Belated Weekend Coffee Share 29th May, 2018.

Welcome to a coffee share that is so late, that I’ve even missed the online deadline. The shop is shut, and for the first time ever, I’ve been left outside pounding on the door: “Let me in ! Let me in!”

Well, it’s my own fault. Even the extended weekend opening hours have to come to an end, and given that it’s now Tuesday afternoon, I am actually wondering whether I should be hosting a weekend coffee share after all. Isn’t it just a bit too late? Why don’t I save it up for next weekend?


Above: I am enjoying Autumn.

You see, the thing is that I actually had a very busy and exciting week last week and it’s actually too much to even condense into one week let alone spread it over two, even if the next week is looking rather empty after doing so much. Indeed, I’m currently needing rest and recover.

However, I also figured that some of us need that daily coffee hit, and perhaps a few caffeine addicts might be needing a mid-week hit.

So, given that I’m so far behind, I’m just going to take you through the highlights.

Last Tuesday, which is now exactly a week ago, I have a fairly important meeting with my lung specialist. My lung volumes have dropped by 20% in the last six months and instead of his usual: “I’ll see you in six months”, it was I’ll see you in two weeks and you need to have a lung scan and also handed me a swag of other tests. Well, I didn’t pass them all in flying colours. That goes with the territory. However, my lungs haven’t changed and that’s what really matters. So, from where I was coming from, I consider that good news.


After the lung specialist, I caught the train into the Art Gallery of NSW and saw the Archibald Exhibition. This is Australia’s most prized portrait competition, and it’s also been prone to quite a bit of controversy over the years. I am rediscovering my passion for art atm, and just even the sensation of looking at deep brush strokes carved through thick, luscious paint. I can’t explain what it does to me, but it like walking into a dark house at night and all the lights suddenly switching on at once. Wow! I wasn’t necessarily conscious of it at the time. However, I found myself drawn into the eyes and even zooming in and photographing just the eyes on quite a number of portraits. They seems to be telling me something, although in typical fashion, I can’t quite decipher the words and the messages is quite nebulous and difficult to untangle. Anyway, it’s left me wanting  to learn how to draw eyes. Humph..I ‘d probably be better off trying to trace around my hand. Art is an intimidating thing to step into. I was even anxious and crippled with self-doubt as a kid, and when my teacher picked me up on it, I wasn’t bad. Indeed, I got an A.

Anyway, I ended up writing two posts about my trip to the Art Gallery and this included a look at the importance of eye contact.


Moving right along, on Friday I caught the train down to Parramatta where Geoff and I went staying for a Couples’ Retreat with Muscular Dystrophy NSW. I am a member of MDNSW because my auto-immune disease is considered a neuro-muscular condition. The Muscular Dystrophy Association actually has quite a broad scope helping people with quite a range of very rare conditions under that one umbrella, which can ideally get the lot of us more acknowledgement and assistance. By bringing us all together, I wouldn’t call it a self-help group. I just see it as being like any networking meeting with colleagues. We encourage and understand each other and while most of us straggle to walk or are in scooters, wheelchairs etc, we still seem to “stand on our own two feet”. We’re a fairly independent bunch. Staff are there to facilitate the get togethers, provide additional information and are sort of like the backbone, which holds us together. I find it very important to mix with “my people” because I get sick of trying to explain myself everywhere else and it becomes a place of psychological, mental and physical rest. That said, I did become pretty animated meeting up with my own and I was exhausted at the end of the weekend, also because we pushed ourselves to see as much of Parramatta as we could. I could recover when I got home.


Writing with a real quill…Or, at least, being a poseur.

I’ve written a few extensive posts about our trip to Parramatta, and haven’t caught up yet. However, there was walking around the streets of Parramatta and talking in the historic St John’s Church and Town Hall while stopping off at cafes and being quite mesmerized photographing the fountain in Centenary Square. My husband and I are both photographers and see the world better through the lens. We also toured historic Elizabeth Farm, where you could interact with the exhibits and really get a feel for the place and Government House which had real artifacts and was much more stuffy.


I haven’t quite had time to write up about visiting Parramatta Park, which runs along side the Parramatta River. However, in addition to falling in love with the oaks trees in their glorious Autumn finery, we couldn’t but spot a huge tree where hundreds of cockatoos (Corellas) had found a home. They were making an awful din, if that’s how you interpret the screech of the cockatoo. Anyway, something scared them and all of a sudden the sky was filled with birds in a way I have never quite seen before. It was amazing and fortunately the camera cooperated and we managed to seize the moment. Yippee! Photography is so much like fishing and so often I’m left talking about the one  that got away. However, this time, I actually caught it.

a million birds take flight.JPG

Since returning home, I’ve had a big sleep. Actually, a number of big sleeps in addition to trying to share our wonderful adventures on the blog.

Here are some links to posts from my travels:

What Are Museums For?

A Weekend In Parramatta, Sydney

An Autumn Stroll in Sydney

Making Eye Contact At the Art Gallery of NSW

The Artists Behind the Eyes

We hope you and yours had a great week and that you enjoyed catching up with me for coffee and enjoying a little piece of Australia.

This has been another contribution to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Ecclectic Ali

Best wishes,



15 thoughts on “Belated Weekend Coffee Share 29th May, 2018.

  1. New Journey

    How ap para pro, I am sitting her drinking my first cup of coffee this morning trying to get caught up on my blog friends post. LOL So I am glad you insisted on banging on the door and they let you in. Lungs, tricky little beggars aren’t they!! Peter just finished seeing all his doctors for this trip and they were pretty happy with him, they did prescribe a new inhaler, 3 meds in one, a whopping $600 without a pre-authorization and 215$ with it. Doesn’t seem right!! So we have been gathering samples from the doctors to squirrel away. LOL I am always pleased if his test come back the same. I am not sure of his lung capacity but it is less than it should be, that’s for sure. On happier notes, your pictures are lovely .Parramatta looks like a delightful place to visit and soak up history all around you. Just wanted to drop in say hello, sorry I am so late all the time. Puppy is growing in leaps and bounds, up to 27#s all legs and just a delight to have around. XXXXkat

  2. Rowena Post author

    I waqs thinking of you on the weekend Kat, as I saw this enormous cactus and will have to post it on FB or the blog or something for you. It was in a garden so I couldn’t pretend I was in Yuma but it was a link.
    Sorry to hear Peter’s medications are so expensive. I’ve had that trouble myself at one stage but then they went on the PBS and I know get 3 boxes of a generic brand for $30.00 or similar. I used to have to get them from the hospital pharmacy and that was like picking up methadone where you put your script under a thick glass window window and the box came out the same way.
    Parramatta doesn’t have the greatest reputation, but like a lot of places, is being reborn and it’s really showing strong signs of promise as well as being a great place to visit in the present. Thought you’d be interested to hear that we spotted a group of Salsa dancers on Sunday afternoon which meets out in the mall. I wish I lived closer. It’s such a fantastic idea. I feel like there’s a part of me just busting to get out. Too repressed.
    Great to hear about the pup coming along. Ours seem to have settled down on the chewing front, although Rosie is a serious fetchaholic. Desperate intervention required.
    Have to pop round and check out the pup.
    xx Ro

  3. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Rowena. I’m glad you decided to share this post out. You read mine coffee share so you know I’m dealing with a bum back and I have some relatives with situations similar yours, so I have a distant idea of some of what you are dealing with. I wish I had the words to heal. In the meantime, I loved your post above and wish I did not have to get back to work. I did want to thank you for your kind words on my post – aren’t some readers just the best medicine for a down spirit? You might have noticed, my current project is a growing collection of humorous autobiographical essays – memories of growing up. I’m going for both funny and vivid mental imagery and would love your feedback. I’ve been told that my “Giant Inner Tube” story is reducing some families to tears of laughter and my “Kid Bomb” essay has made some (my aunt’s in particular) want to both laugh and slug me.

    Finally, it is so wonderful to have a friend in Australia. Feel free to stop by my virtual home anytime. For you, a hot drink will always be only moments away.

  4. SarahC

    coffee everyday, no problem! sometimes i get ’round to posting my ‘if we were having coffee” posts, well sometimes…..just cruising the Reader doing a Drive-by of reading out at the library, thanks for posting, I enjoy seeing countries Virtually as no way i am going to go there.

  5. Rowena Post author

    Sarah, thanks for popping by. I know what you mean about travelling via the Internet and people’s blogs. I do it all the time and have learned so much, that I could well have missed in person.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes,

  6. Rowena Post author

    That’s what the week is for…at least, for me. The rest of the family is out there in the world paving their way. I don’t know where I’m heading but right now I’m off for another cup of tea.
    Best wishes,
    PS Lady wanted me to tell you it’s been a busy day warming my feet under the desk and says hello to Max.

  7. NorCal Zen

    That is one busy, but awesome weekend, it sounds like. You can never have to much coffee. This was delicious! I’d have a cup any day. Eyes are so interesting! Both in real life, photo, and drawings. Eyes are magnetic. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos.

  8. Rowena Post author

    You’re welcome. I always feel photos are meant to be shared. Not kept locked up in albums or on your computer hard drive. The blog has really offered me a fantastic opportunity to share them.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes,

  9. treerabold

    So good to catch up!! Thanks for reaching out last night. Though I’m envious to know you were relaxing in your pajamas mid-afternoon. I’ve had such busy days and weekends lately.
    I’m happy to hear you have no change in your lungs.
    I enjoyed reading about your activities and fun times over the weekend. I think it’s great you went ahead and posted even though you miss the deadline.
    Take care

  10. The Broken Spine

    These are beautiful pics. It’s looks like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing and it doesn’t matter that the coffee is cold, because well I like a good cuppa cold brew.

  11. Rowena Post author

    Thank you very much. I must admit that I often end up drinking cold or luke warm tea.
    It was a lot of fun taking the photos. I really love photography. Can you believe we’re already through another week.
    Best wishes,

  12. New Journey

    Chika is a great fetcher,, just doesn’t want to give it up…tug of war is the game of choice, my cousin plays with her and she loves it, my shoulder joints won’t let me play that game LOL sometimes it the places with the “not the greatest reputations” that are fun to visit. When we travel its always on the off beaten path. well, ist cup of coffee gone, I think I am going to need one more this morning..LOL

  13. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Gary. Not sure if I replied to this comment earlier, or not. How is your back going? I’ve been feeling a lot better lately. Changed my GIRD medication and the cough has improved and I also think the chest infection has eased. Also had an iron infusion and that’s given me quite a buzz.
    I’ve been spending a lot of time over the last couple of months trying to wrap up my family history research on the Johnston side, but found out my 4 x great grandfather was a bigamist so only opened up another can of worms instead of closing anything up. Am now waiting for the transcript. I’m intrigued.
    Hope you’ve had a great week.
    Best wishes,

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