at 9:04 am
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    Looks like you had fun Liz. With her arms out like that, Doris reminds me of that scene in The Sounds of Music on the hills ! Her second name could be Maria !

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  • May 10, 2019 at 9:49 am
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    Nice job. Looking great
    πŸ₯”πŸ₯•πŸŒ»πŸŒ±Happy Growing🌱🌻πŸ₯•πŸ₯”

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  • May 10, 2019 at 11:41 am
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    Oh she is going to be the hit of the garden! Love your idea!

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  • May 10, 2019 at 12:16 pm
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    I totally love your scarecrow!!! Will rosemary grow tall enough to fill her?? It grows so quickly and she'd smell amazing! (just wondering). Looking at the grasses behind you Liz, I want to put them in your hat for some flowing hair!LOL What a fun project and really unique idea!! All the best my friend!!πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—~Chris

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  • May 10, 2019 at 1:44 pm
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    Liz I just love Doris and she's wearing a hat like I keep for weddings. I,ll probably never wear it . It stays in a hat box. I thought I might keep it for a sun hat for Cyprus but it,s a bit pretentious for that so it sits in its, box in Pontypridd. They never wear hats at weddings in Cyprus so there we have it. It,s sad.
    Your video was great fun.
    Elderflower champagne! My grandmother always stopped the fermentation process so we had elderflower lemonade or that's what we called it. We never suffered with chest infections or colds as children as we drank so much of it. Every time I watch your videos I remember something good about my childhood. My lettuces in my pot are coming allong and I have 3 flowers on my tomato plant. I looked up Tony's video on tomatoes from last year and he told me to keep tuned as he is making a new one soon.
    I think my spinach is starting to sprout .I hope they aren't weeds. My mint is still alive and my petunias are wonderful so I,m a happy lady.
    Thanks for sharing with us . You are teaching me lots. Love Margaret

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  • May 10, 2019 at 6:51 pm
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    It won’t work humans need to have a phone in their hand to fool birds

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  • May 10, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    I love it, so much fun!πŸ’•πŸ‘

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  • May 10, 2019 at 11:31 pm
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    They have Styrofoam wig holders that make great heads. You sometimes came find them in thrift stores. I have deer so I think a scarecrow is a great idea.

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  • May 11, 2019 at 4:13 am
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    I love this idea!

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  • May 11, 2019 at 11:32 am
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    lovely update Liz blessing in sharing and making these

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  • May 13, 2019 at 9:54 pm
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    Nice video liz

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  • May 13, 2019 at 11:21 pm
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    Hi Liz. Just subbed.

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  • May 14, 2019 at 1:07 am
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    Scarecrows usually have something that flaps in the wind a bit to frighten birds. She is lovely but a nice apron with a bib on top would be pretty and flappy.

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  • May 14, 2019 at 10:44 pm
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    Your fantastic.

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  • May 29, 2019 at 5:14 pm
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    great idea, topiary scarecrow will look amazing and you'l get job satisfaction as well

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