Weekend Coffee Share: March 12, 2016.

Welcome to another Weekend Coffee Share. Not that we’ll force you to drink coffee here. Whether you’re feeling like coffee, tea, Hot Chocolate or apple juice, we’re only too happy to oblige. That is, as long as you don’t ask us for Bonox. We don’t have any Bonox. We’ve never had it. My mother has always offered guests coffee, tea or Bonox and I don’t even know what it is. At least, she means well.


This week, our son celebrated his 12th Birthday. Actually, to be honest, I’m not sure that he really celebrated because like so many birthdays, things turned pear-shaped and the house resembled a war zone. Okay, maybe not a war zone but it certainly wasn’t all happy families. I don’t know why birthdays and special occasions seem to bring out the worst but it almost seems inevitable. Perhaps, our expectations of a perfect day turns everything upside down. Anyway, at least it finished on an upbeat with an excited Happy Birthday at Scouts. Scouts are easily pleased. They can’t resist my chocolate chip cookies.


Trying to find our son birthday presents was quite a challenge. No longer a child, the range of options seems to be narrowing down . We’ve given him Lego for practically every birthday to the point where I started feeling like it was a cop out, stopping us from putting adequate thought into what we were giving him. Moreover, his Godmother was giving him some Star Wars Lego…a safe thing to suggest. The day before his birthday, we still only had one small gift and couldn’t think of anything. While, on one hand, this could be interpreted as a first world problem, what is also a first world problem is the struggle to feel loved. While money can’t buy love, not buying your child anything for their birthday would certainly have ramifications…especially when their sister received the new Star Wars BB8 Robot only two weeks beforehand. Anyway, I was on he way to Kmart and decided to pop in on a small strip of shops and see what I could find there. Bingo! I found a Himalayan Salt Lamp as well as a thunder egg and a beach towel. I was stoked. Mission accomplished.


Sea Gulls Reaching for the Sun.

Thursday morning, we woke up to find our entire beachside town covered in a very thick blanket of fog. Indeed, I had quite a shock when I opened the front door and walked straight into it. We’ve never, ever had fog like that here before and it really did feel quite surreal. What was going on? I didn’t wait to find out. I dropped the kids off and headed down to the beach with my camera to see what I could get. It would either be a complete white out or something I’d never forget.

Indeed, I captured some of the best, most atmospheric photos I’ve ever taken. It just goes to show that you don’t have to travel or spend a fortune to find incredible inspiration but you do need to be prepared, have faith and have the capacity to down tools and make a run for it. Here’s A Photographer’s Dream.


Our daughter at the Sirius Cup, Balmoral Beach, Sydney.

By the way, I should’ve mentioned that when you pop around for coffee this weekend, it’s almost eerily quiet. You see, the kids are away with Scouts competing in the Sirius Cup and camping at Balmoral Beach on Sydney Harbour. Geoff and I thought about going with them but the prospect of a quiet weekend at home was too good. The Sirius Cup includes sailing and kayaking races and well as Iron Person events. Our kids are both kayaking. Haven’t heard too much about what they’ve been up to as yet but stay tuned.

Before I head off, thought I might encourage you to try writing Flash Fiction. There is a weekly challenge run by Charli over at Carrot Ranch where she provides a topic and you need to write 99 words exactly…no more, no less. Initially quite surprised by what I could actually write in 99 words, I’ve since gone on to find something quite incredible in this shortened format. Its quite a challenge to tell a story in only 99 words including all the usual components of a story…beginning, middle, end and a complication. Yet, similar to Haiku, that shortened format can make the story more intense. I love it. To find out more and even have a go, head here.


Mister & Rufus

Last week’s theme was library. I ended up writing about Rufus, our late Old English Sheepdog. A rescue dog in the true meaning of the term, he was a very troubled but also equally loving dog who illustrated that mixture of dark and light which lives in us all. You can read it here.

The previous week’s theme was “gallop” and I wrote about a little boy who galloped through Church while they were singing “Jesus loves the little children” attracting disapproving stares and glares from the congregation: The Galloping Little Man.

It seems I have quite a heart for the underdog…a strong sense of social justice. I guess you’re probably not surprised.

Anyway, I hope you’ve all had a great week and if things haven’t been so good, I’m thinking of you. You don’t have to pretend here. You’re always welcome.

This has been part of the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diana at Part-Time Monster Part-Time Monster Here’s the Linky.

Best wishes,


19 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: March 12, 2016.

  1. roweeee Post author

    Thanks very much, Sarah. Hope you’ve had a great week. Just baked my son a rainbow cake filled with swirling M & Ms for his birthday dinner before picking them up from their Scout camp. It’s been great to have a breather this weekend! xx Rowena

  2. Barbara In Caneyhead

    Life sure gets busy in a hurry, does it not? I remember my son, about that age, started wanting all things camouflage. And I know it doesn’t seem very personal, but most teens love to have cash or gift carLife & Faith in Caneyheadds. I don’t even know what two of those presents are! LOL Time to go search google.

  3. roweeee Post author

    Offering coffee, tea or Bonox seems to be an old Australian phrase and Mum still offers people Bonox at times even though I can’t ever recall us having it.Once, someone did ask for Bonox and that had Mum going. I’ll check out the commercial xx Ro

  4. roweeee Post author

    Thanks, Monika. That photo was taken a few months ago at a French cafe in Sydney. It’s actually located inside a historical Police station, which is quite fun! xx Rowena

  5. Lori Carlson

    Thank you for the delicious coffee and chat. Love the picture of the beach covered in fog! Gorgeous! Sounds like you had a lovely peaceful time with the kids away. Have a great week, Rowena 🙂 Cheers!

  6. roweeee Post author

    Thanks very much, Lori. The beach was incredible. We’ve since had very heavy rain and I’ve had to drive through deep water to get my son to school. It was sort of exciting, scary and all. You never know what the day is going to bring. I ended up doing a 1.5 hour return trip as my daughter missed the bus after school.
    The weekend was bliss…so straight forward! xx Rowena

  7. Charli Mills

    Not surprised at all you have a heart for the underdog! Thanks for the coffee and the signpost to Carrot Ranch. I really wanted to have that cup of coffee in your hands. 🙂 Sounds like the birthday worked out. I was struck by the truth of this statement: “what is also a first world problem is the struggle to feel loved.” Sometimes it is difficult to show love when the pressure is on us to find the right gift. Love the salt lamp! I have one of selenite and it is such a warm glow throughout the year.

  8. Lori Carlson

    I do miss the beach. It’s been oh gosh.. 18 yrs since I’ve been to the beach. Hard to believe it has been that long. Stay safe during those downpours! Scary stuff when waters get that high

  9. roweeee Post author

    Can’t believe it’s 18 years since you’ve been to the beach but then every place has its own experiences. I haven’t been swimming this Summer but I do walk along the beach and love taking photos down there. I went down there just after sunset this afternoon. I was driving my daughter aound and noticed these huge white clouds and dived home to pick up my camera. My son wasn’t too keen for me to head off chasing clouds again with my camera. I have a short memory. I swore I’d behave myself after getting caught in a hailstorm last time. We lost part of our roof in that one. Need to behave myself!
    I drove a different route this morning and missed the floods. Phew! xx Rowena

  10. Lori Carlson

    Yeah, I spent several springs at the beach when I was in college, but then lived in the middle of the country (OK) for 9 years. Back on the east coast again, but just haven’t had the opportunity to go to the beach yet.. about a 6 hr drive for me to the closest one. Hoping to get there this summer. So glad you avoided the flood waters 🙂

  11. roweeee Post author

    Thanks, Lori. I posted some of the photos I took down at the beach of the clouds yesterday. Didn’t get any shots of the floods. Probably just as well given my history with getting in trouble photographing storms xx Rowena

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