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A lovely Autumn day, the tree's are so wonderful at the moment with different shades of red/gold colours. More clearing of all the leaves in the gardens, and then gathering up some more of the apples. I dropped some bags of apples off to the WI, too many for us to consume. However, I do like Fennie's idea though of an apple press to turn fruit into cider or apple juice, may invest in one of these.

I came across this picture today it is entitled The Snow Queen and published by Walker Books. Original story of course is by Hans Christian Anderson. This lovely picture is done by pastel chalk on paper and is by the illustrationist - Christian Birmingham.

Whatever you are doing for the weekend have a great one.

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 8th Nov 2008 - 12:47AM   Posted by Camilla   I CAN'T SLEEP CHAT POST Comments: 12

Camilla's Avatar It is very quiet......... hoping that my lovely friend Frances will join me on this perch soon. I am just going to make a cup of cuppacinno, if you happen to pass by, I will be back soon.


Posted by: Camilla on 8th Nov 2008 at 01:01AM

TIGGYWINKLE's Avatar Hi Camilla, Love the picture. I enjoy your pictures so much. My grand daughter call me Mama Owl, because she thinks I am wise, but it suits me as I come on line for a minute after I check my emails, and then stay on for ages. It is so peaceful at this time. No phone, only the clock ticking for company. The only problem is with our B&B I have to be up early seven days a week. I used to make a simple apple wine which is refreshing, and so easy to make. Here it is:

APPLE WINE. Recipe from Edi George.

3 lbs of apples cookers or eaters.
12 pints of water
2 lbs sugar.

Wash apples. Cut up and place in bucket with water. Add a lemon cut in four and a small piece of root ginger if liked. Cover and leave for 1 week, stirring twice a day. It will turn dirty off white colour. After 1 week, drain and discard the apples. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Strain into bottles with screw caps. Plastic are good. Leave in a cool place for 1 month at least. The end result is like sweet white wine. Be careful opening bottles. Do it over sink or outside. It fizzes.
I might even make some myself. I have stored apples this year wrapped in newspaper, in a cardboard box, and they are doing fine. We did it at home when I was a child. This site has me gone crackers doing things. Night. sleep tight

Posted by: TIGGYWINKLE on 8th Nov 2008 at 01:02AM

Frances's Avatar Hello to you, Tiggy and Camilla,

I am now just one day away from having to return to work, and so longing that my break would go on a bit longer!

Today was a dark, grey, sometimes quite moist day here in New York. I spent much of it inside, doing some baking, some cleaning (!), reading, speaking with friends on the phone, and just wistfully wishing for more days off.

It is grand that you all have those apples, and apple recipes to share, as well. Tomorrow, I will go to one of the various farmers' markets around town, to search out some more apples. So wish that I had access to an ancient tree in a back garden.


Posted by: Frances on 8th Nov 2008 at 01:09AM

Camilla's Avatar Hello Frances and Tiggy,

Tiggy - Oh thank you soo much for this receipe, wonderful, I will print it out and keep in my little notebook. I am pleased you love the pics I put up, I aim to please.Smile

I love this time of the day Tiggy, all so peaceful and calm with just a gentle piece of classical music in the background tonight. Love the name your granddaughter names you, I have always been an owl rather lark, although I did have to go to bed much much earlier when I was working full time.

Running a B & B must be very rewarding, but can understand that you have to have an early start, many breakfasts too I am sure. Thank you again for the receipe Tiggy.

Frances - How can that be......... your hoilday seems to have gone quickly. I hope that there will be many shoppers to purchase clothes for festive month and also for gifts for loved ones maybe, even though a financial crisis.


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Camilla's Avatar The first above photo is the one I took in late summer this year at out local church. It was holding a summer music church festival and Charles and Camilla were guests.

This second one I took is of my friend in grey jumper (back of her head) talking to Camilla as she was coming through to church. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw Camilla's suit, it was PURPLE.!!

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Posted by: Camilla on 8th Nov 2008 at 01:37AM

Frances's Avatar Wow, Camilla posts a picture of that other Camilla!
Have to say that you will always be my favorite Camilla!

Great to see the photos. Must have been rather stupendous to have actually been there. I still remember on one of my trips to London, walking along a quiet little sidewalk in Kensington, and seeing a gentleman walking towards me, realizing that it was Lord Snowden (think it might have before he was Lord anyone.) All the same, it was just a reminder that London, like New York, could be a small town.

Yes, reluctantly giving up my free time. Trying to figure out how to still retain the feeling of this freedom, and to translate it into the demands of a stricter schedule.

Any tips?

Posted by: Frances on 8th Nov 2008 at 01:43AM

Camilla's Avatar Ah, thanks Frances:Embarassed

I still am very fond of Diana, I cried buckets when she went.

Princess Margaret's husband then I believe was a brilliant photographer. Many celebrities I used to see in London, should have got their autographs, could have maybe sold on to auctions.Smile

Is there any way that you could have one more day free from work - lesser days in a week so to speak? Know that we all feel the crunch of trying to hold onto purse strings though.


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Posted by: Camilla on 8th Nov 2008 at 02:15AM

Frances's Avatar Camilla, I do love your suggestion about reducing the days per week at work, and wish that it could be so. Alas no. At least no, for the immediate future.

In view of the economic climate, I should really stop whinging about having to work hard and, instead, be cheering that I have got a demanding job with a strong company, and one that ... most days, I really enjoy.

Still hope that within a few more years, I may be able to shorten that week from five days (with countless hours per) to a more relaxed schedule.

We shall see. Goodness ... it is very late in your part of the world. Please do switch off the lights, and rest well.

See you tomorrow.


Posted by: Frances on 8th Nov 2008 at 02:15AM

Camilla's Avatar I did pop into a vintage shop when it first opened here in Norfolk, l met the proprietor, she is really lovely, I often go in for cards, etc. Unfortunately she had a more younger version in mind of employee, sob.......... I would love to work there.

The shop where you work looks so lovely Frances, but I can understand how you must be feeling sometimes when you wish for more days to be at home. I hear on the news that there are many people who have lost their jobs recently, a worrying time for them.

I am going to hop into land of nod now Frances, my grandaughter is coming to stay tomorrow night for a sleepover which will be lovely.

Night Night Frances, sleep well, and see you tomorrow.


Posted by: Camilla on 8th Nov 2008 at 02:33AM

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