Ms. Birdsong Investigates: Photo Gallery

Welcome to Lavinia’s photo gallery.

I’m sharing photos which mean a lot to her and which are linked to her and her story.

Gallery One

Thames House home of MI5 Photo: CNrB
MI6 – home of the British Secret Intelligence Service. Photo: Laurie Nevay 2013
Dame Stella Rimington – the first female Director General of MI5 Photo: Andrew Davidson
The British Parliament Photo by Pixabay on
Cobweb Cottage which Lavinia purchased after her ‘voluntary’ retirement from MI5
Lavinia’s garden looking out on to the downs and field. Photo (c) Jane Risdon 2016
The side view of Lavinia’s rear garden (c) Jane Risdon 2016
Operation Matryoshka – lead to Lavinia leaving her beloved MI5
The Berkshire Downs Lavinia knows very well having lived not too far away when growing up. When she had to leave MI5 she spent some time looking at properties in the area with a view to buying a new home. Photo (c) Jane Risdon 2018
Nothing restores Lavinia better than a strong cup of tea and a bag of liqourice unless there is alcohol on offer…Photo Jane Risdon 2021
The White Horse at Uffington in The Vale of the White Horse where Lavinia Birdsong decides to move after leaving her beloved London. Born and bred in the countryside not far from here, she prefers city life. She is beginning to adapt to birdsong instead of traffic noise – gradually. Photo Jane Risdon 2018
Molly belongs to Lavinia’s brother Snow and when he needs a dog-sitter Lavinia will have her for him. Molly is not too bright but loveable, even though she has a pedigree.
Lola is Snow’s other dog, snooty and aloof with an air of superiority, she is brighter than Molly but not as affectionate. She has a pedigree too and lets you know it. Lavinia dog-sits both dogs when she is able.
Often teased and bullied by Lola and Molly. Such a wise old cat Simba (c) Jane Risdon 2009

The Bear Hotel, Wantage, in Oxfordshire plays a role in the first Ms. Birdsong novel.
The Fox at Denchworth, Oxfordshire also has a place in the first Ms. Birdsong novel. Photo Jane Risdon 2019
The Downs near Ampney Parva. Photo Jane Risdon 2019
View of Dragon Hill from White Horse Hill Photo Jane Risdon 2019
Lavinia’s trusty camera – she used this long before mobile phones had cameras. Photo Jane Risdon 2019
The grounds of a big house belonging to a major character in Ms. Birdsong Investigates Murder in Ampney Parva: Operation Matryoshka. Photo Jane Risdon 2019
The White Horse at Uffington

I will be sharing more of her photos in time, keep an eye out for them.

All photos (c) Jane Risdon All Rights Reserved except if otherwise indicated.

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  1. What an amazing tale you spin,through these glorious photos. Enough to tempt all busy writers to grab the books about Ms. Birdsong.You likely chose that title post moving into the countryside.For this is where one hears it best.
    As previously mentioned your dynamism is amazing, Jane. I wish you all the success you deserve with Ms. Birdsong.

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    • Joy, how kind. I am so pleased you liked the photos. I have lots, so will add now and again. I have always lived in the countryside when in England, but in the city in LA and Singapore. Lavinia was born in Berkshire but is a city girl at heart, and she is in Ampney Parva because she needed to get away. I have been working hard on her for a long time and have been advised by my Agent to improve my online profile and visibility – lol – some might say there is too much already. I am trying hard. I am so glad you took time away from your own writing to look. I hope Ms, B finds a home soon. Appreciate you visiting and I hope we chat again. Have a lovely weekend, a productive week and much success xx Stay well.x


  2. What a sumptuous photo gallery, with pictures of places, people and pets, all so ordinary in one way, yet full of potential through your eyes and in the plot you weave. You set my imagination spinning away. Your own dynamism is amazing, especially combined with your memories of working and travelling in so many places. Lavinia’s adventures promise to be extra-special.

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    • Thanks so much for this, I have tried to make her as real as possible and although she is – for now – former MI5, I want her time spent investigating the things she is tasked with, until she hopefully finds her way back, to be interesting and entertaining too. Appreciated. xx


    • Thanks so much, I have tried to make her as real as possible and quite normal in many ways but obviously, she is quite an extraordinary woman. I hope that over the series she will become very familiar and yet manage to amaze people too. Well, that is my hope. Each book will be stand-alone but they are linked. Yes, working and travel have given me some ideas over the years. I am so glad you like the photos. Yours are always fab. It helps I think to engage people rather than just reams of text. Your blog always looks so inviting and full of interesting things to look at and read. Thanks for being here, always welcome and lovely to hear from you. xx

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  3. David, I must say your name grabbed me right away! I am sure you have heard it a million times, but David Niven was one of my all time favourite actors. So, David, with the famous name. I am so glad Ms. B has intrigued you. Did you tune in to my live interview with Brian Hammer Jackson on his show yesterday? More info about her there. I am back on it next week, 26th 5pm UK – live video interview. Should be fun. Lavinia Birdsong, I wanted her to be an ordinary woman with extraordinary skills and yet, with compassion as well as a hard streak. MI5 is not for the faint hearted. 3 books in the series so far. Keep ’em peeled. Thank so much for spending time with her and with my website. Great to have you visit. Have a fab week. Jane x


  4. I have been introduced to Ms Birdsong just today through reading your blog / website, and immediately I’ve started looking forward to reading about her adventures. The information you have provided so far has really whetted my appetite. She’s obviously a lady who can take care of herself and I’m intrigued about the prospect of learning more about a woman who can throw a man over her shoulder but who also seems to be a cultured and caring human being. Having practised judo myself (not to Lavinia’s standard) I’m interested to see if any of the old familiar techniques are mentioned.

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