Weekend Coffee Share…23rd July, 2018.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

This week, I’ve been a bit of a bower bird and we’re enjoying the warm fire at the Central Coast Bar and Grill where we indulged in a scrumptious Sticky Date Pudding. Indeed, we loved it so much, that I had to make one for dessert last night and added some pecan nut praline for good measure. Dinner was supermarket lasagna just in case you think I’m about to enter Masterchef myself.

Amelia Coast Quest

Last week, was jam packed with rehearsals and performances. Our daughter competed in Coast Quest with her dancing and went extremely well. Well, perhaps “extremely” is being a somewhat over the top. However, if you’d seen her beaming smile when she came second in her ballet solo and third in her contemporary (with a higher mark of 89), you’d understand. We don’t receive many awards, so these were pure gold.You can read about the the full experience here.



The kids were also performing in the  Scout & Guide Gang Show with four performances at Laycock Street Theatre. The show was fantastic, and this was more our son’s turn to shine. He even made an appearance as NASA astronaut Michael Collins from the Apollo 11 (moon landing) mission. He delivered his lines well and smiled throughout the entire show. He looked like he was having a ball. Our daughter’s involvement was cut back due to clashing commitments with dancing but just managed to stay in the show. It looks like it will be her last. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time last week in the audience. It is a role I cherish, and I turn it into a much more active role by encouraging the performers. I also love watching the performances, and really feel quite privileged. I’m definitely not there under sufferance.

Last week, I also took part in Friday Fictioneers. I actually had two attempts this week, after some feedback, and my second effort An Unpredictable End was much better received.

The kids have been on school holidays for the last two weeks, and school goes back tomorrow. So, I’m thinking along the lines of getting organised for the term ahead while writing on the blog. That works, doesn’t it? Humph…

Anyway, it’s actually a beautiful sunny day outside. Well, not quite as warm as I’d first thought. It’s about 18°C so still not what we’d consider “balmy”. It’s still rug-up weather as far as I’m concerned.

Hope you’ve had a great week and I look forward to hearing from you!

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

Best wishes,


7 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share…23rd July, 2018.

  1. Gary A Wilson

    Ah – great parent memories from some parental peers down-under.
    Our kids did Scouts, Ballroom Dancing and a Speech and Debate team.
    Those last two were rich with competition opportunities so we too spend lots of time in various audiences cheering them and their friends on to great memories.
    Thanks for this reminder.

    Adult-ing is sometimes a pain,
    but Parenting – never.

  2. NorCal Zen

    I love the photo of your daughter! She looks so proud. I bet she worked very hard to get there. How wonderful that both your son and daughter ended their time off school on this high note 🙂 it must be a wonderful feeling. I can understand that you must be very proud of both of them. I’d love to be in that audience! I’m not much for going to shows, but if my kid were in one, nothing could keep me from coming 🙂

    Have a wonderful new week! Best of luck with your writing ❤


  3. Rowena Post author

    HI Maria,
    Thank you so much. I never really went to shows until my kids were performing and our daughter has been in so many even though she’s only 12. They’ve mainly been through her school choir and dance involvement. So, she hasn’t been there as a star. However, we’ve seen such a range of performances and have learned so much while also enjoying the entertainment. I’ve taken it upon myself to actively encourage these young performers rather than just occupying my seat in the audience.
    It’s very rare that I actually make it to see a professional show, although my daughter and I went to see Matilda in Sydney.
    So far, this week seems to be slipping by, although I have managed to get a few things done. I went for a detour via Terrigal beach on my way home from an appointment yesterday and had a fisherman’s basket on the beach and took some photos. The sea gulls are always eager performers, especially when there are chips involved.
    Hope you’re getting through your time without your daughter okay.
    Best wishes,

  4. Lorna

    Well done to your crew! Isla’s a dancer now, too. She says she wants to dance ‘all the time I’m in school.’

  5. Rowena Post author

    It’s wonderful, isn’t it! BTW how did you choose the name Isla?Do you have any connection with Islay the island? My family does way back there on my grandmother’s side. I haven’t been there but would love to.

  6. Lorna

    No connection. It’s just the only girls name we could agree on. Isla has always been Isla. We’d like another baby, and there will be extra interestingness if we have another girl.

  7. New Journey

    She really is a beauty!! I wish my kids were more into school activities. But they both wanted nothing to do with them. I respected there wishes and let them follow there hearts. I envy you!
    Kids just went back to school here in Yuma. XXkat

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