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Good Evening Owls,

Phew, busy day.! the weather was glorious too, just wish I had time to sit in the garden swinging on the hammock sipping a belini...... Smile oh well never mind.

Just as I was driving along my lane off to work this morning I was met by lots of ambulances and police cars, police eventually waved me on to drive past in another direction.

It will soon be Sunday a day off for me, yipee, hope you are enjoying the bank holiday.

Have my cuppa and just going to take a tour, see you later owls.

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 2nd May 2010 - 12:09AM   Posted by Camilla   I CAN'T SLEEP CHAT POST Comments: 36

Camilla's Avatar There is something wonderful about vintage quilts, love them.

I stepped onto my specs yesterday..... c r a c k.....good job they were only a cheapie pair from chemist, thankheavens that I have my second pair on hand from opticians, cannot see a thing without them.

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Posted by: Camilla on 2nd May 2010 at 12:25AM

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Posted by: Camilla on 2nd May 2010 at 12:34AM

Camilla's Avatar Hello Frances and Tiggy,

Was just trying to post a video, just going to hop over the site before lamps out soon.


Posted by: Camilla on 2nd May 2010 at 12:36AM

Frances's Avatar Camilla, the weather here today was absolutely summer-like! Really hot, not just warm.

Sorry about those specs. I use non-prescription reading glasses, and have many pairs scattered around. Only one pair is really the current one with 2.50 magnification, but any of the others will do. you will need to find another backup pair.

Gosh, wonder where all those emergency vehicles were headed this morning. Late this afternoon, I kept hearing lots of sirens (ambulances and firetrucks in the distance, and then some of them came rushing down my street.) I hope that all of them got to where the emergency was in time.

My week off is just about over. I would so love to have another week to myself. The past seven days went by at a good pace, and I did accomplish much (including some relaxation that was sorely needed.) The trick will be to maintain the calm mood I am now enjoying.

There were many things that I'd wanted to do, but just did not find the time for. Another great result is having the apartment painting all done. It really does look so much better, and I am glad to have tossed out some things that had stayed too long.

Got a brilliant deep fuschia, almost red, geranium plant at the greenmarket today. It won't last long, but for now just looks brilliant on my window sill.


Posted by: Frances on 2nd May 2010 at 12:37AM

Camilla's Avatar Hello Frances, thank you.

Yes, will pop to the chemist next week and purchase extra pairs of specs, more than one pair is good.

Wonderful to hear you have had gorgeous weather today Frances, hope it continues for you.

Re the accident here, our speed along lane cannot be any more than 20 miles per hour, on reaching the end of the lane it is met by a slightly busier road, even so the speed there is no more than 30 miles per hour, think perhaps a motorist may have been speeding.

I do hope that you may be able to cut back on those hours at work Frances, not easy I know, but would be lovely for you to have some more days where you could enjoy all those lovely craft projects and unwind in a less busier pace, hold onto that dream Frances.!

Pleased to hear about painting now finished, lick of fresh paint does wonders, needs doing here too Frances. Lots of things to toss out here too, mainly my son's old things from Uni days.!

Adore geraniums Frances, fushia/reds are a lovely colour too, enjoy that bloom, would be lovely if you could do a water-colour from it and hang on that newly painted wall Frances.


Posted by: Camilla on 2nd May 2010 at 01:03AM

Camilla's Avatar My eyes are closing, so off to bed now, night night Frances, sorry to have missed Tiggy.

Night Night Frances, sweet dreams, and to all the owls hopping on the perch later. See you tomorrow.


Posted by: Camilla on 2nd May 2010 at 01:07AM

OH! The three stooges owls are here tonight.

I'll read your notes and be back in a moment.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:08AM

Frances's Avatar Nite, nite, Camilla, and good evening to you, Bear.

Sorry to have missed connecting with Tiggy.

Posted by: Frances on 2nd May 2010 at 01:14AM

OH dear. Accidents abounding. Vehicles, fires; terrible day all together.

Sorry to hear about your specs, Camilla. As I mentioned, Sadie chewed two sets of mine. And they were both prescription. Fortunately, the prescriptions have all changed, or will change when I see the optometrist.

Glad you had a semi-wonderful week, Frances. I'm still in your situation too much work at the end of the days. Kind of like too many days at the end of the money, but different.

Nothing but rain out here. I think I'm getting water logged, and am developing webbed feet. Sad Some plants are trying to grow through the ground nonetheless.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:16AM

Blackbird's Avatar Camilla, your photos look like a perfect summer day- very welcoming. But, off to bed with you, you true night owl.

Hi Frances and Rob-bear! I've just finished cooking up a recipe of Salted Chocolate Caramels. A first try and I have to wait 2 hours now to see how they turned out. My arm is tired from stirring but I hope that it's worth it.

Posted by: Blackbird on 2nd May 2010 at 01:17AM

Good evening, Blackbird. A Blackbird among the Owls. Almost as strange as a Bear among the Owls.

How goes it with you?

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:18AM

Blackbird's Avatar Rob-bear- I think that bears sort of have naturally webbed feet- it makes them fine swimmers! But, I know how the rain can get to you too.

Posted by: Blackbird on 2nd May 2010 at 01:19AM

Salted Chocolate Caramels? Confused Sounds "peculiar."

What's special about the salt?

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:19AM

After four days of rain (I think it's that many now), I can hardly wake up.

This Bear will not be climbing the tree to the Owl perch tonight! Blink

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:21AM

Love Camilla's picture of the quilts with the roses on top. Such a nice touch. Smile

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:23AM

Frances's Avatar Bear, NYC will get some rain tomorrow...maybe a lot of rain, with thunder and lightning on top. That oncoming front is why it was so hot here today.

The news is so full of that oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It is really horrific. Ecology, commerce, so many aspects will affect folks for decades.

I would not recommend any shrimp for a while.

Those poor folks who've already gone through Katrina and other hardships have now got to find a way to deal with this.

Really bad news.

Posted by: Frances on 2nd May 2010 at 01:25AM

Blackbird's Avatar I think that the little touch of salt on top is supposed to help bring out the chocolate and counter the sweet of the caramel. I used some flakes of a salt from the Murray River in Australia which is a pretty pink color and quite crystally (which keeps it from tasting too salty).

Posted by: Blackbird on 2nd May 2010 at 01:26AM

Frances's Avatar Hello Blackbird. Do let us know how those choc caramels turn out.


Posted by: Frances on 2nd May 2010 at 01:28AM

Blackbird's Avatar It has been very hard to watch the news, Frances, knowing that the oil is still pouring out and there doesn't seem to be any immediate solution. With the tragedy of the mining disaster still so fresh too, it makes solar or wind power look appealing.

Our world is so fragile and the people suffer so from the effects of others profits.

Posted by: Blackbird on 2nd May 2010 at 01:29AM

Blackbird, my paws look much more like a ducks feet. I'll be the laughing stock of all the Bears in the bush. Sad Unless, of course, they're having the same problem.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:34AM

Yes, Blackbird; things in our "fragile" really are a mess. Too bad it's people who have caused most of the mess.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:36AM

Frances's Avatar Yes, Blackbird, our world is fragile.

I am expecting the nuclear power advocates will be coming forward again. For me the tricky part about that (aside from whether you'd want a nuclear plant near where you live,) has always been the question of Where Do We Store the Waste.

Funny how the Icelandic volcano story has gone a bit quiet.

Posted by: Frances on 2nd May 2010 at 01:36AM

Um; "fragile" world is what I meant to say.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:37AM

Frances's Avatar Not to worry Bear about an r or two. I am usually a type factory around this time of the day/night.

Posted by: Frances on 2nd May 2010 at 01:38AM

After Windscale, Three Mile Island, and Chernobyl, we should have some idea of what nuclear plants can do. And I agree, Frances: where do we store all the waste? Not just the waste form the electrical production, but from the "decommissioning" (dismantling) of these power stations when they pass their useable life span.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:39AM

Well, as long as the volcano isn't bothering plane flights, it's not news. Sadly.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:41AM

Frances's Avatar Tes, Bear, think that you are right. Strange how our attention spans are encouraged to be brief. (And that is not just a result of MTV's having all those quick cut videos way back when!)

Posted by: Frances on 2nd May 2010 at 01:46AM

Blackbird's Avatar I'm afraid that we haven't heard the last from that volcano yet. It's amazing how inconvenient Mother Nature can be but I'm sure that she thinks the same of us.Shocked

Posted by: Blackbird on 2nd May 2010 at 01:49AM

The gift of short attention spans is a boon to politiciansExclamation

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:49AM

Yup, Blackbird. Just when we think we've got everything figured out, we suddenly find our figuring wasn't quite good enough.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:50AM

Good evening, esteemed Headmistress.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:52AM

Blackbird's Avatar Well, I hate to leave you owls but I'm off to look at my pan of chocolate caramels and the clock and then to direct my son in the making of dinner- pork enchiladas. He's learning to cook for his senior project- actually he's learning how to use leftovers to make new and tasty meals. He's never been a fan of leftovers so it's good for him. A sort of recycling.

Sweet dreams dear owls.

Posted by: Blackbird on 2nd May 2010 at 01:54AM

Hmmmmm. . . . Hopped on her broom and flew off with nary a word. Oh well, witches are even less predictable than Bears.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:55AM

Frances's Avatar Oh, sorry to have missed WW. Wish that she'd joined us on our perch for this round-table. Bear ... here's your sort of question ... can a round-table fit on a perch? As Sarah P would say, you betcha ... when it's a virtual perch. xo

Posted by: Frances on 2nd May 2010 at 01:55AM

May I suggest, Blackbird, that you eschew the serving of leftovers and serve "srevotfel" instead.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 2nd May 2010 at 01:57AM

Frances's Avatar Well, Bear, I think that it also might be about dinner time in your part of the world.

It's been great having an owl discussion tonight. Hoping that many of us will be able to meet here again soon.

Best wishes. xo

Posted by: Frances on 2nd May 2010 at 02:13AM

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