6.05 November 1988

I sat in the living room in my military house, a little boy my Son sat on my knee and we had beans and Sausage in tomato sauce. His cup of tea was in his little plastic mug, I told him that I was waiting for the phone to ring because his mummy was having our baby. We didn’t know if it was a Boy or Girl.

The time went so slow the car ready to make our journey, Daniel 18 month old not knowing he would have a little brother os sister to play with. We waited patiently 🙏 😌 both tired up all night We drifted off to sleep on our army settee.

The Guardroom corporal rang me with an early call I had booked the day before, me and Daniel went and sat in the Engine room of the camp that operated through the night 🌙. The phone rang sometime after 6 and a Lady said she was from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital 🏥 in Aldershot.

Hello Sergeant Blackburn who have a Little Girl born at 6.05 weighing 6lb 8oz. The Nissan Bluebird made its way along dark country lanes just missing a deer as we drove in a haze, my thoughts racing and excitement 😀. We arrived and a Nurse in White Maroon and wearing a headress like an old war film I had seen, met me at the door.

Me and Daniel walked in and we saw his Sister and my Daughter for the first time. She was handed to me and the Little Girl fitted in the palm of my hand.

It was what I had prayed for and I had a name for her 12 months earlier. She would be named Kerry Louise Blackburn. Her journey had started she would see the world with her brother as the family would serve alongside me support me were ever I went.

Since that morning 32 years ago I phone or send a message every year at 6.05 saying Happy Birthday.

Kerry Louise xx

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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