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The weather is very cold here........ a few snow flakes earlier on this evening but did not come to much, snow on Tuesday apparently, whoopie.!!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

The painting I have posted above is Sheep Beneath Snow Encumbered Branches by Scottish artist - Joseph Farquharson.

This original painting behind what is apparently one of the most popular Christmas card designs is about to be auctioned. Auctioneers Lyon and Tunbull of Edinburgh will hold the sale on Wednesday and expect to fetch around 70,000 Sterling.

It is a really lovely painting, sadly I will not be one of those bidders.Smile
A Biography Link to the artist is here, along with a beautiful Shepherd's Dream Video.

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

Night Night, & Sweet Dreams.


Posted at 1st Dec 2008 - 12:04AM   Posted by Camilla   I CAN'T SLEEP CHAT POST Comments: 23

Camilla's Avatar Hello Tiggy,

Oh, that should have said.... picture below and not above when I typed. For some reason the video on Biography Page is not showing, will try and see if I can find it for you.


Posted by: Camilla on 1st Dec 2008 at 12:07AM

Camilla's Avatar Here is another link to page.


Posted by: Camilla on 1st Dec 2008 at 12:15AM

TIGGYWINKLE's Avatar Hi Camilla, What a lovely painting. It is freezing here to night, but no sign of snow. Daytime is crisp and sunny. Got thrush and feeling rotten. I have a different dining table this year, which is not as long as my last one, do I spent the day making smaller place mats It was relaxing, and my daughter Mootch went in to visit Mr. T. He is in great form, and bored stiff. Will know tomorrow what's happening. Would love to see the video.

Posted by: TIGGYWINKLE on 1st Dec 2008 at 12:18AM

Frances's Avatar Hello Camilla, and also Tiggy if you are still in the owl zone.

It is a lovely painting Camilla, come on, let's put in a bid at that auction! Joking, of course! An exercise that some of my fellow artist friends and I play, when visiting exhibits, is to figure out which one painting or sculpture or whatever in the show would we really, really want to accept ... as a gift. The one that we would like to share time with for quite a few years. It really is fun. A variation is to imagine a gloriously matted/framed painting in the artist's studio, without any exhibiting gloss, and to think if we would feel the same about that piece.

Dark and raining here all day. Aside from one errand excursion that soaked my feet, I stayed indoors and continued to work on my many Santa's workshop projects. Never enough time to do what we love doing.


Posted by: Frances on 1st Dec 2008 at 12:21AM

TIGGYWINKLE's Avatar Went to a Parish Sale for an hour yesterday. Bought a hand embroidered tray cloth, and an afternoon tea cloth, a few books, sweet little demi-tasse china cup and saucer with lilac on them, and a Spring tea set (4). I like to theme my China and Table settings for different seasons and celebrations for our B&B. Not taking guests at the moment,as I have too many other committments.

Posted by: TIGGYWINKLE on 1st Dec 2008 at 12:24AM

Camilla's Avatar Tiggy - Please let us know how your husband is, I am hoping that he will soon be home with you from hospital and that he is much better.


Posted by: Camilla on 1st Dec 2008 at 12:26AM

Frances's Avatar Yes, Tiggy, also hoping that your husband will soon be back home.

Seems as if you really do treat your B&B folks to a very special environment. Love the idea of the seasonal focus, and certainly know how creative you are.


Posted by: Frances on 1st Dec 2008 at 12:33AM

Camilla's Avatar Hello Frances and Tiggy,

Frances - Thank you. I do like that idea of putting a bid at auction for painting, but not twitching an eye or raising a hand... I went with a friend last year to view paintings at a nearby Auction House, she saw a lovely painting which was a portrait in oils of a lady in red dress, early 18th century, not a terribly large painting. She saw the price on frame and said.... ooh think I will bid for that on the day. She never did or attend the auction but she still to this day wished that she had, she loved that painting.

Frances - little booties are needed for those elegant feet.
I would love to be able to craft something for Christmas, sadly it will only be purchased from shop suppliers. Time whizzes by soo quickly, I find it quite scary.


Posted by: Camilla on 1st Dec 2008 at 12:40AM

Camilla's Avatar Tiggy - So pleased to know that your husband is in great form, wonderful news, fingers crossed for tomorrow Tiggy.

I have left a link for the Video Tiggy, just click on THISTLEDOWN page will come up and you can see YOUTUBE Video there - SHEPHERD'S DREAM, click on it, and you will be able to see lovely sheep and hear the music too.


Posted by: Camilla on 1st Dec 2008 at 12:45AM

Camilla's Avatar Tiggy - those purchases at Parish Sale sound wonderful, I have a passion for vintage china, and especially love anything Rosebud or tiny Floral.

It must be very busy with a B&B Tiggy, I love the thought of owning one, but can understand the hard work that goes into it. Will you perhaps reopen maybe in the springtime Tiggy. You have a lot on your mind at the moment, and your husband's health is an anxious time for you so can understand your reasin for closing B&B at the moment.

Oh poor you Tiggy, Thrush is horrid, if you go to the HEALTH FORUMS perhaps you would like to leave us a message there to this thread, brilliant idea with Forums, and if anyone else here on the site has experienced a health problem there is a good feedback.

I am just off to make a cuppa, back in a jiffy.


Posted by: Camilla on 1st Dec 2008 at 12:55AM

TIGGYWINKLE's Avatar Have just watched the video. You are amazing for fishing out appropriate videos etc. There is something romantic about shepherds. I even think of God as The Good Shepherd, minding His fold. Don't suppose there are many shepherds left, in this part of the world.
I am a very messy worker. I must go and tidy up my sewing before I hit the sack. A nice hot water bottle, a hot whiskey, and I'm reading The Potters house. Talk to you soon. nightie night. xx

Posted by: TIGGYWINKLE on 1st Dec 2008 at 12:59AM

Camilla's Avatar Tiggy - I think those Sheep are gorgeous.

Just a thought but if you go to the HEALTH FORUMS Page number 2 and look for fourth subject down on the left hand side, it may help you Tiggy.

Like the sound of that 'hottie' and a whiskey, I had not heard of that book before Tiggy, is it Fiction or Fact?

night night Tiggy, sleep well, see you tomorrow.


Posted by: Camilla on 1st Dec 2008 at 01:15AM

Camilla's Avatar Frances- I saw a website by chance today on Fifth Avenue, I thought of you, but cannot remember which one it was, wish I had saved it on my files.

I am tucking into Madeira Cake, probably have indigestion now before bedtime.Smile


Posted by: Camilla on 1st Dec 2008 at 01:31AM

TIGGYWINKLE's Avatar Have just read the thread. Very interesting. Must look up Bio Fem. I'm just puzzled, as I have never had it before. I am a nutritionist in another life. The tablet and cream the doc prescribed haven't worked, so I am going to resort to my natural cures. Hope they work, as it is driving me nuts, and I'm feeling tired, which is very unusual for me. The Potters house by Rosie Thomas is light reading set on a Greek Island. Have just finished 2 books I didn't like - The memory Keepers Daughter, and The Butterfly Box. Have lots of books to keep me going, that I bought at Summer Fetes. Great cheap way to read.

Posted by: TIGGYWINKLE on 1st Dec 2008 at 01:40AM

Frances's Avatar Tiggy, bet that your natural cures will do it!

Camilla, wonder what that website was...maybe you will stop by it again.

I finished the Guernsey and Potato Peel Pie, etc. book to the library today. Last week, we had a customer from the Channel Islands, and it was such a coincidence that I was in the middle of that book. I did learn a bit about the WWII occupation.

Today I checked out The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Don't know anyone who has read it, so will just turn those pages on my own.

Lights out time for all of you across the pond.

I will keep an eye on our owl post which you all rest your eyes.


Posted by: Frances on 1st Dec 2008 at 01:51AM

TIGGYWINKLE's Avatar Just checked out Bio Fem. Boots sell it, so I will get some tomorrow.Thanks for your help Camilla. Well I have my hot water bottle and hot whiskey ready, so I'm off to beddie Byes. Isn't it great to be able to pop in here for a chat.

Posted by: TIGGYWINKLE on 1st Dec 2008 at 01:59AM

Camilla's Avatar Tiggy- Hoping that the Bio Fern will help you. You mentioned the author Rosie Thomas, this author was recommended to me, as I was searching for a Wartime Romance book for my daughter's Mother In Law's birthday soon, the book is Iris and Ruby, have you read it Tiggy, think I will be able to buy on Amazon.

Enjoy the whiskey nightcap, sweet dreams, nighty night.


Posted by: Camilla on 1st Dec 2008 at 02:19AM

Camilla's Avatar Frances- I have been searching on the internet for the site I wanted to tell you about in US, sadly I cannot find it, or even remember it's name, will let you know if I do. I have also been searching for another french vintage site, have it on my files I know, but have so many there finding it difficult.

The Potato Peel Pie sounds interesting Frances, my HL was only mentioning today about WW11 it would have been his father's birthday, he was a prisoner of War .

The second book I do not know of Frances, it does have a title to think about though.

I shall just put a video up for all and then I am off to bed Frances, night night my dear owl friend, sweetest of dreams, see you tomorrow.


Posted by: Camilla on 1st Dec 2008 at 02:29AM

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Posted by: Camilla on 1st Dec 2008 at 02:34AM

Fennie's Avatar Well dome Camilla! Most fabulous photograph to begin and even more fabulous video to end. Enjoyed that.

Posted by: Fennie on 1st Dec 2008 at 09:20AM

Cait's Avatar My dauaghter has a print of that sheep pic. Have to say it resembles that picture round here at the moment. We have had white frosts and gorgeous sunsets too.

Posted by: Cait on 1st Dec 2008 at 12:26PM

Cait's Avatar PS Thanks Camilla for that video, one of my fave somgs and singers.

Posted by: Cait on 1st Dec 2008 at 12:31PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Thank you to the night owls - I love the picture . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 1st Dec 2008 at 12:41PM

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