Cowart's Common Room
Mossy Lark

Congratulations to Camilla for forsaking the weed. Let's hope her sinuses will pay an early dividend.

The morning is forbidding - great rolls of grey cloud sweeping up from the Bristol Channel and the day still struggling to emerge from the shutters of night. And now comes heavy rain.

A deeply depressing talk at the Philosophical Society last night about health security - or how the human race might survive, if not in perpetuity, then at least for the next few hundred years in the face of climate change, population growth, aspirations for ending poverty, antibiotic resistance, food security, global pollution, nuclear war and so on. If the first one doesn't get you then the second or third will. I don't suppose we shall 'all go together when we go' as Tom Lehrer used to sing; pockets of humanity may survive but we shall be knocked backed a couple of hundred thousand years. This is what anyway most of us concluded.

But life for the moment goes on. Exceptionally busy just now coping with a flood of orders and all the problems of the handover, urgent, troublesome, stressfull stuff, the sunny uplands of retirement still far away in the distant hills and perhaps none existent. And all the while the Black Dog rushes round in circles yapping, keeping me awake - or what is worse - killing my deep sleep so that I stagger about like a zombie.

Someone came to the door yesterday offering to remove the moss from the roof. I am afraid I was rather short with him. But no wonder he came for the house, overnight it seems, has started to look like the Woodcutter's Cottage from Hansel and Gretel. Never has moss grown so fast! It seems to come and go by itself, though, and scraping it off may do more harm than good. Google seems divided on the subject.

But I must go. Have a good day everyone. Keep on the dolly mixtures, Camilla. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 7th Nov 2018 - 08:30AM   Posted by Fennie   Mossy Lark Comments: 11

Withy Brook's Avatar There may seem to be a wall between you and retirement, but it is surprising how quickly you will find if fading away. Good and bad in the belated rush of orders. You could do without the extra work as you are trying to wind up but good that ‘they’ want your stuff. Perhaps you should put out a last date for orders now to let them know and give yourself some space?
I sometimes think of the uncertain future of the human race but then put it away and bury it deep, as I hate to think of my descendants being faced with whatever happens.
Hate these cold callers who want to do things to the house. Never trust them unless you can get a good report of their work from someone you know. Glad you sent this lot away.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 7th Nov 2018 at 09:10AM

Fennie's Avatar Withy, the date is set for the end of next week though I fear that the hand holding I shall have to do after that may almost be worse than doing it myself. The customers will not go away. I must try to offer help and guidance but not to interfere.

Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 7th Nov 2018 at 10:36AM

Camilla's Avatar Morning Fennie and Withy,

Thank you for posting for the larks Fennie.

We have some moss growing over the guttering at the back of the house too but we are not fit enough or brace enough to get up that tall ladder so it will have to wait until next Spring when my odd job man can help out .

I try not to watch the news anymore that is all very depressing too no good news and watching it only makes me very depressed even though there are some important issues we need to know.

I hope you will get more time for yourself Fennie once you hand over the business and as Withy says perhaps you could put out a last date for orders now so that everyone else knows.

Thank you Fennie re the weed I have almost run out of Dolly Mixtures must buy some more today but what worrys me is all the sugar I am consuming now that I have stopped the weed.

Have a good day everyone .
Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 7th Nov 2018 at 11:26AM

Camilla's Avatar Ah I see that you have mentioned above that the date is set for the end of next week for the business . I worry that although as you mentioned you will feel the need to give some 'hand holding ' to your next buyer of the business, the customers although I know you worry about them in your kind heart and want what is best for them, but it seems it may end up being a double partnership with the business and you doing all the work, leaving no time for you to have some extra space to do what you want in retirement Fennie... I say this only because we all worry about you.

Posted by: Camilla on 7th Nov 2018 at 11:33AM

Fennie's Avatar No, no. All will be well. I moan a lot but do not worry, just old bones, or old minds creaking. Besides there are all the other things I am involved in so there will be no peace for the wicked. But do not worry I am a big brave soldier. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 7th Nov 2018 at 12:44PM

Camilla's Avatar Well good for you Fennie, phew.!Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 7th Nov 2018 at 05:51PM

Camilla's Avatar Wanna share some of my dolly mixtures?Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 7th Nov 2018 at 05:51PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Don’t worry too much about the jelly babies. Just make sure that as you find not smoking a little easier, you try to reduce the jelly babies too!!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 7th Nov 2018 at 09:21PM

Fennie's Avatar Think I would prefer some of your ciggy's. Perhaps a roll up!
Made with Samson or Drum tobacco. Something anyway without a filter. But it's a fantasy. I'll stick to a cup of tea and a digestive biscuit. But thank you, thank you. Lovely kind gesture. Don't ask for a roll-up though!

Incidentally last evening at the Philosophical Society someone commented that people were healthier during WWII because food was rationed, but yet they died earlier than we do today on average. But of course nearly everyone smoked.

Just been to the launch of two books in Colwinston the nearby village where the children grew up. Books on the history of the village, which is remarkable in many ways. Among other things it is a 'thankful' village one of only six in Wales from which a contingent of young men went off to fight in WWI and who all came back again. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 7th Nov 2018 at 09:54PM

Camilla's Avatar My daughter and son in law use Drum tobacco FennieVery Happy

Going to look into those two books Fennie on Colwinston thank you .

Posted by: Camilla on 8th Nov 2018 at 10:06AM

Camilla's Avatar Will do thanks Withy.

Posted by: Camilla on 8th Nov 2018 at 10:06AM

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