Weekend Coffee Share October 1, 2016.

Welcome to another Weekend Coffee Share.

How patient are you? I could get you a cuppa now or you can wait until the Mars Bar Slice has set. Or, you can be like the kids and I can cut you off a piece still dripping with melted chocolate. They were heading off to bed before it set and who can wait til tomorrow for Mars Bar Slice? Have you tried it? It is wickedly good.

I hope you’ve had a great week. What have you been up to? You know there are no secrets around here. Well, there might be a few but no one can dob us in, can they?!!

We have just got through our first week of school holidays and Geoff took the week off work. We are having a “staycation”. Well, three of us had a staycation, while we dispatched our son off to a three day beginner’s sailing course during the day. Next week, both kids will be doing a three day sailing course, despite my daughter’s concerns about Australian wildlife lurking under the waves. It doesn’t help that there’s been another shark attack at Ballina, near Byron Bay this week. To be honest, a shark would be pretty daft to swim around a noisy a group of kids. The din would be enough to send them swimming away to save their own sanity.

Tuesday was a huge day. I had a half-yearly check up with my lung specialist as well as lung function tests, which seem designed to make me cough and cough until I almost expire but then I’m free to go. The appointment and the tests went as expected…no better, no worse. See you in six months. That’s a good sign, considering where I was! Much to be thankful for as well!

After my appointments, we’d planned to go sailing at Palm Beach with my dad and the kids. However, while I was coughing my lungs out in the machine, the wind had built up steam as well and was gusting at 30 knots. There wasn’t even much discussion. The Captain had spoken. No sailing.

“Not happy, Jan!” (This commercial is really worth seeing. It’s hilarious! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2akt3P8ltLM )

Anyway, I compensated by heading out into my parents suburban jungle of a garden with my camera and photographing fallen camellias, a striking tree without any leaves and my feet walking through the forget-me-knots. I ended up lying down in the grass using my camera bag as a pillow and listening to the wind tinkling through  the leaves. I don’t know when I last lay down in the grass and watched the clouds pass by. Most of the time, we don’t have much grass in our garden at home and when we do, it can be quite a jungle.

I must do it more often. I rarely even sit down at the beach. I’m always walking…and throwing Bilbo has ball, of course. You try telling a Border Collie he’s had enough. He doesn’t know the meaning of enough…especially when it comes to chasing balls and food.

Anyway, after roaming through the garden, we drove up to Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River on the way home and played explorers. Funny how we managed to find a fish & chips shop. We only ordered chips but then a couple of chickens and roosters wandered in, giving a different interpretation of “chicken & chips”. Actually, they were all rather fond of eating chips and it’s certainly a much better alternative than being served up alongside them on the plate. Indeed, you could say they were rather demanding…”Chippies!!!!”

You can read more about our Day Trip to Brooklyn

We usually eat pretty healthy food here but school holidays are a different story and surely I deserve a bit of time off as well, especially given the persistence of “The Cough”!

So, after picking our son up from sailing, we headed over to Avoca Beach and had fish and chips and a fisherman’s basket for dinner. Not sure I’m really pleased about finding this place because the seafood was exceptionally good. I want more and I can see myself sneaking back and making  devious detours. I wonder if I keep eating fish and chips, whether I’ll be able to swim like a fish? After all, people keep telling me anything’s possible when you put your mind to it. What do you think?

My husband thinks I’m crazy but he hasn’t had me locked up yet.

Rainbow Lorrikeet

Making the most of where I am. This photo was taken in our backyard…a Rainbow Lorrikeet in a bottlebrush tree. It could so easily be described as just “a bird in a tree”.

Inspiration hit hard last night so I’ve been scrambling away researching, writing and things are coming together well. Stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted but the story is based on my explorations in my parents’ garden. A simple theme but profound about the amazing things lurking right under our nose, while were longing for foreign fields. Making the most of the moment. With my health issues and having the kids and not being able to travel overseas, I am good at this. Blogging has really helped because it’s given me a greater appreciation for what I have here because it is exotic and amazing to someone over there.

I finally watched “Eat, Pray, Love” the movie this week. My husband wasn’t a huge fan and disappeared but Bilbo came and sat on my lap most of the way through it and didn’t complain. Mind you, that could have been because he was asleep.

It’s been a few years now since the book came out and my friends and I were reading it when our boys first started school. That was 7 years ago. We all had young kids and there was no way we could just take off and leave them behind for 12 months. However, I do remember drawing a line in the sand and deciding to explore local places and I’ve followed through on that right up to our day trip to Brooklyn this week. You don’t need a pot of gold or endless time to travel. Indeed, travelling and exploring are a mindset and it doesn’t really matter where you are because you’ll always be turning over fresh stones and looking for what’s lurking underneath.

I also remember refusing to accept mediocrity and that started with moving to a new cafe. We didn’t look back.

BTW, I almost forgot to mention that I joined in with 1000 Voices for Compassion this week, writing Compassion: It’s Complicated. No matter how much I try and help people, I’m forever making mistakes and letting people down and I think we all need to be more forgiving.

The clock here goes forward an hour sometime during the night and much to my horror, this is where we gain an hour to lose an hour. It’s never made any sense to me. By Monday morning, things usually make sense but you need to watch out if you work Sundays or head to Church. You can easily get caught out.

Anyway, it’s time for me to stop rambling and philosophising  and to click on the Publish button and get some sleep.

Hope you’ve had a great week and please share your news!

This has been another Weekend Coffee Share. You can click through to the Linky to read some other posts or to join in yourself.

Love & Blessings,








23 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share October 1, 2016.

  1. thecoffeebeanbrain

    How fun for the kids to go on a sailing camp. Glad to know you’re lung tests went well although I agree the test itself can be quite stressful for someone taking it. I love Eat, Pray, Love! I was travelling locally when I read it a few years back and you could imagine how surreal it was for me. It has opened my mind in a lot of ways. 🙂

  2. Rowena Post author

    It opened my mind up a lot as well. It was really helpful to revisit it again via the movie and I should flick through the book again. I underline books as I read, making it easy to go back.

  3. Rowena Post author

    Tara, I’m so with you! Thanks for popping by. I’m about to hit the linky and start my Sunday coffee crawl. xx Rowena

  4. Rowena Post author

    I like that idea of using different colours for each time you go back. That’s a great idea, because you can pick up on different points depending on what’s going on at the time.
    I’m not surprised EPL has three colours. I’m quite a fan of “Tuesdays With Morrie”. Have you read it?

  5. thecoffeebeanbrain

    Yes, Tuesdays with Morrie is my first Mitch Albom book and I got hooked with his works ever since. This one touched a core because there are several teachers in the family and I ended up teaching part time myself. I can’t remember how many times I’ve read (didn’t start highlighting then) but I get so many new insights each time.

  6. Rowena Post author

    I’m also hooked on Mitch Albom and have one of his on my pile. I think it has something to do with a musician.
    Have you ever read “Letters to Sam” by Daniel Gottlieb? I read this before “Tuesdays With Morrie” and it was excellent. Here’s a link to his website: http://drdangottlieb.com/
    xx Rowena

  7. Corina

    I love lorrikeets! Not only their colors but I love the singing. When I was in Cairns years ago, there were lorrikeets all over the trees across the hotel from us and right on the beach. Every evening we were serenaded by their chatter. It got to be that we didn’t want to be out of the room at that time so we wouldn’t miss the singing!

  8. thecoffeebeanbrain

    His latest is Magic Strings of Frankie Presto but I haven’t got the chance to read that yet. I haven’t heard of Gottlieb’s book but I checked the site and you got me interested. His quotes remind of Paolo Coelho’s , another one of my favorites. Thanks for the link 🙂

  9. Rowena Post author

    Gottlieb is incredible. He has a Jewish background and fuses that in with his experiences as a psychologist who became a quadriplegic in a car accident. He definitely has great insight. I want to buy more of his books but I’ll have to read some of the ones I have before I buy any more. I have a Paolo Coelho book but haven’t read it yet. We obviously love the same types of books. I can’t get enough of them!

  10. thecoffeebeanbrain

    I have to read more about him and find if there’s any of his book available here. I have several of Coelho’s and love to reread some once in a while. Most of his works are allegories with really deep meanings. And yes, I love it when I ‘meet’ someone who likes the same authors as I do. 🙂

  11. New Journey

    So glad your test results were no big deal…I always keep my fingers crossed when my husband has his pulmonary tests….see you in 6 months is always a really good thing….happy for you my friend….your parents yard/garden sounds amazing…and the pictures are great….good picture of you and hubby….love the bird in a tree…so colorful…..hope your enjoying your summer….xxkat

  12. Rowena Post author

    Thanks so much, Kat. Are you getting fed up with the US election? More coverage on at the moment and it’s creeping into every show and we don’t even live there. Well, I must be exaggerating but if you include ads, it might not be an exaggeration at all!
    We’ve been down to the beach a bit this week with the kids’ surf lessons and it’s been great.

  13. Joanna Lynn

    OK, first thing, the picture of the bird is absolutely gorgeous!!!

    It sounds like you’re having a good time with the family. Sailing camp would be awesome. It all sounds great except that coughing thing. Wow! So sorry about having to do that.

  14. New Journey

    The surf lessons look like so much fun and how surreal to have the monks on the beach with you….what fun…you do attar the wonders of life…I am so tired of the political BS in our country….I don’t want either to win, however especially not Trump…its getting embarrassing at what a circus it has become…I will apologize for the USA BS that your having to put up with…..believe me I wish Minnie Mouse was on the ballet…she would win for sure…all I know its going to be a scary next 4 years and I feel for the youth of our county….just sad!!!

  15. Rowena Post author

    That coughing thing is driving me nuts. I’m taking all sorts for it and then my daughter went to a soap soap called Lush yesterday. I used to love going in there but the cough doesn’t like it at all!! Had to stay outside and well away and she’s currently using it in the bath and I feel the effects two rooms away. Such a shame as it smells so good!

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