Cowart's Common Room
WHERE BE THE OWLS?

Lo and behold! It's half past the Owling hour, and there is an extreme shortage of Owls. None, to be precise.

So the intrepid Bear, deerstalker hat on head, cane in had, magnifying glass in pocket, heads out in search of Owls. He is accompanied, as always, by his partner is sleuthing, Her Ladyship, Miss Sadie.

Posted at 17th Sep 2010 - 12:36AM   Posted by Rob-bear   WHERE BE THE OWLS? Comments: 22

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But, just in case there are Owls in the area, Bear has left music to entice and entertain them.

This time Bonnie Tyler, singing, "Total Eclipse of the Heart."

For which you'll need Flash Player (or something similar).

Posted by: Rob-bear on 17th Sep 2010 at 12:40AM

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Behold! Lady Frances has arrived!

Good even, m' lady!

Posted by: Rob-bear on 17th Sep 2010 at 12:42AM

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Hark! Her Ladyship, Miss Sadie calls. Is this a good thing? Must see.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 17th Sep 2010 at 12:45AM

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Frances's Avatar Hello to you, Bear, it's grand to have another owl here. Day off for me, aka day to run around and get all errands done. Did not even find time for a nap.

See you when you and Sadie return indoors.

Posted by: Frances on 17th Sep 2010 at 12:58AM

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Frances's Avatar Hello Camilla!

Since I have had the day off, I did not have to go the quick pasta supper routine, but rather fixed some chicken sauteed in butter/olive oil, with mushrooms, tarragon, thyme, parsely and a dash of rosemary, salt and pepper, deglazed with some Shiraz.

It really was good! With rice, sweet red peppers and broccoli.

Treating myself to peaches, sugar cookies, almonds and coffee now. And...the pleasure of your company.

xo

Posted by: Frances on 17th Sep 2010 at 01:01AM

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Camilla's Avatar Thank you Bear.! hello Frances and Bear, sorry I could not be with you yesterday evening, no excuse, fell asleep on the sofa and huge migraine, better now though.

Thank you for the music Bear, a long time since I heard that tune.

Took Daisy to the Vet on Wednesday, examined her back legs, seemed alright Vet said perhaps she has pulled a muscle.... I said, do you think you could check her front legs please, as soon as he began examining a huge screech by Daisy and then she nearly bit him..... eek.! on with the muzzle.! Prescription for anti-inflammatory to be given by syringe into Daisy's food for two weeks, then to go back to see Vet in three weeks time. She is doing well at the moment just a tad stiff when she gets up from resting.Uploaded Image

Posted by: Camilla on 17th Sep 2010 at 01:04AM

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Oh, my goodness, Frances! Such an extravagant supper. Way beyond our humble repast.

Now that the "errant" Frances has returned from her errands, what are the plans for the evening?

Bear and Miss Sadie are off to get a new camera for Bear. (My birthday present to me; I hope to do a good deal more photography in my retirement!) This little pocket sized digital cameras we have is fine, but I'm accustomed to working with something larger and more complex (which also provides a better finished product). So we'll be heading off in a few minutes to check things out. We have an old Canon 35mm film camera, with a collecting of lenses. I'm told those lenses will work with the new digital camera. So why get something different, when Canon is good, and then have to buy more lenses for the new camera?

BTW, I've checked on Max, Tiddles and the clock, and everything is just fine. So, that's all in order.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 17th Sep 2010 at 01:11AM

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Camilla's Avatar Pleased to hear you had a day off Frances, just wish you could have more of those days. Love the sound of that yummy supper, even without the meat which I do not eat nowadays I would still enjoy. Adore almond flavour, it was my mother's favourite too.

I bought nuts and apricots to go with breakfast along with tomatoes and mushrooms and croissants, not forgetting large tray of farmer's eggs, jar of honey and saville orange marmalade from the WI market...... son and his partner arriving later today for the weekend.

xx

Posted by: Camilla on 17th Sep 2010 at 01:13AM

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Oh, goodness! Poor Daisy!

Miss Sadie immediately sends massive licks and wags. Bear sends best wishes and gentle hugs for Daisy and Camilla.

And how is Camilla faring after all that excitement? Well, I hope.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 17th Sep 2010 at 01:14AM

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Camilla's Avatar Bear, my daughter had a camera as a gift bought for her by her husband recently, it is a Sony digital with zoom lens, daughter has become very interested in photography and the one I bought her when she was in her twenties is not working anymore. Photography is something I am keen to learn more on, need a new camera.!

Thank you for checking in on Tiddles and the Clock dear Bear.

Posted by: Camilla on 17th Sep 2010 at 01:19AM

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Well, Camilla, I'll tell you more about this camera when I've had a chance to use it.

TTFN. Will check back when I return.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 17th Sep 2010 at 01:22AM

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Frances's Avatar Bear, I look forward to seeing the photos that you'll soon be taking with that birthday camera.

Somewhere around here I still have my super heavy old Nikon...from back in the film days.

Camilla, did the vet really figure out what is bothering Daisy's legs? Hoping that the prescription will help to heal whatever the bother is, not just keep it a bay.

I know that you will be looking forward to the weekend with all those lovely treats, and your weekend guests!

I just cannot get over how quickly today passed by. By the time that I returned this afternoon from errands, round two, a forecast thunderstorm did turn up. Over now. Air is cooler and tomorrow might be a beautiful day.

On this morning's visit to the library I had to return David Mitchell's new book, 1/3 read, but have put my name down again on the reservation list.

I checked out another new novel that has gotten acclaim on this side of the pond, Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen. On the way back through the Park on the bus, I began reading the first chapter, and realized I had already read this chapter, as an excerpt ...perhaps last year... in The New Yorker Magazine.

I also checked out a lighter novel, Alexander McCall Smith's The Importance of Being Seven.

When will I find the time to read these books?

xo

Posted by: Frances on 17th Sep 2010 at 01:23AM

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Camilla's Avatar Aw, thank you kindly Bear, Daisy says thank you too, even though she is snoring like a little piggy at the moment on the sofa.Smile

Must admit it is very stressful at the vets for me, Daisy goes in all waggy tail, she then barks for England....(very embarrasing).....vet reception phone goes..... receptionist cannot hear because of Daisy's barking, all this is because she see's another dog in waiting roomRolling Eyes. I am asked kindly by receptionist if I wouldn't mind going into the kiosk area with Daisy, so that receptionist can hear better on the phone.Blink Moi holding on for dear life with the lead and trying to find my credit card to pay on way out, until Daisy spied a cat come in......not good.!Smile

Posted by: Camilla on 17th Sep 2010 at 01:27AM

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Frances's Avatar Camilla, your depiction of Daisy at the vet's really does tell the tale.

Does Daisy see many cats in her usual daily routine?

Posted by: Frances on 17th Sep 2010 at 01:31AM

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Camilla's Avatar Thank you Frances, Vet said keep giving Daisy the anti-imflammatory medicine for two weeks, it might be a sprain, if it has not cleared after this then Vet will take an x-ray to see what the problem may be. A few weeks ago Daisy knocked my very heavy old antique candlestick holder off of the window -sill(she loves to look out of the window), she brushed into it and it may have fallen on her. The area on Daisy where it is sore is her front left shoulder.

I love books, but I am a very slow reader Frances, same here I always seem so busy to even open the first page but have been reading a lovely book sent to me by a friend.

On the TV earlier on was Gareth Mallone (Choir Master), who wanted to help out at a school for primary children who had no desire in reading or even opening a book, some preferred to sit long hours in the evening on the playstations. At the end of the programme it was lovely to know that eventually with some persuation those children were more enthusiastic on books and reading.

Wondering if you would like me to ask my daughter about the camera Bear, have you set your heart on a Canon?

xx

Posted by: Camilla on 17th Sep 2010 at 01:46AM

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Camilla's Avatar Daisy and cats do not mix.!Smile her previous owner said she would kill one..... not good.

Posted by: Camilla on 17th Sep 2010 at 01:48AM

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Camilla's Avatar Frances, I came across a lovely poster print cover of The New Yorker, 0ct 12 1935. It is of a little girl receiving a dolly from her father, mother is looking on in the picture too. Perhaps you can google the print, unfortunately I cannot have access to the print. Love the colourings and subjects of those vintage New Yorker's.

Posted by: Camilla on 17th Sep 2010 at 01:52AM

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Frances's Avatar Camilla, hoping that the vet's prescription for the anti-inflammation will get Daisy back to total mobility.

The New Yorker Magazine's covers really have tracked cultural history over the years. Many noted artists have graced these covers.

I've been reading this magazine since I was in my early teens, and have over the years been lucky to have know some authors whose words have filled the pages.

I won't stick around here too much later tonight, because it is back to work for me tomorrow, followed by Saturday and Sunday. Hoping to get home early enough on those nights to land here again.

xo

Posted by: Frances on 17th Sep 2010 at 02:18AM

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Camilla's Avatar Frances, I am unable to do the link for that website to the pic of little girl with doll in New Yorker. The website is called
SEESAW.TYPEPAD.COM. If you google this www.seesawtypepad.com when you get the page up click on childrens books on the list on the right hand side then scroll down the page to see the pic.

Posted by: Camilla on 17th Sep 2010 at 02:22AM

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Well, before you disappear, Frances, I hope you have a good weekend. Even if you're working.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 17th Sep 2010 at 02:25AM

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Camilla's Avatar Thank you Frances, hope you can see the link I have posted to those great Mags.

Best of luck to lots of shoppers buying when you are working those long hours Frances, do hope you can get some earlier nights at home.

Think Bear has already gone to bed, sleep well Bear.!

Night Night Frances, sweet dreams, look forward to seeing you tomorrow, although might be a tad late, son is taking me out to dinner and I am sure the wine will flow.!

Nite Owls.!

xx

Posted by: Camilla on 17th Sep 2010 at 02:27AM

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And, Camilla, I'm going to head off to examine my new toy.

Hope to see you both tomorrow night.

Sleep well, good Owls.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 17th Sep 2010 at 02:32AM

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