Cowart's Common Room

A lovely relaxing day and the rain and fierce wind we had yesterday has gone. Lots of beautiful sunhine today even though it was a tad chilly by teatime. The Daffodils in the garden are peeping through, sure sign that Spring is on it's way.

It is World Book Day tomorrow in the UK and Ireland, and is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and read by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

I can remember as a child myself absolutely loving books, it was like another world to me, and I could always be found with my head in a book. I loved reading to my children when they were small, luckily they too had a fondness for books. It has been said that perhaps children are not read to by their parents so much these days as it was years ago, I find this very sad, there is nothing more special than cuddling up with your child before bedtime and reading that book of adventure with them.

Hope you had a lovely Wednesday, I am now off to make a cuppa and to take a tour of the site.

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 5th Mar 2009 - 12:02AM   Posted by Camilla   I CAN'T SLEEP CHAT POST Comments: 13

Camilla's Avatar Hello Frances,

Have you begun to read the book yet of Charing Cross Road? I did so enjoy the film.


Posted by: Camilla on 5th Mar 2009 at 12:25AM

Frances's Avatar Good evening to you Camilla.

It is suddenly dawning on me that my week off is now more than half over! How I wish I could extend these days off. Yes, I do love my work at the shop, but truly it does keep me away from so many other things I love to do.

Today's mail brought me the March/April issue of the wonderful UK magazine Selvedge. My subscription is a treat that I give myself. And ... on page 15, you will see an Easter eggy page that features an embroidered egg cosy by our purple coo member Snapdragon! Cheers to her. Hoping that lots of purple coo folks will seek out the magazine and also Snapdragon's lovely creations, embroidered, sewn and also grown in her garden.

And...another treat today. I got out of my jeans and tee shirt and dressed up a bit, and went down to the theatre district to see if I could get a matinee ticket for a preview performance of the soon to open revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, starring Angela Lansbury, among others.

I got the ticket and really enjoyed the show. Think that I will write a blog.

So...I am doing some treating of me during this week off. Now, I wish that I could have a second week off, please....

Posted by: Frances on 5th Mar 2009 at 12:35AM

Camilla's Avatar If I had a magic wand Frances, I would use to make your vacation a bit longer. I had not heard of the Magazine you mention, thank you for that, I will seek out. Just wish that I could sew or embroider, perhaps is not too late to teach myself.

How wonderful to have seen the Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, and I believe Angela Lansbury is the actress we see quite a lot on TV over here in England.

You deserve those treats Frances, especially when you work so hard at the shop.


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Posted by: Camilla on 5th Mar 2009 at 01:11AM

Frances's Avatar Camilla, I have finished the tiny 84, Charing Cross Road. It is a delightful book for anyone who loves to read. Quite poignant also about how folks can connect, yet never actually meet.

It is never too late to begin to try one's hand at various textile crafts. They are all based on just going one stitch at a time. That is what makes them so relaxing, and easy to master.

Posted by: Frances on 5th Mar 2009 at 01:21AM

Camilla's Avatar Thank you Frances,

I will order the book from my library, although I have two books on the go at present, so will add to my list. From the storyline I thought it was sad that the american lady never did get to meet that famous book seller from Marks and Sons.

I can knit a little, knit one pearl one, so good to perhaps begin with a tiny pattern.


Posted by: Camilla on 5th Mar 2009 at 01:42AM

Frances's Avatar Definitely, Camilla. If you can knit one and purl one, the rest will unfold very easily. Great part of knitting is ... if you make an error, it is so easy to pull it out, and try again.

I have always loved knitting, and will always think of my great Auntie Mae, who taught me, with every stitch I knit, or purl.

Getting late in Norfolk. Is it not about time for you to head on over to that land of nod?

I will bid you sweet dreams now. See you tomorrow evening. xo

Posted by: Frances on 5th Mar 2009 at 01:49AM

Puffin's Avatar Dear Camilla,
What a treat- a piano concert--including -Moonlight Sonata-
One my Mother used to play at the farm in a darkened
living room while I sat on a large Pineappple carved sofa
with my Grandmother .It would be summer,but a nice breeze
came in a window over looking one of Grammie's gardens.

I agree with you that it is sad that more people no longer read
or share books with their children.
We were a family of reader's,I learned well before I started a formal school education. Dickens,etc.came first,
When I was very small it was the covered wagon days,which Mother enjoyed too,that were read to me by her.
Goodness-- The Good House Keeping-what a collector's dream.
And the little sister's -how sweet.
Seashell did watch your Lovely messages of ' Hope' you
treated us to,last night.She loved it.
Thank you again for sharing.I look forward so much now to our nightly visits.


Posted by: Puffin on 5th Mar 2009 at 02:21AM

Camilla's Avatar I shall be seeking out those knitting patterns and wool along with needles, not sure if the chosen article will do the job!

My mother was a great knitter the speed of those needles I was always amazed to see.

I am off to bed now, night night Frances, sweet dreams, see you tomorrow. Look forward to hearing how your lovely free day goes.


Posted by: Camilla on 5th Mar 2009 at 02:22AM

Camilla's Avatar Hello Puffin.!! thank you.

I loved reading your post about how your mother listened to the music when you were younger, along with memories of your Grandma too. Have you thought of perhaps writing a blog Puffin, would be lovely to hear about some of your lovely stories you tell us.

I love Dickens too, book shelves here are stuffed with them, glad to know that Seashell enjoyed the video, hope she is well, have missed her these last few nights.


Posted by: Camilla on 5th Mar 2009 at 02:28AM

Camilla's Avatar Sorry Puffin, I am off to bed now, it is late here, but no work later today.

Night Night, sweet dreams, see you on the perch tomorrow.


Posted by: Camilla on 5th Mar 2009 at 02:30AM

Puffin's Avatar Hello Frances,
What a great way to give yourself a treat.
I will have to watch Bob as he will have us on the train to N.Y.
To see 'Blithe Spirit '-- We miss coming down,so much.
I have a set of 45's of Marlene the Cafe de Paris in
London on her openeing night.Noel Coward introduces her.
They were great friends.
It was so hot that the ice melted in the glasses,almost instantly.--My Mother's 2nd cousin-covered it for The Toronto
Telegram.-I saw her on-her last tour in Boston,Mass. and she wore the same dress-the almost see through one. and the white feather long wrap.I adored her.I have some of her 78's
in German.

Posted by: Puffin on 5th Mar 2009 at 02:41AM

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