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barn owl on fence post.

By NeilWigan
Have just finished fitting a new sink in the bathroom so am having a break.I have been appologising lately for being hit and miss but after finishing the concreting job at work i was going to have a break but on coming home Joan told me the boiler had been playing up on the hot water supply side it was thirteen years old so we decided to replace it ,then she decided that i could move it downstairs ,then she decided i could rip out the built in sink unit from the bathroom and replace it with a nice pedistal .22 mm copper pipe now costs £5-£6 per meter so i decided to shut down the system remove all the old piping and reuse it ,that left us with out hot water ,heating,sink and shower ,not bad now but two weeks back it was freezing.Anyway everything is up and running now, new combi boiler is a beauty 32k and loads of almost instant hot water with a high flow rate,saved a couple of hundred pounds on copper pipe and joints but doubled the work for me. Just the boxing in and cupboard building to do now and relaying the floor upstairs and reinsulating the loft spaces,all part of lifes rich tapestry,at least we can have a shower in between now.Keep well thanks for looking ,Neil Joan and Charlotte.

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morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 4:50PM
Superb shot Neil, fantastic detail and colours.


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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 4:57PM
fantastic detail neil wonderful detail and tones a belter nice one Wink
mwoods 13 21 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 4:59PM
Wow, Neil...GREAT shot! Informative post regarding boilers into the bargain!

MattB1987 6 458 England
29 May 2012 5:03PM
Absolutely stunning, amazing polished shot!
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 5:05PM
Fantastic image Neil.
29 May 2012 5:37PM
A stunning capture it. I've just had nearly two weeks having a bath in the kitchen sinkGrin, I was glad to see the back of the builders.

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 5:41PM
Composition against that wonderful sky and the feather detail, everything I wish I had captured Neil - a brilliiant image - Carole
luckybry 8 3 Scotland
29 May 2012 5:43PM
had to award this grt work
55jase 12 188 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 5:49PM
WOW> superb.
moiral 8 12 Scotland
29 May 2012 5:53PM
First class shot Neil, well worth the wait. I do not see any jesses on the legs, so take it this is a wild owl. All the more amazing if it is.
I got the workmen to do my boiler Grin. Otherwise, he would have decided to rebuild the house into the bargain. Plus the fact there would have been shots of me sailing down the hill as he would have flooded the joint!
Anna_W 6 1 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 6:00PM
A really first class image of this beautiful bird - the detail in the feathers is amazing. Learned a lot about boilers from your write-up into the bargain, so thanks for that Smile
nikshot 9 9 1 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 6:01PM
What an absolute snorter Neil, superb work.
I feel for you, knowing all to well what a job like that entails. Old copper is such a pain to clean up.

All the best, and hope you are all keeping well.

SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 6:08PM
Brilliant shot.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
29 May 2012 6:13PM
Superb mate. - gary
29 May 2012 6:32PM
Excellent Neil a real winner superb capture, know the feeling i installed the central heating here over three floor's not funny saved a fortune!!!

29 May 2012 6:45PM
A lovely image Neil, I like this VERY much.

John Smile
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
29 May 2012 6:56PM
Wonderful capture,Neil,very well done,
29 May 2012 6:57PM
Ditto as to the others comments, that is a shot I wish I could capture, well done.
so hansom great shot Grin
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 7:34PM
What an excellent shot Neil. Cracking detail, colour and composition.
Thanks for best wishes re my eyes.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
29 May 2012 8:38PM
Torn between saying what a stunning image this is and being stunned by the work you have undertaken at home! Wow. Wish you were here Grin

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
29 May 2012 8:57PM
You have been very busy elsewhere but this has not deterred you from capturing one of the best shots of a perched owl, Neil.
Looking straight down the lens too.
They really don't come much better than this.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 9:44PM
Well Neil, after seeing this outstanding image..will not post mine on for awhile...
this is superb
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 10:18PM
bun Smile
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 10:19PM
Glad its all sorted. What a great pic. paul
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
29 May 2012 10:44PM
Great shot Neil. Glad to read you have sorted your boiler problem.
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
29 May 2012 11:08PM
Flippin heck ,thank you all very much for your clicks and comments,and special thanks to Carol ,Bryan,Moira ,Nick and Ronnie for the awards,i am really chuffed to get those from such esteemed photographers. Neil.
Source 7
29 May 2012 11:11PM
A stunning capture.Beautiful detail
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 11:16PM
This is simply wonderful, Neil, and I am so pleased to see all those awards.
I've just had a new boiler fitted, and it's so much more quiet than the old one.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
29 May 2012 11:51PM
Super shot Neil.
And a good boiler is worth its weight in gold.
I have been tempted to get a new one,
but have decided just to keep my wife !!
phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
30 May 2012 12:27AM
Superb Neil.....Phil
Jocelia 7 2 1 Australia
30 May 2012 8:21AM
Maintenance jobs that never end eh Neil. Your capture of this Owl
is superb, just love it.
We don't need boilers here in Oz, we are on Solar anyway. Make a great
deal of difference…….

mex 10 27 3 United Kingdom
30 May 2012 9:04AM
Its a cracker neil.
cheers phil.
30 May 2012 8:24PM
Its superb Neil,brilliant image..Lin
panda 14 5 1 England
31 May 2012 3:41PM
Come on Neil, no slacking LOL. Seriously superb image.

Regards Phil
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
31 May 2012 4:54PM
Crisp details and a good composition

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 8:25PM
Such an impressive shot! Very good work... IB
Ayoob 7 Australia
3 Jun 2012 1:05AM
What beautiful shot u got here, Neil-brilliant clarity and very good detailing.....Grin
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2012 1:48AM
Just perfect!
podgod 14 513 3 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2012 10:26AM
Not much more I can add, other than Gumby.
Stunning shot Neil this is the best barn owl shot that as been on ephotozine
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
3 Jun 2012 8:22PM
An outstanding portrait of this beautiful bird Neil, you've really excelled yourself here, one of your very best mate, Ed
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2012 9:29PM
Cracking shot of this beautiful bird. Well done Neil!
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
3 Jun 2012 11:09PM
An amazing capture Neil,stunning at first glance in thumbnial only to become a joy on opening large,,brilliant,

great shot neil,well captured indeed.ray
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
4 Jun 2012 1:54PM
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
5 Jun 2012 4:23AM
I don't think I've ever seen an upload with so many UA's Neil, congratulations are certainly in order, not only for that, but in the fact they are so well deserved, maybe goes a wee bit to rewarding you for all your hard work, by the way you're being robbed with the price for copper pipe over there, nothing like that here, will check and let you know later!
Rgds., Jim
ourdayphotos 6 229 Scotland
10 Jun 2012 2:40PM
Great pic.
3 Aug 2012 10:12AM

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