Weekend Coffee Share 22nd May, 2016.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share. I apologise for adding two posts to the link up but I added the Chocolate post by mistake and being well past my bedtime, I’ll have to leave it be.

This week I’m asking you to fasten your seat belts for what’s not quite a 1000km drive from the NSW Central Coast to Surfers Paradise on Queensland’s Gold Coast. We’ve driven up here for the weekend for Geoff’s sister’s 60th Birthday.

So, in addition to offering you the usual choice of tea or coffee, I’m also offering you a glass of bubbly sarsaparilla, a popular Queensland drink (which could well be root beer in the States).

However, before we get too settled on the Queensland side of the border, I thought I’d fill you in on the previous week.

Last Monday, I finally had an ultrasound done on the lump on my arm. While the lump felt noticeable enough, it proved quite difficult to pick up on the ultrasound, which is a good thing. It meant that it showed no sign of being a cyst and is probably a lipodema or bubble of fat. That was naturally quite a relief as I was concerned that a weird lump on the arm could be a secondary for much bigger troubles lurking somewhere else.

What a relief!


A Cappuccino & A Mookie…What more could I want?

On Wednesday, I caught the train down to Sydney to for an appointment with my neurologist. That was all expected to be pretty routine. However, the appointment is not the story.


Meeting My Mookie, Koi Dessert Bar.

Rather, it provided the justification for me to check out the Koi Dessert Bar in Kensington Street, Chippendale not far from Central Railway. Of course, I had to change trains at Central and so this provided the perfect justification for what really was quite a detour from my appointment in St Leonards, on the opposite side of Sydney Harbour and there are other, much more efficient stations for changing trains than Central but they didn’t have dessert bars. More to the point, they didn’t have a dessert bar run by last year’s Masterchef Dessert guru, Reynold, to tantalise their taste buds and lead them completely astray.


Reynold…The King of Desserts.

Needless to say, I was completely blown away by my dessert experience which you can read about here: My Affair With Chocolate Mookie

After leaving Koi, I walked around the adjacent streets, photographing crumbling old buildings, posters, graffiti as well as checking out a few of the shops. This used to be the Tooth’s Brewery site and I still remember workers wearing blue singlets and Stubbies (shorts) pouring out onto George Street as I walked past on my way home from work.

The vibe around there is very different now.

It was quite a nostalgic journey and I would have loved more time to head down to Glebe and revisit Sydney University, where I did my degree. So many fabulous memories and seemingly no chance of going back.

Anyway, that was Wednesday done and dusted.

Friday, was spent in the car driving up to Geoff’s other sister’s place in the hinterland behind Byron Bay, which is our base for the weekend and we drive home Monday. We had a wonderful picnic in Surfers Paradise and went back to our niece’s stunning hotel win expansive view across the bright lights of Surfers and out along the beach. Brought back many memories of childhood holidays there.  I’ll be writing more about that during the week and for next weekend’s Coffee Share.

I also wanted to apologise for being a bit off the air of late. The A-Z Challenge took a lot out of me and writing about some difficult times for me, raised many questions and dragged me down further than I’d thought. It is great to be a survivor and overcome your hurdles but I am still human. That so-called process of “moving forward” is actually much more complex than we’d like. It’s great to get an ink pad and stamp “better” on our foreheads,  but perhaps “Work In Progress” would be a more honest and realistic descriptor.

It’s done me a lot of good to get away and have such a change of scenery this week.

Anyway, how was your week? I don’t have Internet access at the moment and am posting this by connecting my  laptop to my husband’s phone. I didn’t want to miss you all, even though I’ve slacked off lately.

Hope you’re all doing well.

This has been another Weekend Coffee Share. Please click here for the Linky

Best wishes,



25 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share 22nd May, 2016.

  1. TanGental

    Sorry to hear you were pulled down by the A to Z but no one I saw put as much effort in as you. How the chocolate perked you up anyway. Me, i had a fine old week culminating in a friend’s daughter’s wedding with the Vet as Maid of Honour. It was beautiful.

  2. Catherine Cheng, MD

    Hi Rowena!
    You really did work so hard in that challenge, and you deserve a break! Nice to have you back, though, and with such joyful food porn! 😆
    Now I know why we are called ‘survivors’ of the challenge, woooey!!
    So may I ask how these coffee shares work?
    I write a post specifically to share over coffee and the post it on the page you linked to above? Looks fun! 😊

  3. Corina

    This year I learned something valuable from A to Z. I learned that I should not try to blog about a very “heavy” theme every single day. Not good for me and not good for my readers. With my “abuse” theme, it was very difficult to stay positive and in a writing frame of mind. I was very glad when April 30th rolled around!

  4. Tails Around the Ranch

    You can post about chocolate and coffee as many times as you want. Happy Birthday to your sister-in-law. Birthdays with a zero are extra special. 🎂
    P.S. Glad to hear the lump was not an issue. ღ

  5. Nancy

    A busy travel filled week! Glad things went well medically. By the way, I love the phrase “done and dusted!” That is a new one for me.😊

  6. Deb

    Thank goodness the lump was ‘nothing to be concerned with’. I have them too. Mostly in my legs. The dr just keeps an eye on them.
    You did a great job on the A-Z challenge! I haven’t been able to read a lot of them yet, but I will and I could tell a lot of work went into them. I couldn’t get the last few days written on my look-back theme. It was too soon for me to attempt to do that!
    Glad you are able to get away for a bit a recharge.

  7. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Merril. We had a great time, even though much of it was spent in the car. I ran into an old friend at the markets and it was so good. I have quite a few stories to tell. INcluding being bitten by these insects I’d never heard of called midgies. I am covered in bites and had an allergic reaction and the itch has largely defied antihistamine, calamine and a gel. Didn’t notice the bites at the time but someone mention that they’re worse the next day and they weren’t wrong. I might talk about snakes, drop bears and sharks, but I’ve never been bitten by any of them. The midgies are much, much worse. Hope you’re going well! xx Ro

  8. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Merrill. I am still itching. Wrote a post about the midges tonight and posted some photos of my stunning hives. I’m off to apply some more cream. xx Ro

  9. Rowena Post author

    That dessert was awesome!
    The midge bites have been intense. Still using cream and antihistamines and feeling okay. Will be more careful in future but fortunately they don’t have them where we live…phew! xx Rowena

  10. Rowena Post author

    Reality isn’t too catchy either, is it?!! I agree with your “learning to live better alongside things”. I am doing a lot better at that after much experience! xx Rowena

  11. Rowena Post author

    I’ll have to read more of your posts. I tend to get pretty deep so I can see myself turning something light into something probing. Philosophical. Hope you’ve had a great week xx Ro

  12. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much for the encouragement, Marje. I am feeling better and bouncing back. I made Nigella’s Nutella Cake tonight adding whipped cream and raspberries in the middle. It didn’t quite go according to plan but still tastes pretty good and I think it should go better next time. I hope you’ve had a great week xx Rowena

  13. Rowena Post author

    You must have been so proud seeing the Vet all dressed up as a bridesmaid. How beautiful. I remember how proud my Dad was walking me down the aisle so this is a precursor perhaps.
    I seem to be perking up. I know all the things I need to do to keep myself in a good head space but threw all that to the wind when those letters were in full swing and everything was finally coming together so well. I’m pleased I did it but will try to to bite off such a big project next year. That said, I made a similar effort last year. Not as encompassing but still full on. Maybe I’ll have to do humour or jokes next year.
    I made Nigella’s Nutella Cake today, not that she’d really want to be affiliated with what we’d code named “The Earthquake”.
    My mother always warned me never to make something for a special event which you haven’t made before. God thing I was only experimenting on my family. Best wishes, Ro

  14. Rowena Post author

    Hopefully I’ll nail it when I bake it next. Needs a bit of jiggling and translating from a domestic goddess to a mere mortal.
    By the way, there’s a photo of a dog at a lemonade stand in my post about Bangalow markets, which I think you’ll like. It’s right at the end. xx Ro

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