Cowart's Common Room
I Can't Sleep Chat Post

Hello Owls and Larks,

Hope you have been enjoying the wonderful weather we have at the moment. Lots of sunbathers on the beach this afternoon, some with very young family's too, many being brave and taking a swim into the vast sea.

Looking forward to seeing daughter and son in law and their dogs tomorrow when we pop over for a visit to their new house.

Quote of the Evening:

'You can never be over dressed or over educated'.

- Oscar Wilde

Off to make a brew and raid the choc cookie jar.

Have a lovely weekend.

If you can't sleep and there are others on line then have natter here.

Night Night, & Sweet Dreams

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Posted at 26th May 2017 - 10:41PM   Posted by Camilla   I Can't Sleep Chat Post Comments: 7

Evening Post

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To the cinema on this hot and muggy evening - not the day for cimema at all but I had booked to go with friends and anyway it was air conditioned - to see Cezanne et moi which is a film about the lifelong relationship between Paul Cezanne and Emile Zola. I can't say that I enjoyed it, although the subject matter was interesting and there were lovely shots of Provence. But there was no real story and the film makers contrived to make the relationship one dimensional - a succession of scene in which they met at intervals and always seemed to play out the same or a very similar script. It was a heavy weight subject whose treatment was rather trite and even some excellent acting didn't quite bring it off. For me anyway.

And tomorrow we are off to the Hay Festival to hear Nicholas Hytner former director of the National Theatre and Michael Rosen who is talking - of all subjects - about Zola. Rain is forecast. There will be mud. But Hay is quite fun and you get to meet interesting people. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 26th May 2017 - 10:02PM   Posted by Fennie   Evening Post Comments: 3

I Can't Sleep Chat Post

Hello Owls and Larks,

Thank you kindly to our Chief Lark Fennie for posting while this wee Owl has been out of action on the perch.

Jim jams on, and I am in desperate need of a cup of tea tonight so off to pop the kettle on.Very Happy

Hope you all had a good day, have you been watching the Chelsea Flower Show? I have only seen the first episode so lots of catching up when I can soon .

If you can't sleep and there are others on line then have a natter here.

Night Night, & Sweet Dreams

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Posted at 25th May 2017 - 10:57PM   Posted by Camilla   I Can't Sleep Chat Post Comments: 14

Bobbing along...

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...bobbing along on the bottom of the beautiful briny sea.

Well, my felt picture for the Imago Mundi Project should be winging it's way from Edinburgh to Milan now to get photographed and catalogued. Then we just have to wait to find out where all they are to be exhibited and when the book will be finished for this part of the collection.

For once I was quite pleased with the end result, which is unusual for an Artist. Very Happy

Posted at 25th May 2017 - 10:36AM   Posted by Fairy Nuff   Bobbing along... Comments: 7

Lark Post

Going out to feed the birds this morning I could smell summer: the blue skies, the crisp dry air, as though the very atmosphere had been ironed and starched especially for me. Now, as I type there is not a cloud in the sky and hardly a breath of wind to disturb nature's spanking new coat of greenery: the sort of morning usually associated with holidays in warmer climes, the sort of morning in which to be reborn.

And yet there is so much evil about, so much sorry, so much tragedy. Still as life grinds onwards it might as well be in sunshine. Only the tortoise like walnut tree is being hesitant about showing its leaves to the world: it will be the end of the month or into next before all are fully deployed.

Yesterday afternoon I sat in my favourite spot underneath the pergola in the Physic Garden in town - a beautiful gem of a garden over which cascade vines (a present from our friends in Clisson) and climbing roses. And talking of Clisson reminds me that I had a bit of a panic yesterday when it appeared that we hadn't been sent an invoice for the bus that will take our twinning party to Clisson, an invoice that had to be paid 14 days before our 1 June departure. It's paid now but by me rather than the Twinning Association. I'll get the money back but Annie has departed and so I won't a second signature on a cheque for a month. I shall be penniless and barefoot.

Do hope that Resident Owl is feeling better and getting some sleep. She has been through a very great deal, one way and another, and the latest curse put upon her by gremlins, twisting her spine and bending her elbow to the point of insomnia is very cruel. She must long for better days. Sending you lots of healing thoughts and prayers, Camilla!

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Posted at 25th May 2017 - 08:27AM   Posted by Fennie   Lark Post Comments: 5

Corncrake visitor

Not a very good pic as I took it in a rush through the kitchen window :)

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Posted at 24th May 2017 - 03:14PM   Posted by Bradan   Corncrake visitor Comments: 8

DOVE BITE - Austrian pigeons

My daughter and I had a wonderful three days in Austria. Saltzburg is very pretty and incredibly clean; not a scrap of litter anywhere. I definitely recommend you visit if you ever get the opportunity. Vienna was grand and impressive and the pigeons made the most of the architecture for roosting places (some statues and monuments were netted). I passed a middle aged Japanese gentleman pulling small pieces off his bread and feeding a small group of pigeons. I smiled at him, and he smiled back in the way of people who understand and like pigeons. My daughter is not one of them - she is of the 'rats with wings' persuasion, when nothing could be further from the truth. She doesnt even like me taking photos of the pigeons so I reminded her that this was supposed to be my birthday trip! This photo was taken at the end of the day when the birds would return to 'their' own special place.

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My birds were fine when I got back, thank goodness. Baby April is enormous - I ringed and weighed her (or him) today and she is a whopping 400g at 26 days. Pan, her daddy, at the same age weighed 257g.

Pan and Mariette continue to sit on their new eggs, and while I was away Primrose laid too. I do hope these new babies will hatch successfully for Primrose and Pascal, as the last babies died and I had no idea why.

Posted at 24th May 2017 - 03:10PM   Posted by Faith   DOVE BITE - Austrian pigeons Comments: 5

Lark Post

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I do hope that Resident Owl is enjoying a lie-in after a sound night's sleep and will awake and stretch with the sunshine streaming in at the windows and the birds tweeting in the garden. And, most importantly, her aches and pains gone. But if not then that she will not be excessively red-eyed and will manage to catch up on her beauty sleep during the day. I have many disturbed nights myself and so know very well what it is like. But last night I slept, for once soundly.

This may have been because e had langoustines for supper last night, fried in butter and I went to bed thinking that I shall add them to the list of creatures that, with a spot of moral courage, the Creator might have done without. Like goats for instance.

Langoustines are however a slimmer's dream as they contain (according to the information on the freezer pack) practically no nourishment whatsoever. Five or six only provide two per cent of your dietary requirements and to obtain these few pathetic scraps of meat you have to prise them open, burning and pricking your fingers and mouth on their hard, sharp carapace.

Even then the taste seems quite ordinary. The animals - sometimes known as Dublin Bay Prawns - are much enamoured by the French and they do look pretty on a plate of 'Fruits de Mer' with oysters, whelks, winkles and the like. Maybe the French have a different taste gene - or more probably I just lack the right one - but langoustines conform to my observation that the larger a sea creature becomes the less taste it has. My favourites are those tiny shrimps that you can eat whole; next I prefer small prawns and then the larger prawns and so on up to lobsters which I find vastly overrated and have to rely on a good sauce to give them any taste at all.

I am also far more interested in the animal itself - its legs and claws and how all is articulated and put together - than in eating it. Langoustines are interesting in this regard for their long claws won't bend enough to put anything caught into their mouths. (It was probably a Friday and the Creator wished to finish early). So you catch something with the big claw and then have to give it to a small claw (hoping it doesn't escape) before it can be transferred to your langoustine mouth.

Still there we are. Have a good day.

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Posted at 24th May 2017 - 08:39AM   Posted by Fennie   Lark Post Comments: 7


Condolences and healing thoughts to all those caught up in the Manchester atrocity - those injured, their friends and families and also to the emergency services fighting valiantly to restore life, contain the damage and apprehend those responsible.

Posted at 23rd May 2017 - 08:35AM   Posted by Fennie   Manchester Comments: 12

I Can't Sleep Chat Post

Hello Owls,

Just caught up with George Gently on iplayer made a cuppa and off to thy down pillows soon although I don't imagine sleep will be on the agenda sadly.Very Happy

If you can't sleep and there are others on line then have a natter here.

Night Night, & Sweet Dreams

Posted at 22nd May 2017 - 11:56PM   Posted by Camilla   I Can't Sleep Chat Post Comments: 5

Put upon Lark

No sooner is one visit out of the way but a second rears its head: our town twinning trip to Clisson and I find suddenly that I am in charge - oh help! I have to make sure that everybody catches the bus and then the plane - but of course it's all like herding cats. There are people with no sense of time (or place come to that). Still I suppose we shall get there, after a fashion. We leave on 1st June and return on 5th and in between we shall have a very good time including making a vist to Rennes, the capital of Brittany and the town that more overwhelmingly voted for Emmanuel Macron recently than all the other towns in France.
Macron's score was 90 per cent or so I am told. Otherwise we shall be imbibing and eating and doing our best to destroy our livers.

But that is over the horizon, for today has been trying. Not only am I light-headed with fatigue and dealing with my 63 emails and the ones that arrived today but also with a recalcitrant client who wanted me to give them another shipment of labels notwithstanding their account being seriously overdue. Worse they promise payment on a certain day and then the payment does not arrive. Chasing money, arguing about money, is a distasteful business. But I have done enough for one day and I shall knock off now. And another thing, why does Cowbridge have so many Jackdaws? We are Jackdaw city and they are eating me out of house and home.

I was looking for a picture without Jackdaws and instead found this lovely bit of tourist film about Rennes. Just the camera panning around to music - impressive really.
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Posted at 22nd May 2017 - 05:11PM   Posted by Fennie   Put upon Lark Comments: 6

What have you been doing all day?

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How do fellow Purple Cooers spend their days. Today I've spent all day making beads and now I'm feeling rather hot.

Posted at 22nd May 2017 - 05:01PM   Posted by Lampworkbeader   What have you been doing all day? Comments: 7

I Can't Sleep Chat Post

Hello Owls and Larks,

Do hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Won't be long before I head off to dreamland soon, just off to pop the kettle on.

If you can't sleep and there are others on line then have a natter here.

Night Night, & Sweet Dreams

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Posted at 21st May 2017 - 11:18PM   Posted by Camilla   I Can't Sleep Chat Post Comments: 3

Migrating Lark

Here I am on a slow boat with even slower wifi making my way back home from France. I expect to get home after picking up the car about 1230 or 1am and tomorrow is another (working) day. 63 emails, I see await me. I'll post about the trip later. I won't attempt a picture as we shall probably be in Portsmouth before it loads. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 21st May 2017 - 08:09PM   Posted by Fennie   Migrating Lark Comments: 2

Sunshine Lark

Morning Larks,

What a gorgeous day, very warm sunshine, clear blue sky, birds are singing and all is right with the world.Very Happy

Have a lovely weekend whatever your plans may be.


Posted at 21st May 2017 - 10:26AM   Posted by Camilla   Sunshine Lark Comments: 9

Technology only goes so far

Himself has just appeared at the kitchen door, with bucket and sponge in hand.

'I'm just cleaning the cars and I thought, your car does most things for itself. It switches the engine on and off, it puts the handbrake on and off, it puts the lights on when needed and the windscreen wipers, it will put the brakes on if the car in front brakes.

So, why doesn't it wash itself?'

I have no idea, so I just sent him away with another bucket of hot waterVery Happy

Posted at 20th May 2017 - 05:20PM   Posted by KitKatCot   Technology only goes so far Comments: 3

Morning Larks

Morning Larks,

Lovely bright sunny day here as I hope it is with you too.

What be you plans for the weekend? I shall be driving over to see our daughter and her dogs later today but will be in full support of a plump cushion as well.Very Happy

Made a short list of things still to get and do in our new cottage, still awaiting my grey nest of tables for the sitting room. New blinds for the kitchen, awaiting a new runner rug for the hallway and a new big rug for the sitting room area too. A Victorian wrought iron window rose trough has still be be erected for the front of the exterior of the cottage, and the big job of sorting out the rear garden which has yet to be landscaped ... Monty Don... Wish he was here to lend me a hand.

Talking of Monty Don I hear it is the Chelsea Flower Show this Sunday, wonderful!

Have a lovely weekend .xx

Posted at 20th May 2017 - 08:50AM   Posted by Camilla   Morning Larks Comments: 8

Crotchety Lark

Morning Larks,

If anyone has a special purple healing wand could they fly it over, awake all night with ze old back..... Doc later this afternoon.

Raining heavily in the night, all wet here but the air quite muggy still.

Hope our Fennie and Faith arrived safely to their destinations to spend the weekend.

Have a good day Larks.Very Happy


Posted at 19th May 2017 - 11:50AM   Posted by Camilla   Crotchety Lark Comments: 6

Imago Mundi

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Been busy felting today for the Imago Mundi Art Project.
What is the Imago Mundi Art Project? you may ask, well...
"Imago Mundi is the collection of works commissioned and collected by Luciano Benetton on his travels around the world, involving, on a voluntary and non-profit basis, established and emerging artists from many different countries. Each of them has created a work whose only restriction is its 10x12 cm format, contributing to the creation of a remarkable artistic geography. "

They are currently collating the Scottish collection, the Welsh collection was done last year and can be found on the website along with thousands of others from around the world if you fancy a bit of a cultural browse.

Posted at 18th May 2017 - 05:28PM   Posted by Fairy Nuff   Imago Mundi Comments: 2

Lark Post

Morning Larks,

A beautiful morning it is too here after a rainy day yesterday.

Enjoy your day, laundry done, birds have been fed and watered, off for a late breakfast off egg and crumpets .Very HappyUploaded Image

Posted at 18th May 2017 - 11:10AM   Posted by Camilla   Lark Post Comments: 6

The hills are alive

I am off to Salzburg tomorrow morning very early with my eldest daughter. She arranged this as a birthday treat for me - we will be back late Monday. I can't say I am thrilled to be going - I hate going away and leaving my pets to others' care and I hate travelling - but hope to enjoy it once I am there. So will say bye for now and see you soon!

Posted at 18th May 2017 - 07:38AM   Posted by Faith   The hills are alive Comments: 5

Faint-hearted Lark

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I am off to France tomorrow to visit an old friend from university days who now sadly has Parkinson's disease. Parkinson seems to be giving his disease out left, right and centre these days and sometimes his disease flourishes and sometimes it does not.

I heard today of someone who was apt to 'freeze' in the middle of her shopping or whatever and have to be given an injection immediately to unfreeze her, which sounds cartoonish, like the Duracell bunny (or rather the zinc-carbon bunny) but which is really rather unpleasant and serious. I don't think my friend has reached the same state, but he is reduced to using a walking frame and is a shadow of his former vigourous self.

He and I once hitchhiked from London to Athens in 10 days; not easy to see us doing that now. Anyway, I shall report back when I have paid my flying visit. I leave tomorrow evening, all being well arriving in Le Havre early on Friday morning whence his wife will retrieve me, driving being another skill that has been lost to the ubiquitous Mr P.

I can't say I am much looking forward to the trip for I am never very good when confronted by illness. I tend either to be facetious or tactless or silent. Hardest of all was a colleague hit by a stroke as he was making his speech of thanks to the family at his fiftieth wedding anniversary. A funny, generous, eclectic Professor emeritus and semi-professional singer, and now here he was in some sort of bed in some sort of ward surrounded by similar imbeciles and incapables; the power of movement gone, the power of speech gone. You may be better at that sort of situation than I. Still old age is not for the faint-hearted as someone said once. We must all battle on, but if I am not around over the weekend you will know why. I probably won't take the laptop. But I shall probably be back not much worse than when I went away on Monday Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 17th May 2017 - 05:21PM   Posted by Fennie   Faint-hearted Lark Comments: 3

Pic of the day

I couldn't believe this rose was real but it was! Mostly I don't like real flowers to be dyed but this was exceptionally beautiful!

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Posted at 17th May 2017 - 08:09AM   Posted by Faith   Pic of the day Comments: 9

I Can't Sleep Chat Post

Hello Owls and Larks,

Phew ! what a very hot day today it has been, beautiful and all made more enjoyable with a lovely cool breeze.Very Happy

You will be happy to know I have the Jag back home again, I took it in clean but now looks like it could do with a wash when I collected it.

Jim jams on, off for pot of tea and some choc.

If you can't sleep and there are others on line then have natter here.

Night Night, & Sweet Dreams

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Posted at 16th May 2017 - 10:46PM   Posted by Camilla   I Can't Sleep Chat Post Comments: 4

Lerk Merth

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Well, well - what a miserable evening it is. Rain, grey skies and a terrible sense of 'fin de si├Ęcle.' I am cursing to find that the job of Secretary to the local trust here that I volunteered for is turning out to be far more work than I had expected and unproductive work at that. Like being chained to a galley. Nor are the folk the sort of folk that I would normally want to spend time with. I keep feeling I am in a nightmare and want to wake up. How long do I have to endure this? 3 years I suppose. So I need a hug. For enduring and being a Pillar of the Community. Bah Humbug.

But there we are. And talking of pillars, there was some rare good news today for (cater) pillars of the lesser wax moth, used to spending their lives demolishing beehives from the inside, will, if push comes to shove, eat polythene bags instead. Or so we are told by reputable news organisations. They are the goats of the insect world, so all we need to do is to spread the little fellows on the grass verges and we shall soon be spick and span and free from plastic litter. Who knows they might even eat those indestructible coffee cups sold by the likes of Starbucks. The scientists of course want to short circuit the process and discover what enzymes the caterpillars produce so they can just spray our bins and the ocean too perhaps, although I am not sure that that is a good idea. But imagine we might soon be eating fried caterpillars fed on plastic. On second thoughts perhaps not.

Anyway have a good evening and sleep well. I am off to watch the programme on the art of Saint Petersburg which I missed yesterday.Very HappyVery Happy

PS The purple vibrations of an army of caterpilars to the Owl and any others afflicted by aches, pains, sadness or other weakness of the flesh.

Posted at 16th May 2017 - 08:51PM   Posted by Fennie   Lerk Merth Comments: 7