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I Can't Sleep Chat Post

Helo Owls and Larks,

Phew.! what a busy day.... looking forward to relaxing with my pot of tea in a moment and slouching on the sofa with Patch.Very Happy

Hope you had a good day.

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

Night Night, & Sweet Dreams.
Camilla.x

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Posted at 27th Mar 2017 - 11:06PM   Posted by Camilla   I Can't Sleep Chat Post Comments: 0

Gambolling Lark

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We arrived on Sunday with sufficient time to spare for a coffee and as luck would have it we were passing the Park Lane Hotel which just happened to have a Starbucks kiosk in the foyer, whose happy staff served us with some great coffee. So we were sat there drinking our coffee and looking at this picture of Westminster bridge taken perhaps in the early 1960s. Of course this was the very site of the motorised carnage last week and so it seemed fitting to leave a flower, which we did and which you can just see. I do hope that it came out eventually, though without water it may have just shrivelled. The staff seemed to think it was a nice gesture. But what a black and white photograph of Westminster bridge was doing in the foyer of the Park Lane hotel I do not know.

Have a good evening. It has been a busy day, but life is slowly returning to normal. The vegetation has suddenly realised the clocks have changed: you can almost see the grass growing, blossom too and buds are bursting and then there in the field were a good handful of new born lambs, the first I have seen this year. Poor things most of them will end up in the restaurants of Paris without even the comfort of mint sauce.
You might well say Baaaa!

Very HappyVery Happy:-

Posted at 27th Mar 2017 - 08:25PM   Posted by Fennie   Gambolling Lark Comments: 0

I Can't Sleep Chat Post

Hello Owls and Larks,

Do hope you all had a lovely weekend,

Back soon, off into jim jams and then make a cuppa.Very Happy

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

Night Night, & Sweet Dreams
Camilla.x

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Posted at 26th Mar 2017 - 10:28PM   Posted by Camilla   I Can't Sleep Chat Post Comments: 10

Tired Lark

A hectic weekend. A 7am start for the London March - and here are my French neighbour and her partner ready for the off in Park Lane. We met a camera crew from Quebec and Annie gave them the benefit of her views. She has lived here since the 1970's and so is in a less precarious state than some but nevertheless she could end up being thrown out of the country - so she has a real axe to grind. Still the march was great fun, the sun was shining, we made lots of new friends, everyone was laughing and in a good humour, even the police. But about five times the number anticipated turned up, so everything was late in starting and the march went on and on and on. By the time we arrived in Parliament square and laid the flowers we had brought, it was nearly over. Then it was time to go home. Having not eaten all day you cannot imagine how satisfying were the bangers and mash that we stopped for on the way home.

And then today it was off again to Frome for a family mothering Sunday get together, the two daughters, grandchildren etc. Beanie has learned the trick of waggling her eyebrows. She is becoming a real little show-off! It's 10 pm now. 9pm in real money, but it feels like midnight!

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Posted at 26th Mar 2017 - 10:01PM   Posted by Fennie   Tired Lark Comments: 1

Happy Mothering Sunday

Happy Mother's Day to all the lovely Mums out there,

Still missing mine loads, the best Mum I could have wished for.





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Posted at 26th Mar 2017 - 02:08AM   Posted by Camilla   Happy Mothering Sunday Comments: 14

I Can't Sleep Chat Post

Hello Owls and Larks,

Beautiful warm sunny day, Patch met up with his pals Rodney and Jemima over the dunes and came home with yet another ball he found over there, would he give it back...... no sirree.Very Happy

Do hope our Fennie is back home safe and well from London yesterday.

Lamps out soon, if you can't sleep and there are others on line then have a natter here.

Night Night, & Sweet Dreams
Camilla.x

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Posted at 26th Mar 2017 - 12:48AM   Posted by Camilla   I Can't Sleep Chat Post Comments: 4

Knickers in a twist.

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Far be it for me to mock the afflicted but... HO has just come out of the loo rather flushed (!) and flustered as he had got his knickers entangled in the velcro of his knee brace. Laughing

He was very nearly calling for help to disentangle himself Very HappyTwisted EvilVery Happy
(in my defence it was his idea to tell you as he thought you would find it funny too, as did he).

Posted at 25th Mar 2017 - 11:36AM   Posted by Fairy Nuff   Knickers in a twist. Comments: 7

I Can't Sleep CHat Post

Hello Owls and Larks,

This week seems to have gone quick, let's hope our Fennie arrived home safely today after his trip to London for that march.

Card came in the post today from my son for Mothering Sunday, luckily I was able to prize it from the jaws of Patch before he chewed it to pieces, Last house we had a post box outside for posty to put our mail in saving the post to be ripped and to let the posty know he did not have to come across a rather energetic bark for England JRT.Very Happy

Have a lovely weekend Cooers.

Off for my brew, if you can't sleep and there are others on line then have a natter here.

Night Night, & Sweet Dreams
Camilla.x

Posted at 24th Mar 2017 - 10:35PM   Posted by Camilla   I Can't Sleep CHat Post Comments: 9

DOVE BITE - baby photo

Pan and Mariette have kept the babies very close, and I have only managed to get a couple of quick glimpses of them. I am pleased Mariette is proving to be a careful mother, and Pan is now in his second year of being a daddy and seems to have grown up a lot.

The other pair, Pascal and Primrose, have built a nest but no eggs so far.

This is mum Mariette with one baby - quite big already. They are five days old.



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Posted at 24th Mar 2017 - 04:53PM   Posted by Faith   DOVE BITE - baby photo Comments: 4

Pic of the Afternoon

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Posted at 24th Mar 2017 - 04:39PM   Posted by Camilla   Pic of the Afternoon Comments: 5

Celandines, love them or hate them, they're all around.

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I am quite fond of celandines ... sometimes, but I do seem to have an awful lot of them this time around.

Posted at 24th Mar 2017 - 02:21PM   Posted by Lampworkbeader   Celandines, love them or hate them, they're all around. Comments: 9

Little ones

We are having a lovely 3 days with the two little adopted granddaughters and parents here.
P is a very advanced 2 & 3/4. She talks all the time and understands a great deal of what we say to her. There is the occasional bout of terrible two's of course.
B is 15 months and started to walk here, though four legs are better than two most of the time. She has the most enchanting smile.
Report by besotted step Granny R!

Posted at 24th Mar 2017 - 11:07AM   Posted by Withy Brook   Little ones Comments: 5

I Can't Sleep Chat Post

Hello Owls and Larks,

So cold today that East Anglian wind was biting, hear it's gong to be warmer tomorrow though 12 degrees with lots of sunshine, goodie .Very Happy

Hope you had a good day, just off to make a cuppa before lamps out soon.

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

Night Night, & Sweet Dreams
Camillax

Posted at 23rd Mar 2017 - 10:44PM   Posted by Camilla   I Can't Sleep Chat Post Comments: 8

A Sad Lark

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There once was a Dormouse who lived in a bed
Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red),
And all the day long he'd a wonderful view
Of geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue).

A Doctor came hurrying round, and he said:
"Tut-tut, I am sorry to find you in bed.
Just say 'Ninety-nine' while I look at your chest....
Don't you find that chrysanthemums answer the best?"

The Dormouse looked round at the view and replied
(When he'd said "Ninety-nine") that he'd tried and he'd tried,
And much the most answering things that he knew
Were geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue).

The Doctor stood frowning and shaking his head,
And he took up his shiny silk hat as he said:
"What the patient requires is a change," and he went
To see some chrysanthemum people in Kent.

The Dormouse lay there, and he gazed at the view
Of geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue),
And he knew there was nothing he wanted instead
Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red).

And there above you have some delphiniums, though we shall have to suppose the dormouse is colour blind as these ones are purple which I thought you would appreciate. So I shall now try to spell chrysanthemum without looking it up and to my amazement I have spelled it right. Or should that be spelt in right? And is there a difference between the 'ed' and the 't?' I like to think there is with the 't' denoting an action at a point in time and 'ed' something gradual.

But this might be my fancy. Anyway just something to cheer us up after all the grim news, which given that terrorists thrive on column inches and their television equivalent we do rather go overboard on. I mean no disrespect to those who have lost loved ones, but even to suggest that one bearded lunatic, however evil his actions, puts our democracy and way of life somehow at risk is surely over the top. Hitler's bombs did put our democracy at risk but surely not this. The police do a grand and effective job and sadly sometimes pay an unjustified price for keeping us safe.

Indeed a sad day for those directly involved and our thoughts and prayers go out to them and their loved ones. Life does go on, whatever evidence there may be to the contrary.

Posted at 23rd Mar 2017 - 08:18AM   Posted by Fennie   A Sad Lark Comments: 11

Daffodils

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Someone asked for daffodils?

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Posted at 22nd Mar 2017 - 08:12AM   Posted by Fennie   Daffodils Comments: 5

I Can't Sleep Chat Post

Hello Owls and Larks,

A day of laundry, stocking up on the groceries, filled the Jag up at the garage and why is it when one inserts the fuel from the pump into the car it seems to just take ages to do, click click click on the nozzle and when you press the nozzle harder for fuel to come through it just ceases up, I don't have Arthritas in my hand yet it always seems to take ages. Drove further on to a nearby giant pet store where the staff are always so friendly helpful and kind, I had to buy some more food for Patch and while I was in there decided to buy him a treat... A pet soft toy named Mr Floppy who resembles something like a puppy dog with blue ears. Patch loved it when we got home but after about half an hour Mr Floppy was indeed Floppy because he had chewed it to pieces and I had to throw all the stuffing into the bin. Stuffing or no stuffing he can have a bit more play with it for now.

Boiler man arrived around 5pm to fit the new pump on our boiler and took away the second hand one he had to fit last week due to not having the new one in stock then, paid him an arm and a leg, all working fine heating and hot water.

Hope you all had a good day, just having a cuppa before lamps out soon.

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

Night Night, & Sweet Dreams
Camillax

Posted at 21st Mar 2017 - 10:52PM   Posted by Camilla   I Can't Sleep Chat Post Comments: 11

On and Off Lark

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A busy sort of a day, on and off, not helped by realising that I had left my reading glasses behind in the church yesterday when I went there in the afternoon to play the piano. By my standards I am making progress: I can sit at a keyboard and play reasonably fluently and unhestitantly, though I can only play one piece half decently and otherwise it is just improvisation. At this rate I may just be playing Chopin before I die. Unless I get arthritis or some other crippling disease. Still, that progress doesn't extend to remembering to pick up my glasses so I had to return for them this afternoon and fortunately there they were on top of the piano. Elisabeth is coming next week to see how I am doing and no doubt to tell me all that I am doing it all wrong. She is very kind but frequently leaves me down-hearted at my fingers and musical mind of clay. Still without her encouragement I wouldn't have put fingers to keyboard.

Meanwhile the little television in J's office has been playing up, pixellating and cutting out at crucial points. We have assumed it was the cable and I have taken apart and cleaned all the connections to no avail. Something this afternoon made me try that television in the sitting room, cutting out the long cable run to her office on the other side of the house. To my surprise the TV pixellated after a few minutes, whereas the other (sitting room) television that I had moved to J's office worked perfectly. So the fault is with the TV rather than the cable. I guess it isn't worth trying to repair it and the built in DVD player still works fine, but the upshot is we shall need to buy a new TV for the sitting room. (J and I frequently like to watch different programmes and she also likes to watch TV if she has something mechanical to do). So we shall have to make a visit to John Lewis and buy another one. More expense!

My birds are ever hungry and I have just ordered 25 kilos of birdseed on line at £1 a kilo including delivery. No waste (well there wouldn't be if my birds were properly hungry) and it feeds robins and songbirds (though what the difference is, between a robin and a songbird, I am not sure). As for the no waste that seems to depend on how hungry are the birds. Mine are very picky - or should that be pecky? Anyway they leave a lot of mess which turns slowly to horrible sticky porridge on the patio.

Have a good evening, everyone. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 21st Mar 2017 - 06:49PM   Posted by Fennie   On and Off Lark Comments: 7

I Can't Sleeo Chat Post

Hello Owls and Larks,

First day of Spring today and it is Happiness Day.Very Happy missing all my lovely old plants in other house I expect they are all coming into bud now and blossom out. I am going to see what grows in the tiny borders here in new cottage, I don't wan't to go hacking through and find that I have killed a plant.

Cant access one of my email boxes tonight it says wrong password but it is the right one and I only changed it a month ago.

Tea and choc here I come.!


If you can't sleep and there are others online then have a natter here

Night Night, & Sweet Dreams
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Posted at 20th Mar 2017 - 11:20PM   Posted by Camilla   I Can't Sleeo Chat Post Comments: 8

What do you do...

when you find out you have been calling something by the wrong name for your whole life?

I first thought that it may be the case, a few years ago, when we were on holiday in Norfolk. It was Sunday and travelling back from an excellent WW2 RAF museum, we spotted a steam train museum with a restaurant offering Sunday Lunch. In we trotted, and the lunch was a carvery, lovely.

For veg, I asked for the turnip. The lovely lady behind the counter said 'what?' I pointed to the turnip and she said 'that's mashed swede' very loud and very slowly Confused

Oh, how we laughed about that. Who knew turnip was called swede in Norfolk?

On further research I have discovered that what I have always called turnip is in fact swede.

I love it whatever it's called.

We are having Turnip tonight with leftovers from yesterdays Sunday lunch... so there!

What do you call it?

Posted at 20th Mar 2017 - 06:01PM   Posted by KitKatCot   What do you do... Comments: 15

DOVE BITE one liner!

The babies hatched yesterday, but I haven't seen them yet! Very Happy

Posted at 20th Mar 2017 - 11:07AM   Posted by Faith   DOVE BITE one liner! Comments: 6

I Can't Sleep Chat Post

Hello Owls and Larks,

Do hope you all had a lovely weekend.

A rather cheeky pic tonight, you have to be a tad daring for once even moi. answers on a postcard please. Very Happy


Very starry night tonight, pot of tea and some choc here I come.

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 20th Mar 2017 - 12:00AM   Posted by Camilla   I Can't Sleep Chat Post Comments: 11

Easter Bunny

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Easter is on its way and the Easter bunnies are preparing. Here we are this afternoon in Hobby Craft. A nasty cold wet afternoon if ever there was one.

Hope you are all warm and tucked up by the fire. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 19th Mar 2017 - 06:59PM   Posted by Fennie   Easter Bunny Comments: 8

I Can't Sleep Chat Post

Hello Owls and Larks,

Lovely visit from my daughter ans son in law yesterday afternoon,

No heating or hot water for a day, had to call in our chap to look at boiler, turns out need a new pump, £170.... ouch.!

Hope all owls and larks are well.

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

Night Night, & Sweet Dreams
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Posted at 19th Mar 2017 - 01:01AM   Posted by Camilla   I Can't Sleep Chat Post Comments: 5

I Can't Wake Up Chat Post

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I can't wake up either: it is almost ten to nine and I am still in my dressing gown, though I have had my usual breakfast of Porridge and Half A Banana. Capitalising them makes them go further and seem more substantial. I eat the other banana half with my coffee at 11 and also have a few nuts, brazil nuts for preference, which I am told contain selenium, though what selenium does for the human body I have never found out. Maybe I have an excess of selenium for my all singing-all dancing vitamin pill, which I swear by, also contains selenium along with 99 other bits and pieces which need the whole packet back to explain. So maybe that is the answer to good health: selenium. Which is fine for the people in Brazil, where the Brazil nuts trees grow (or used to before they were felled by loggers) but what about the people of Orkney? There is, so far as I know, no selenium on Orkney at all so how do the Orcadians manage to stay healthy? And why aren't the Orcadians worried?

Last night ww came to the highlight of our social calendar: the AGM of our Town Twinning Association! Usual business with yours truly on the accounts and condemned to be so for at least another year. Terrible job. Still on we go. And this year we made a profit on the AGM thanks to a wonderful raffle in which I won an Easter Egg in a pink box which will do nicely for Beanie. A Thornton's one too. On these occasions we eat bread, cheese and celery, bring our own wine and glasses (thereby avoiding the £22 we would otherwise pay for a licence) and for entertainment we had a quiz, mostly about France and Clisson, with the trick question, 'With which country does France share its longest border?' The answer is Brazil which borders that part of France called Guiana or Le Guyane, which is nevertheless part of metropolitan France.

So today I need to count the money, take J to the shops, do some gardening if the rain stops, practice the piano, and clean the house. But first I shall collect the paper, braving storms and hurricanes, brew some strong coffee and, the other half of my banana in hand, depress myself in contemplating the multiple calamities into which the planet is falling headlong. Fake or otherwise, the news becomes each day more preposterous We are descending into savagery with whole armies of children starving to death on an industrial scale. I refuse to buy a Sunday paper these days. I deserve one day of not being depressed.

Have a good day and may lots go right for you. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 18th Mar 2017 - 09:16AM   Posted by Fennie   I Can't Wake Up Chat Post Comments: 4

Fancy a Frolic to mid 18th Century New YorK?

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Fancy a frollic through mid 18 century New York, if so you're in for a treat. Golden Hill by Francis Spufford is our Purple Coo Spring Read 2017 and as I've said, this has to be the best book I’ve come across this year. I'm two thirds of the way through and have laughed out loud and gasped in horror in just about equal measures. Shall we start making our comments on 26th May? Will that give you enough time to read this frolicsome tale do you think?
Love Lampie, the purple book prefect. Blink

Posted at 17th Mar 2017 - 01:33PM   Posted by Lampworkbeader   Fancy a Frolic to mid 18th Century New YorK? Comments: 8