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I love it here but it's just too big now that my daughter has got her own place and is flying the nest.
After flying the nest to start a family of her own, Sally worked for years at Johnson's dry cleaners and has fond memories of the friends she made there.
AFTER nearly 30 years leading the 10th Kenilworth Brownie Pack, Brown Owl Sandra Bromley is flying the nest.