What a happy shrike he is. I particularly like the way a shred of tinsel appears to be impaling the small lizard through the neck. That strange gold spikey thing is also a Christmas decoration, bought from a tiny local toy, shoe and decoration shop, which always has surprising decorations. This one I picked up in their Christmas sale and so is perhaps a little too surprising. Certainly, on the way home, it poked its way through its own packaging and two layers of carrier bags.

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Photographs and tree-dressing by Jeremy Dennis