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If experience stifles thought, let us pursue the unexpected

Last weekend I tested my car with a journey to rural Wiltshire. I was fortunate, having travelled hopefully, that it was even better to arrive, in this case at a listed 14th-century cruck-frame house located in a combe - 'a deep little wooded valley' (Chambers Dictionary).The building was full of the stuff of everyday life, including structural timbers charred by ancient open fires and 14 new windows.Fourteen was a significant number to my hosts, who had experienced considerable difficulties ...

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