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Hi Tracey,
Just to say thank you for looking after our three dogs Liesje, Frodo and Copain. They had never been in kennels before so we were apprehensive.
When we went to collect them it was a relief to see how comfortable they look with Tracey in their welcome site. No doubt they had a good stay.
We will never hesitate to recommend Bluebell Wood to others.

Diane and Dré
16150 Chabrac

Hi Tracey
Many thanks for giving Jelzie, Balou, Jazz and Sibi a wonderful weekend, they all came home and had their dinner and then promptly fell asleep! A lovely and peaceful evening for us. The weekend away from home did Sibi the world of good and boosted her self confidence and it was really great to see her so relaxed with you and, it seems, she would have been perfectly happy to have stayed with you for longer. So many thanks again because it truly does make going away so much more enjoyable knowing that the dogs are on holiday and having fun as well.

Lots of love and thanks from
Ron, Collette and four waggy tails x

Dear Tracey
I want to express my sincere gratitude to Tracey and Les for accomodating my dogs, expecially my cross-breed Alsacian Atlas, who cannot be in contact with any other dogs than his usual companion, Spoutnik. Thank you for taking such good care of them. You really took a thorn out of my side as my last experience of a dog shelter had left me with a pretty bad impression. You're the best! And I mean it.

Kindest regards,

Tracey looked after our two large and very lively dogs, Tilly and Vadrouille. They aren’t the easiest combination to look after, Tilly our beautiful Boxer is absolutely full of life and wants to play (sometimes a bit too vigorously!) all the time. Vadrouille our Grand Anglo Hound ex chasse rescue dog is a bit larger than your average dog and is extremely motivated by food! This was their first visit to Bluebell Wood and we (the human ‘we’) were a little apprehensive. However, our apprehension was totally unfounded. When we came to collect Vad & Tilly after a week, they were ‘all over’ Tracey who they’d obviously bonded with. As an owner, you can tell whether your dogs are happy and please believe us, our two were very very happy. It was very pleasing to see.

Interestingly, Tracey was able to describe the character traits of our two dogs as though she’d known them all their lives. We were very impressed and will most definitely be back. Please leave your dogs here with confidence.

Thank you Tracey for taking such good care of our two.

Lesley & Mark
Champagné le sec
March 2016

Dear Tracey,
We would like to say a really big 'thank you' for the very special care you took of Emma & Izzi this cold and wet January. Our dear Emma is 'getting on a bit' and we were worried she would miss her home comforts and being fussed and loved, but how wrong could we be, you loved and fussed her and let her take slow lovely walks, she came home completely unfazed and content! Izzi was as crazy and as lively as she always is, she had a wonderful time and was even a bit naughty at times we hear! Oh dear...!
Tracey, we cannot thank you enough for the peace of mind you give us, you listened so caringly when I told you about all their individual needs and funny ways, it is so obvious you just want to give them your total attention and care.

We will see you again very soon, thank you so much.
Gilly & Steve Dickinson

Hi Tracey,
Thank you so much again for looking after the dogs and for your attention and kindness especially to Inga who needed so much more than 'just a place to stay' for a couple of days, it is always so reassuring to know that the dogs are with you when we go away and that their holiday is as joyful and as much fun as ours! So a big, huge, enormous THANK YOU from all of us here.

With heartfelt thanks,
Collette, Ron, Inga, Jelzie, Bubu and Jazz xx

Hi Tracey,
Both Shadow and Sunshine, who are 4 year old brothers, have never been into kennels before. We decided to trial them overnight and were delighted with the welcome you gave them. They seemed really at home when we left them. Upon our return both dogs were full of beans, and seemed very settled, and were playing in the paddock. We are very pleased with the way you looked after our boys, and will certainly bring them back to your care when the opportunity arises. We have already recommended the kennels to a friend.

Pat and Ian Ferguson
87120 Eymoutiers, Haute Vienne

Dear Tracey,
Thank you so much for giving Happy and Oriane such a lovely holiday, they both looked in great condition when I collected them, and it was delightful to see how at ease they were with you.
As you know, it was their first time in kennels, so your reassuring and friendly emails put my mind at rest, especially as I was in the UK.
Your attention to their diets was much appreciated, they obviously had not gone off their food, judging by the bright eyes and shiny coats which greeted me through the bars of the entrance gate!!
I am very pleased to have found such professionally organised kennels, the 90 minutes journey is well worth the drive, as well as being handy for Bellegarde airport, along the new stretch of road.
My grateful thanks once again, they will return!!

Janet, Happy and Oriane, St Leonard Dr Noblat, Haute Viennese.

I would like to thank you for taking such good care of Benji whilst I was away. He obviously had a lovely holiday and still misses the friends he played with. I would have no hesitation in asking you to have him to stay again. It makes such a difference knowing I don't have to worry about him. Everything is well organised and you care a great deal for your 'guests'. Many thanks from us both!

Kind regards

Hi Tracey
Having had dogs for over 45 years, we have never had to place them in kennels. Thank goodness we found you in our hour of need.
Isabelle (GSD) a true 'wild child' typically vocal and I am afraid rather willful & strong, wasn't terribly happy to welcome us back - a testament to how happy she had been. Luka (AiredaleX) likewise was not upset at all. Bearing in mind we are at least his 4th home we were really worried he'd feel abandoned once again.
Tracey, you and your husband have to be congratulated for providing a truly individual home from home for our canine friends.
We really loved the 'end of term report' wonderful. Thank you so much.

Liz & Harry.
Abzac 16500

Thank you so much for looking after Becky. It was her first time in kennels and naturally we were a bit apprehensive but there was no need to worry. It seemed she had a great time with plenty of exercise which she loves and was very happy. She is looking forward to her next visit and we would not hesitate to recommend Bluebell Wood to others. Thank you once again Tracey.

Sue Á Mick Atkinson
87330 St Barbant, Haute Vienne

Hi Tracey
Just to say thank you for making my holiday with you special, I had a great time and I am looking forward to coming again.

Licks and Woofs,
Diane & Chris, Lanouaille.

Hi Tracey
I just wanted to say a big thank you to you both. The boys have come home in good health and very tired. I could see that they were happy in your kennels.
I'm so grateful to you both, and when and if I leave them again, I know who to call.

All the best.
Lisa & Rob Settle
PS boys send wet kisses xxxxxx

Tracey, thank you so much for taking care of Scala on her first time in kennels since we got her. It was such a relief to see her happy with you when we came to pick her up. You are certainly the most professional and caring of kennel owners that I have come across. I will certainly recommend you. Well worth the 3 hour trip to get to you.

Big thanks from Scala,
Claire & John, South Correze.

Just a quick note to say a big thank you for taking care of "Sunny" so well.
As it was his first experience in kennels, we were very apprehensive. What a needless worry. We collected an extremely happy dog after two weeks holiday, he obviously enjoyed his holiday as much as we enjoyed ours.
Will definitely recommend you to all our friends and acquaintances.

Thank You from Sunny and us.
Marilyn & Ben Gold

After using a previous kennel for our dog Frankie where we felt she was not getting very well looked after we were so happy to find Bluebell Wood Kennels. We live an hour & a half drive away but the journey is worth it! Our beloved Frankie was so well cared for, she was walked regular & had the freedom of the grounds surrounding the kennels to run around. When we went to collect her she was happy, her tail was wagging (a good sign) she looked comfortable with Tracey all in all a good welcoming site! I have no hesitation in recommending Bluebell Kennels & I have already booked more dates for the rest of the year!

Best wishes from a very happy Kristina & Ray
Peyrat Le Chateau 87470

Hi just to say thank you for looking after Beth so well. She was very well cared for and loved her stay with you. We will not hesitate to leave her with you again. It made us feel more relaxed about leaving her when we have to go away.

Many, many thanks.
Clare, Andy and Beth. St Maurice des Lions, 16500 Confolens

Just have to write and thank you both so much for taking such good care of the boys.
We always get so upset and feel guilty about leaving them but within a few minutes of talking to you when I dropped them off, as before, I have so much confidence in you both and the welcome is so warm that instantly the stress and worry is forgotton and I know they will be fine. It makes going away and leaving them so much easier.
Thank you also for the email replies during their stay which are always so reassuring.
It is obvious that they have had a great time and that they enjoy their little holidays with you because although they are really pleased to see me again they are still making a fuss of you both too and not at all in a hurry to leave!!
Will also try out your discipline tips Tracey with the rebel Vinnie which are also much appreciated.

Till next time, take care.
Love and best wishes
Julia and Sean Pritchard
St Junien

Our girls Emma & Izzi first came to you for a short stay in the warm of September last year when we had to go to the UK for a family wedding! They had a wonderful stay, playing outside in the warm fresh air, being able to run along your woodland path and being totally loved and cared for by you was wonderful for us, stress free in fact!
We hadn't planned or anticipated another trip to the UK so soon, but we had to go! Leaving our very spoilt dogs in the cold of Winter had me wondering how they would cope without the warmth and cosiness of our log-burner, especially our Breton Epagneul with her fine coat, our Lab loves the fire too but needed it less - But I need not have concerned myself, the girls were lovely and warm with the heat lamp in their kennel, their beds remained dry despite the wet weather and they were kept busy and happy - in fact all your boarding dogs appeared dry and happy, quite amazing!
Thank you Tracey for your exceptional care of our two girls, you really do have a special something when it comes to dogs, ours certainly love you!

Thank you again,
Gilly & Steve Dickinson
Emma & Izzi
19260 Affieux, Correze

Thank you so much for looking after our George for us. He was so obviously comfortable with you. We will certainly be asking you to care from him in the future, but maybe you could make him a little less welcome so that he is not so disappointed to come home with us.

See you soon
Shirley & Geoff.
(George sends lotsa licks)

Just a quick mail to say thank you for looking after our Susie so well this week, it's so nice to find a kennels that are as caring as you guys and put animals first rather than it just being a business.

Thank you once again
Dawn Whittle
Cruese 23

Thank you so much for taking such good care of Molly who, at 9 years of age has never been in a kennel before. You took great care of her and I thank you so much for that. She will be staying again early next year and I am sure she will enjoy herself just as much again.

Haute Vienne

We would just like to thank you for looking after Texan and Libby so well

Many thanks
Mel and Yvette Davies

Thank you so much for looking after Tegan. It was so obvious when we collected Tegan how much he loved you! You love all the dogs in your care that was plain to see. The kennels are lovely and clean

David & Yvonne
Oradour sur Vayres

Thank you for looking after Lotti and Herbie. When you make a permanent move to France there are many challenges to overcome and finding someone who you can trust with your dogs is one of those challenges. I am very pleased that, from the moment we met, I felt at ease with the way you interacted with Lotti and Herbie and they clearly felt comfortable being with you on your patch. When we left them with you for their first stay I felt a little nervous, but, knew that I could trust your judgement. I also liked how thorough you were in explaining the terms and conditions of Bluebell Wood. I think that asking your clients to complete a booking form from which you build up a history of the dog is a very good idea. When we collected the dogs they were happy and contented. I feel very lucky to have found you even if you are such a long way away from us! Thank you so much, Tracey,

Karen & Tim Blakemore

Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say again how happy and grateful we are that our girls had a wonderful stay with you - they haven't stopped talking about it and Izzi insists that she wasn't worried about a thing!! haha....It is a lovely feeling to know we have somewhere wonderful to send them and to someone who cares so much about dogs.
As I said we have no plans for another UK trip, but I know no matter how long it will be our girls will remember you and their holiday at Bluebells Kennels!

Steve & Gilly Dickinson
19260 Affieux

Hi Tracey
Just wanted to write and thank you for the wonderful care you gave Holly and Ace. We were quite apprehensive of having to leave them, especially with Ace being so old, having been so poorly recently and both dogs needing regular medication. It was fantastic to see them come out looking so bright and happy and in such gorgeous condition. Our old boy looked as though he'd been to a health spa for a fortnight! I'm sure they presented a challenge for you with one so elderly and deaf and the other so lively but you'd obviously spent a lot of time with them describing their personalities exactly. When we got home and unpacked the car ,Holly spent the rest of the afternoon in the back of car waiting, we're sure, for us to take her back to you!
We had a lovely time at our daughter's wedding and to see our dogs had been so well looked after when got back was the icing on the cake, we can't thank you enough.
We will certainly highly recommend you to anyone we can.

With grateful thanks.
Best wishes.
Alan and Clare Impey
near Mansle.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for looking after Haggis this week. Stephen told me how Haggis behaved when he arrived to pick him up, and that he kept going back to you aswell as saying hello to his dad! Which is obviously a sure sign that he loves you aswell!!!! This is the first time we've ever used kennels for any of our dogs and we know that he will be well looked after by you the next time we go away on holiday.

Anyway thank you again so very much


Nous étions stressés à l'idée de laisser en vacances nos deux toutous mais vous avez bien pris soin d'eux. Nous sommes très contents de vous. A bientôt.

Famille Calleau et Ferrer (Inca et Tomy), Confolens


It's a wonderful kennel - warm, homely and infinitely flexible when it comes to dates. No hesitation when leaving them with you - and we have had some bad experiences in the past! Many thanks once again for making the dogs so happy on their stay. It's always first class accomodation and first class attention. They send their love!

Jackie Yeoman, Payroux


Hi Tracey, Just a word to thank you so much for looking after Jack and Phoebe so well for us. I must admit that I was concerned about them being placed in kennels, Phoebe can be very nervous and Jack has already had a bad start in SPA kennels, but I needn't have worried! I was especially pleased to see Phoebe having a cuddle with you Tracey instead of leaping into our car to come home!
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to any other dogs owners, and I can't tell you how reassuring it is to have found someone we can trust should we both need to return to UK at the same time: we have always had to go separately because I wasn't happy with the local kennels, so thankyou again! I wish you every success with your business, you most certainly deserve it, and will no doubt see you again.

All best regards Sue Carver


Thank you so much for looking after Amber, Tank and Minnie it was a huge comfort to know they were in such good, kind and loving hands. Will not hesitate to recommend you should we know anyone in need of you.

Best wishes Andy & Ellen Sutton


I left my 2 French hunting terriers with Tracy these dogs have never been formally trained and have never been apart from me so I was a little worried. Upon collection the dogs were clearly content well fed and stress free. Tracy looked after them really well and I have no hesitation to recomend these kennels. Next time I will have no concerns, the dogs will be happy to go back,

Thank you Tracy


Firstly, thank you so much for taking such good care of Holly and George when we went away. They seemed to have really enjoyed themselves at Bluebell Wood and have wanted regular brushing ever since, so I assume you brushed them!

Best wishes,
Lucy & Simon
Perols sur Vezere (19)


Thank you Tracey for looking after my Boys so well. You understood their special needs and despite Terry's nervousness and Bobby's separation anxiety, they really enjoyed their time with you and returned to us happy and contented.

Steve & Vivienne Whittall
Dept 86 Luchapt.


Thank you for looking after Bracken and Faby last month. We were really happy with the accommodation and the care and attention given to them. We will certainly use Bluebell Wood Kennels again and would have no hesitation in recommending you to others.

Mike and Irene Smith


Max,Milly & Bertie really enjoyed staying with you and they came home very happy after all the walks and fun you provided. We look forward to bringing them again.

Julie & Gary Penman


Our dogs Tia (9yrs) and Ty (7yrs) had never stayed in kennels before, until we had to return to the UK for a family wedding, needless to say we were worried about leaving them.
However, our fears soon disappeared once we met Tracey and saw the Bluebell set up. Our dogs immediately warmed to Tracey and it was soon very obvious, that she knew what dogs were all about.
On our return we were met by two very happy dogs, who were more interested in playing with Tracey than with us! A big thank you to Tracey and Bluebell for looking after our pooches. We would definitely use again and recommend to all.

Thank you and kind regards


We were worried about leaving Wolfie are seven month old Jack Russell for a night and a day but he seems to have realy enjoyed himself so we will be happy for him to return.

Tony & Wendy Graham


Hi Tracey
You were kind and understanding in allaying my fears of leaving my dogs in kennels.
My German Shepherd and Leonberger were with you for a fortnight and I arrived to collect them to find them in fine form, at exactly the same weight I left them, which means they were obviously happy in the environment, having had great walks and been really well looked after.
I would not hesitate to ask you to have them again. It is nice to know that my dogs can come to you and be safe, have fun and stimulating exercise and clearly be settled whilst I was away.
I know you take great care in the individual needs of each dog and that level of service is rare these days.

Many thanks again,

Hi Tracey
We just wanted to thank you all for taking such great care of our collies Cassie & Charlie. Although they haven't been in kennels for a few years we couldn't have chosen a better 'holiday home' for them! It is the first time ever that they haven't wanted to jump straight in the car and head for home! Charlie sulked for most of the evening, I think he missed all the extra love, attention and freedom of your lovely environment. We certainly would not hesitate to bring them back for their next holiday. See you next year

Kind regards
Graham & Jan Craft

Our Epagneul Breton, Ollie, is three years old and had never been in kennels before. After a few viewings of local kennels, we took a friend's advice and had a look at Bluebell Wood. Straight away we could see that Tracey had the right approach so we booked Ollie in. I was still very nervous - would he eat, would he pine away waiting for our return? No such thing.
He seems to have thoroughly enjoyed the change of scene, meeting new friends and playmates. He even seemed a bit disappointed to have to leave. We would not hesitate to leave him with Tracey and Les again and are sure Ollie is looking forward to his next visit


Martin enjoyed his holiday with you and his doggy friends (especially Skippy). We don't like having Martin away from us but whenever we do we know he will be well-looked after and have a good time. Thanks once again.

Ian Moore

We wanted to say thank you for the superb attention you gave Pablo and Skye in their recent, and first, stay with you. We have never got them back from kennels before without having to wash them so this was a first! They clearly looked happy and contented and we have had no peace since from Pablo's frisbie - I think he has been spoilt with all the attention you clearly gave them!!

Kath and Mark

Thank you for looking after Tilly so well - I have never liked the idea of Kennels but when I see Tilly excitied about arriving at your place, its clear that she is happy and you look after her really well - this gives me great peace of mind.


Thank you so much for having Ben and Sammie. They had a wonderful time, and came back healthy and happy. I was very impressed by the standard of care they had while at Bluebell wood . The space to play in, the walks and the cleanliness and loving care are excellent, and the time you took to talk to me afterwards about their stay, this was very kind. They are looking forward very much to their next holiday with you in July.


Thank you so much for taking such good care of Rio. We know she is not the easiest of dogs to cope with but you showed genuine care, understanding & knowledge of her needs. When we arrived to pick her up (after 8 days), we were amazed to see her so settled and obviously happy. Rio was in tip-top condition and even though we live 90 minutes away in the Charente Maritime, we will not hesitate to board her here again.

Once again, thank you Richard & Janice Holden

We were very worried about leaving Candy in kennels for the first time at 7 years old, our fears turned out to be needless, we retuned after 3 weeks and our lovely pup had obviously had a great time in the safe care of Tracey & Les, its a super place with loads of space and woodland walks, a home from home,thoroughly recommended,

Candy, Geoff & Angela Henderson, La Bourliauderie, Nr Civray

recommended kennelThanks you so much to all at Bluebell Kennels for looking after our Staffy Hector (pictured). We found the kennels very homely and was meet by the lovely kind Tracey who obviously adores dogs. Straight away we could see that our dog who had never been in a kennel before at 5 years old was going to be well looked after. Hector looked very comfortable there from the start and everything seems to be well organized and all the dogs looked very happy to be there. The surroundings are nice and safe for dogs which is always a worry for an owner of a Staffs as they are always the first to get the blame if anything goes wrong but we knew he was in safe hands and we didn't go away worrying.
We try and have holidays where we can take Hector with us but on any occasion when we can't take him we will certainly use your kennels again.

Many thanks for having him.
Sandie, Kim & Hector

Hi Tracey, just wanted to thank you so much for looking after FUDGE in my hour of need. He looks very fit and happy. Sorry I didn't come to pick him up this morning but my shoulder is agony. Will keep in touch.

Thanks again,
Kind Regards Sue, Nigel and Fudge. Saulgond.

Bluebell Wood Kennels took care of my dog, recently and I would recommend that if you want a clean and spacious place for your dog to stay and play then Tracey and Les will look after your animals with exactly the same amount of love you give them. I can leave my dog there with absolute confidence that he will be cared for and looked after properly.

Laura, Chaillac Sur Vienne

I really enjoyed my stay with Tracey and Les at Bluebell Wood, I had my own clean, spacious and warm kennel, I was taken out for lovely walks and had a huge secure garden to run about in, I could listen to the radio all day so I never felt scared and Tracey and Les came to see me lots through the day to check I was ok. Even when I was a little bit poorly Tracey took me to the vets straight away and really looked after me and gave me lots of cuddles. I love going to Bluebell Wood Kennels.

Dillon the Dalmatian, Chailliac Sur Vienne

It was the first time for our 2 Teckels to stay at Bluebell Wood kennels but it won't be the last ! Although a short stay it coincided with freezing conditions and snow just to add to our concerns for the girls on the first stay away. But all was well and Tracey allayed any fears we had admirably. The excitement in seeing us again was of course wonderful but for Abigael it was hello Mum and oh, wait a minute a lick for Tracey and by the way can I please see who is next door to me ,woof, woof .

Thanks to you both
Barry and Pauline, L'isle Jourdain

Hi Tracey and Les,
Just a quick note to say a BIG thank you for taking care of Harley for us. Especially, for your kind attention to him when he was poorly.
We hope to come to the sponsored walk on 5th December so look forward to seeing you again then. In the meantime, I'm doing a "sun dance" for you to ward off all this wet weather. Every time I dry Harley off when he comes in from the garden, I think of you with all those extra paws to clean!!

Take care
Jula, Sean and Harley.


Boris and Lottie had a fab time on their holidays with you-thank you for the great care and attention..I will never fret again when I have to leave them ! They send giant woofs and wags to you.Thanks again, and will recommend you to everyone

Pauline and Mike


Hello Tracey,
Thank you so much for looking after Finn & Frodo so wonderfully! This is the first time either of them have been in kennels, and they both seem to have enjoyed it enormously!

Thank you again, Dorothy


We can honestly say that your kennels is the best that Daisy, or any of our previous dogs, have stayed at, both here in France and in the UK. The level of care was above compare. The most important feature was the area where the dogs can run free, rather than having to be walked on leads all the time. A very big thank you from Daisy, Ann and me.

Peter Clarke - Cherves Chatelars


Hi Tracy, a great big thank you from Etian for looking after him so well while we were away. He has had such a good time having lots of walks and lots of fun especially playing in the water. You and your husband are the most caring couple and we would highly recommend you to anyone who wants there dogs well looked after. Thank you so much and and even bigger thank you from Etien.

Graham and Christine


Ne pouvant vous joindre sur votre site, je vous adresse ce mail afin de vous dire toute ma satisfaction concernant la garde de mes chiens. La dernière fois, quand nous vous les avons amenés, ils nous ont presque ignorés à la descente du véhicule et de retour à la maison ils n'ont pas boudé
Nous vous souhaitons de bonnes vacances

Blanc Bernard


"I am the owner of a small kennel of high-quality show and working whippets. I pay great attention to detail in their breeding, training and nutritional requirements, and I am amply rewarded by their results in the show ring, on the track and on the lure-coursing field. All are Champions.

After searching throughout the Vienne and the Haute Vienne for suitable boarding kennels for over three years, I was delighted to learn of the newly-opened kennels run by Tracey and Les MacLennan. Just one visit was enough to convince me that I had at last found somewhere where I could safely leave my "pack" whenever the need arises. The care and love is second to none, and all my whippets now greet Tracey as a true friend. Need I say more?"

Lizzie Gill

whippets whippet


Just to say thank you Tracey, to you and Les for looking after Roche and Binka so well whilst we were away. After bad experiences in the past both here in France and in the UK we have always been loathe to leave our dogs in kennels even for a short time . We had put off going to visit our daughter in Australia as we were worried about leaving the terrible two for so long, but once we met Tracey we felt that we could start planning our trip. We have just returned home from collecting them and even though the dogs were pleased to see us, it was obvious that they had enjoyed their stay at Bluebell Wood. It may have been a 90 minute drive but it was well worth it.
Once again a big thank you and I'm sure you will see more of Roche and Binka in the future!

Chris and Andy Wilson, Belabre, Indre.


First time in kennels for our 4 border collie crosses. Tracey was wonderful with them, getting to know them, and their little peculiarities straight away. When we picked them up after their 5 day stay, during some rather wet and wintery weather, I was delighted to find them all in excellent spirits. They were dry, clean and happy, moreover, so were their beds.
The best thing though was when Scooby, our most sensitve dog, (a real mummy's boy!) came bounding up to us, to say hello, staying just long enough for a cuddle, before running back to his "new friend" Tracey.
So thank you Tracey for caring.

Wendy & Clive Masters - Vayres

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