Weekly Chat, 26 February, 2012

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Weekly Chat, 26 February, 2012

  • On Monday Dau#2 invited herself here for Wed evening meal as her OH had a work event. She arrived at 1.30 pm!!!! To cut a long story short, LittleMiss had her long night sleep from 3.30 pm to 9.30 pm, by which time Dau had asked could she stay the night. She had come prepared with porta-cot & stuff & more stuff. Another feed sometime in the wee hours, another when I got up about 7 am. I left for lunch with a friend, returning home hours later to find a lone grumpy OH. Poor dear, his routine had been disturbed. So we went out to the Flying Knife for dinner.
    Starter to share: Tomato, spinach & feta loaf with prune & fig chutney. Delish.

    Main: South Australian King George whiting fillets (OH grilled, moi beer battered) with tartare, chips & salad. Whiting is a delicate white fish.

    Dessert: OH had warm chocolate, orange & cointreau pudding with ice cream & choc sauce. I had Meringue with ice cream chantilly cream & topped with mixed berry compote. The berries lovely & tart. It was huge, so I didn't quite lick the dish. LOL

    Cool change arrived and on Wed, rain. We had almost an inch. Today I buried some spring-flowering bulb I foolishly dug up last year. I know it is too early but I won't be capable later, so they must take their chances.
    I shall try to catch up on replies tomorrow.

    Friday Smiles

    It was very cold morning, and. a young man was stamping about the sitting room of his lodgings, when the landlady appeared with his breakfast.
    "I see the glass has fallen again."
    "The what, sir?"
    "The barometer has fallen again," he repeated.
    "Well, sir, if it has," replied the lady, "it must have been the cat, for I'm sure I haven't meddled with it."

    A woman and a man are involved in a car accident. It's a bad one. Both of their cars are totally demolished but amazingly neither of them are hurt.
    After they crawl out of their cars, the woman says, "So you're a man that's interesting. I'm a woman. Wow, just look at our cars! There's nothing left but fortunately we are unhurt. This must be a sign from God that we should meet and be friends and live together in peace for the rest of our days."
    The man replied, "I agree with you completely. This must be a sign from God!"
    The woman continued, "And look at this, there's another miracle. My car is completely demolished but this bottle of wine didn't break. Surely God wants us to drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune." Then she hands the bottle to the man. The man shakes his head in agreement, opens it and drinks half the bottle and then hands it back to the woman.
    The woman takes the bottle, immediately puts the cap back on, and hands it back to the man.
    The man asks, "Aren't you having any?" 
    The woman replies, "No. I think I'll just wait for the police . . ."

  • Drizzle this morning – and looks like it every day through weekend to Monday.  Got up early, so a bit of spare time to read overnight posts.

    Chloe – thanks for Moon pics – no clear sky here for a few days.

    Tiger – I do know about Storks’ poor parenting – but never seen it on a nest I look at – but I don’t watch for long, I just “pop in”!

    Brenda – well done with all that gardening – I only managed to re-pot one of my Geraniums and divide my French Tarragon yesterday!  But I always tell myself that one job done is another not to have to do!  (Poor English, but it makes sense to me!)

    Annette – you still sound weary – do please take care!

    AQ – funny that Daughter came equipped for the night!!  I am sure you enjoyed seeing Little Miss – if she was ever awake at the same time as you – apart from the times she made sure you were all awake!  I hope you enjoyed a good lunch with your Friend.  I expect your meal out to appease poor OH tasted much nicer being an ad hoc decision than if you had been planning it for weeks!

    Time to get hosed down to go out – still drizzling - hope it stops as I intend to walk between church hall and medical centre!

  • Good Morning ALL. Very foggy and damp morning earlier but looks as if the fog is beginning to lift now.

    AQ, Sounds as if a good time was had by all, despite the unplanned parts. Two meals out, in one day, must have been ejoyable.

    Thanks for the Friday Smiles.

    OG, Repotting and dividing French Tarragon are the gardening jobs that take more time and care. I am starting afresh with the herbs this year. Plants were getting too old, so that is one less job to do. I noticed that it was going to be a wet weekend, especially Sunday, so I was determined to get as much done as possible.

    We are going to the garden centre shortly.

  • OG I look at the stork cams and this one has 3 cams in different places.  Love the one that looks as though it is in a garden.  Imagine having those sitting outside your door.


    Tiger  has also posted the link to this.

  • AQ: The food looked delicious! The Friday smiles hilarious!

    Diane: I see that more "weather" is headed your way. Stay in a safe place. Do you have a weather radio? I think it might be a wise investment for you. I'm thinking I might get one, also.

    Saw my first robin the other afternoon when our winds were 25 MPH. He was all hunkered down with his feathers poufed out to keep warm. Probably wondering why he came back so early.

    Thanks to everyone for the wonderful chat and links.

  • Good morning all very misty again, but sun trying to come out.  I think it is a sea mist the way it is rolling around and we often get this at this time of the year.  Have just spent half an hour playing with Billie, she has been out and chased the cat away that is often in our garden.  No other cats are allowed as far as she is concerned.  She aways manages to spot it long before I do.  Now it has gone she has returned to bedroom window ledge.

    patriciat bet youwere so proud of Tweed.  As others have said I do hope you get "me time".  Has your OH recovered from the shingles?

    Sheila nice to see a post from you and do enjoy your well earned break in the snow.

    Alan that is very disturbing news about your security problems and the bank seeming to know less than you, very worrying especially as it is not thefirst time this has happened for you.  Thanks for the link to the egg at Bologna, another saved but goodness know if I will have time to watch all the cams that are atrive now.

    DjoanS so sorry your OH may have a problem, must be a worrtying time for you both,  Hope the autopsy results will turn out to be OK and you will be able to get away.

    NiteOwl we will be rushing around for the next couple of weeks or so as we know when the ospreys arrive we will want to be glued to our screens most of the time.

    Annette  lovely pic of the spice finches, love the markings on them.  Pleased you have regained some of your energy.

    OG lovely photos again and very interesting tree trunks.  LOL I do need to play football more often obviosuly I am not very fit at all. I only hope that Rhys will not want me to be goakkeeper as there would be more chance of me going feet about face to put it politely.  I do watch the stork cams on and off even though I know their parenting habits are not too good at times.

    dibnlib hope you are not feeling so "iffy" today.

    Heather hope your get and go has returned today.  As OG  says the get up and go times do get shorter as we get more matuirel.

    ChloeB lovely photos of the moon.

    Brenda amazingly I managed to stay upright playing football,  I am always ultra careful if I am running around.  Don't want anymore falls face down on the patio.

    AQ what are you trying to do to us with the pics of the scrumptious food you enjoyed.  That must have placated your OH after his trying time.  Thanks for the Friday smiles, very funny.

    diane have been thinking of you and hoping your are OK.

    Will wish everyone a good weekend in case I don't get on here  tomorrow.  Take care.

  •  AQ   That food looks delicious.

    Feeling a bit better thank you, but still not up to eating anything as wonderful as those pics AQ took.

     OG  That picture of the tree doorway as interesting- who knows what lurks behind them!!!!

    My contribution to the Fri smiles.

  • Joan my profound apologies for say autopsy instead of biopsy.  I feel dreadful for my mistate.

  • Just a quick few replies, sorry to be rushing....   Is Linda on holiday by the way? Did I miss her going off??

    Diane ~ I hope you are safe and well and that there wasnt any damage to your property, saw the bit on the news about the devastation.

    DJoanS ~ Hope your OH is OK and that he gets a good result from the biopsy.  Beautiful photos of the Blue Tits and Robin, so clear.

    Niteowl ~ Glad you liked the photos.   Dont mention spring cleaning LOL...  you are right there are so many threads now its hard to keep up with them all, once our Ospreys are back we are not going to have enough hours in the day to do everything we want.  (Somethings got to give) LOL!!!

    Annette ~ Those Spice Finches are gorgeous, great to see them in your garden.   Yes you are right about the 1% living in all that luxury, maybe it would get pretty boring don't you think LOL... having so much money I mean!!!

    OG ~ Your photos are brilliant as always, love the knarled tree, quite artistic in the composition, the nest in the tree looks like its ready to topple down. Well I hope not to see Iguana's that size running around in Melrose, dont think theyd last long in these temps.

    Heather ~ Have you been to the twin town Augsberg then?   Nice thing to be involved in.

    ChloeB ~ Lovely moon shots and cirrus clouds.  

    BrendaH ~ Yes it really tickled me that people were walking past the Iguana and didnt even notice him (he looks a he).. on the rock, people thought I was taking photos of the ship I think, after me being there about 10 minutes one or two stopped to take photos too.     He was a real beauty!   Although the green one in Aruba was more colourful.

    Dibnlib ~ Love your glasses joke, funny funny!!!!

    Won't be around now for a wee while, but will try and have a quick look in if I get some Wifi  to see if there is any news on our Ospreys.

    Take Care everyone, and Have a great weekend.


  • margobird

    Joan my profound apologies for say autopsy instead of biopsy.  I feel dreadful for my mistate.

    Don't worry Margo  ... I read your post and didn't even notice :-))

    EDIT - I have replied to your message.

  • Afternoon all,

    Mary : Linda went on holiday on 22nd Feb.

    Margo : Very misty here also this morning but has now cleared to hazy sunshine. Temp is now 9.9c.

    AQ : Thanks for the friday smiles.

    Everyone else thanks for the chat pics etc.

    Been doing a bit of gardening today as the forecast for the weekend is rain. Pruned our climbing rose and did some weeding and generally tidying up. Ground is very dry so if it does rain at the weekend it will be badly needed.

      The osprey watch site is really taking off. There were 166 nests reported the other day and now there are 251.



  • Rome : 3rd egg for Appio & Vergine:


  • Morning all: Sunny today and even warmer over the weekend, then cooling again next week.

    AQ: I would love the Flying Knife.  Funny how kids assume "su casa es mi casa" instead of the reverse. Good joke about the accident.

    dibnlib: My kind of glasses though not sure how much they'd improve my vision. :-)

    MaryGK: I would be willing to try being bored by too much money.

    Must really get to the grocery store today or Lightning will be without dinner and we'd never hear the end of it. Take care all.

  • Yaaay! The drizzle did stop, and we have even have sunshine now – but not worth changing into gardening clothes as it’s early dinner tonight to get to Dumfries for History (and J is going to help at the Annan Churches Together monthly Kids’ activity event).  Coffee morning was good – sat with (very) elderly friend who was getting agitated because similar (very) elderly friend hadn’t turned up – but she ended up deciding that friend has got more forgetful recently and needs a reminder on the day, not the night before!  Bloods session was fine – arm nice and warm, so vein was near the surface and gave up its contents willingly!

    Brenda – fog was forecast here, but I didn’t see it!  Mint is still going strong from family roots some many years ago, Sage was new last year, Rosemary just doesn’t thrive here at all, Tarragon does well in the greenhouse (outside in summer) if I keep dividing it – other “soft” herbs I grow from seed – probably next job in greenhouse!

    Margo – like to see the Storks elsewhere, but not sure I would want them flying around town – Pigeons and Gulls are bad enough!

    Bjane – Diane seems well-equipped and resourceful when it comes to storm protection – she is a very brave lady!  This is the person who stitched her own bad hand wound about a year ago!  She’ll turn her hand to anything.  Had a Facebook message to say she was good yesterday – nice spring day – but expecting it bad in about half an hour from now!

    Dibnlib – enjoyed the smile - LOL!  Sorry you are still not feeling good.  I was pleased so many people commented on the “Hobbit Hole” – I like those quirky sorts of pictures!  By the way, have you looked at Scotland’s Pictures today? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-17232153  There are several which I would label “the photo I would love to have taken”!

    Mary – yes, Linda is away (Canaries, I think) – left on Wednesday last week.

    Annette – feed that Cat!!!

    Hot Chocolate now, then will prepare vegetables, so I’m not rushing later.  J is going into the garden with a spade!!

  • Good Evening all,   Just a quick pop in and out, thanks for all the pic's the foody ones are mouth watering! lol :) Great Friday smiles too, I need glasses as well but I can't have the filling in those I'm afraid!

    ChloeB  You have inspired us both with your video of Rannoch Moor & Glencoe, we have just booked a cottage in October at the side of Loch Leven in Ballachulish! :)