#Weekend Coffee Share

If we were having coffee, I’d have to offer you a huge woolly jumper and possibly even an overcoat.That is, even though it’s now Spring in Sydney and Summer is just around the corner.

After offering you warm Spring sunshine with your coffee a few weeks ago, I apologise for rain, freezing winds and a sudden drop in temperature. Even though it’s Spring and the weather is usually pretty temperate all year round, Winter has struck back with a vengeance refusing to let Summer move in.

Kirribilli Club

Views across Sydney Harbour from the Kirribilli Club

So far, the highlight this week has been going out for lunch with my husband, Geoff, at the Kirribilli Club overlooking Sydney Harbour. We popped down there after a very intense appointment with my lung specialist, where we really did have good news but that still didn’t ease the pain of delving into all that stuff all over again. Seems I’ve kicked off the lung infection and had some improvements so it was good news after all. https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/09/26/lungs-lunch-and-violin-just-an-ordinary-day-in-paradise/

My beloved violin.

My beloved violin.

After lunch, we headed up to my parents’ place to pick up the kids, who’ve been staying there for a couple of days. I’d specially taken my violin along and had decided to have a “jam” with my mother who is a pianist. This was all very good in theory but we were sharing the music between us and either one or both of us was sight-reading and my bi-focals were struggling to read the notes at times. All things considered, we didn’t sound too bad and I’ve extended my repertoire to include a few pieces from Les Miserables.

Through the week, I’ve continued my ongoing journey through the Proust Questionnaire on my blog. Having already tackles happiness and feat, this week I looked at the trait I deplore most in myself and the trait I deplore most in others.

In terms of the trait which I deplore most in myself, that was a fear of making mistakes which stops me from even getting started at times. https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/proust-questionnaire-making-mistakes/

Shark-Eaten Sponge Cake

Shark-Eaten Sponge Cake

When it came to the trait I deplore most in others, I chose bullying because it involved an unfair abuse of power. https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/proust-questionnaire-bullying-is-the-trait-i-most-deplore-in-others

Embracing my mistakes was good preparation when it came to road testing my mother’s famous Sponge Cake Recipe and although it was almost perfectly cooked, I must have taken it out of the oven only 1-2 minutes too soon and the top of the cake got stuck to the wire cake rack and ripped away like a gaping wound. Then, the kids starting hacking into the poor cake and it looked like it had been mauled by a school of sharks. https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/09/22/shark-eaten-sponge-cake/

The Dogs and I. They both decided to pile onto my lap at once.

The Dogs and I. They both decided to pile onto my lap at once.

By the way, I’m yet to introduce you to our two dogs: Bilbo and Lady, who both decided to get up on my lap tonight. Bilbo is a 9 year old Border Collie and we’ve had him since he was a pup. He is obsessed with chasing tennis balls and has even trained up other dog walkers at the beach to throw the ball for him. He’s very smart. Lady is a 3 year old Border Collie x Cavalier and we’ve had her for a year. She came from a farm in Tenterfield, a town made famous by Australian performer Peter Allen who wrote an incredible song: The Tenterfield Saddler. When Lady arrived, she brought along a bunch of indestructible fleas which I called “The Tenterfield Travellers”.

We have now finished our first week of school holidays. One down, one to go.

I hope you’ve had a great week!

Have a great week-end! And don’t forget to visit Diana’s blog. She hosts weekend coffee shares. You can even leave your own post in the relevant link.

Due to the school holidays, I’ll be keeping a low profile so it will take me a while to reply this week.

xx Rowena

19 thoughts on “#Weekend Coffee Share

  1. Ula

    Sorry to hear your weather is still cool. Fall has been warmer than usual this year around these parts. I even went swimming last weekend. Lunch sounds good. Good to hear your lungs are better. Your dogs are super sweet. I love dogs. Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. TanGental

    so glad the lungs are improving. And I hope you have some sun soon. We are off to our place near the Suffolk coast so some bracing walks with Dog are anticipated.

  3. New Journey

    So I offer you a cool glass of ice tea or iced coffee…we could sit outside under the umbrellas as it is in the 90’s here….even though its the first day of fall has come and gone…we would chat about our kids, husbands and whatever else came up…. all the time throwing the ball and Frisbees for the dogs….I will have by then made your mums sponge cake, so we would have a piece with fresh whip cream and strawberries…please lets make this a weekly chat, we can quibble about who’s house we will be at….LOL wish it was possible………xxkat

  4. Stephanie

    Yes hasn’t the spring weather taken a turn for the worse. We packed away the heaters last weekend and hubby is not willing to bring them back out now that they are packed away. Yay for good news from the doctors. The Kirribilli club is a great spot for the view and as to the cake, the kids must know they are on a good thing !

  5. roweeee Post author

    Thanks Monika. Missing the puppies at the moment. So used to my furry shadows. Enjoying our holiday and have some incredible tales of encounters with Australian wildlife for our return. xx ro

  6. roweeee Post author

    Hi Ula. We have finally traded in the cold for perfect weather on the North Coast. Too mant shark attacks locally to risk swimming but got my toes wet. Had some interesting encounters with Australian wildlife xx ro

  7. roweeee Post author

    Hi Geoff. We ecaped the cold and flew north to the Byron Bay hinterland. So good to get away to our home away from home at Geoffs sisters place. Much writing to come. looking forward to reading your books when i get home. Enjoy the coast and walking with the dog xx Ro

  8. roweeee Post author

    Sounds good kat. Dare i say that we could be entertaining snakes if we had coffee up here.? No exaggeration although after 2 sightings, it has been keeping a low profile. Currently exploiting local cafe with free wifi xx ro

  9. roweeee Post author

    Thanks very much, Derrick. Being able to breathe properly is something you take for granted until you cant. All smiles now xx Ro

  10. TanGental

    I’ve been covered in dust. My two have just got themselves a flat and it falls on their parents to act as project manager (her) and general dogsbody (me)..

  11. Tessa

    I always wanted to visit Australia, but seriously doubt that will ever happen. And not the outback either. Not into that type of vacation LOL!

  12. roweeee Post author

    Tessa, you are more than welcome to enjoy online visits via my blog. Most of my visitors are from overseas and I like to share the place, especially because it’s so far away. I* have been right across Australia a few times by car, plane and train and that was an experience. Hard to comprehend the vast distances out there and the vastness of space. I couldn’t live out there but it has a unique beauty but you do need to search for it xx Rowena

  13. roweeee Post author

    Thanks very much Stephanie. Sorry it’s taken me so long to reply to your comment but I was away without computer or Internet access.
    I know what you mean about packing things away. I had to dig my woollens out again and when we went to Byron Bay, packed our Winter clothes and just a few summery things and it was hot, despite the weather report. Typical! Hope you’ve had a great week. xx Rowena

  14. roweeee Post author

    It is good to find you share these issues with others and I’m sure so many people do this that we’re definitely not alone. I am an extrovert but I do get anxious and can be a bit of a perfectionist, at least about my writing. Trying to chill out a bit more and just embrace the mistake. Usually, it’s not the end of the world.

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