Getting the bird

First, another amusing tale by Tallis Steelyard of Maljie a Temple Warden at the Shrine of Aea in her Aspect as the Personification of Tempered Enthusiasm and the capture of a preacher bird and cleaning of the Temple roof. Next, the offer of a book by Jim Webster which contains various tales by Tallis Steelyard taking place in Port Naain. A review by a pleased reader is included.

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The duties of a temple warden are effectively without limit. The list of jobs that need doing seems to stretch as far as the imagination of an archimandrite can reach. But one of the main duties is ensuring that the building remains clean.
Now obviously this can be easily achieved. A simple task to issue dusters and mops to the mendicants and in an hour or so, everything can be spotless. After all, those who visit the shrine are there to spend time on their knees in their devotions. It’s not as if they come in out of the rain to eat their lunch, leaving crumbs everywhere.

But the wildlife that invests a shrine can be an entirely different problem. Numerous species of small rodent seem to regard clerical vestments as an opportunity to dine with friends; a groaning board spread with goodies to share with all comers. Then there…

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