Weekend Coffee Share…22nd June, 2019.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

Apparently, today marks the Winter Solstice here in Australia, although in typical form where nothing is certain or guaranteed, the shortest day might actually fall either side of the anticipated date. So sad, too bad. This is when this little black duck is going to celebrate and all that entails is a sigh of relief that this freezing cold weather is about to head North. Tomorrow we’re looking at a minimum of 7ºC and a freezing maximum of 15 ºC. For those of you who are thrilled to experience these temperatures at the height of your Summer, I apologize for our inability to handle the cold. However, we do know how to handle the heat.

Catching up on the Weekend Coffee Share wasn’t all I missed last weekend, although we crammed a lot in resulting in a total rest on my part for a few days afterwards. Our daughter danced with her school at Starstruck in Newcastle. We went to the Matinee performance and caught up with my cousin and her daughter until we picked Miss up afterwards. Sunday, Miss and I were off to Sydney where she competed in the State Allschools Aerobics Championship. They did well but didn’t place. So, for better or worse, they’re not off to Nationals in Queensland. My best friend from school joined me to watch her compete and we also caught up for coffee and cake. So, while I can taking our daughter all over the countryside last weekend, I managed to catch up with close friends and made the most of it.

Thursday, my daughter and I were back on the audition trail. She auditioned for a climate change video in Sydney. She didn’t get through but we had a wonderful afternoon exploring Surry Hills which is one of my favourite escapes after medical appointments in Sydney which justify my going off the grid for a few hours. My Dad’s family settled around Surry Hills and Paddington from around 1850 through to around the 1930s. While they’ve left no footprints in the streets, a few of their former homes still stand and the family stove-making business at 90 Fitzroy Street is now a framing gallery.

For those of you who haven’t been to Surry Hills, it’s located about 3km from the Sydney CBD and is noted for it’s terrace houses, tree-lined streets and village atmosphere as well as it’s artistic and LGBTIQA communities. For a place in the midst of Australia’s New York, its friendliness and village feel, is very refreshing. People greet you with a smile. Have a bit of a chat and you might even find a dog or two keen to meet you as well. I’ve done a few blog tours through Surry Hills before. I can’t stop going back.

Here’s a link to our last trip to Surry Hills: Surry Hills Through The Lens

As it turned out, I forgot to pack my book for our day trip to Surry Hills. While my daughter and I might’ve chatted all the way on the train to and from Sydney, I realized she wasn’t going to be that chatty after her audition. I am not good at just sitting like a dodo staring at the wall for over an hour. So, we headed back up to Crown Street where I’d spotted a bookshop…salvation! I bought two books by Stephen Fry: Mythos and Heroes. I was hooked and my wallet was a lot lighter.

By the way, the book I was reading back home was Kate Grenville’s, The Secret River. I’ve had this book for awhile and should’ve read it ages ago, but you what it’s like with the book pile. There’s a lot of good intentions, wishful thinking and plans. Then, you spot another book out of left field and it jumps straight to the top of the queue. I don’t know about you, but I hesitate to relocate my book pile to the shelf, because I really do intend to read these books and know I’d never get through them once they were consigned to the shelf. In other words, the bookshelf is a death sentence. That explains why there are more book stacks in our place than a library.

All that aside, my biggest news from last week was that I’ve started a new blog to start building up a community around the book project. You can now also find me at The Shadow Hunter’s Quest. This is where I’m going to start posting stories about my family within their historical context while weaving my storyteller’s wand. I’ve picked up a lot of additional information and stories which I also thought I’d stick in this blog. I’m still ironing a few things out and will add a few more posts before I go for something of a launch. However, you’re welcome to pop over for a sneak peak. I’m planning to write a coffee share over there as well.

So, that’s enough about my week. How about you? What have you been up to? I’d love to hear from you!

This has been another contribution to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by  Eclectic Ali. We’d love you to pop round and join us.

Best wishes,




14 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share…22nd June, 2019.

  1. Tails Around the Ranch

    Happy winter. Our first day of summer had temperatures in the 50’s F. Mother Nature has things all mixed up. Wet and cold, it’s 45F currently. At least it’s not snow like the mountains are receiving. 🙃Happy weekend.

  2. Rowena Post author

    Hi Monika,
    It’s great to catch up. Ouch. It’s cold up your way for Summer. My hands are purple and like ice blocks much of the time. However, it’s only for a few weeks. The other thing about the cooler weather here is that our homes aren’t made for it. They’re built more for the heat and there isn’t much point investing in too much for the cold as it will soon be over.
    Did you see the video I posted on FB about the dog at the graduation ceremony? It’s so funny and the dog looks very much like Zac.
    Anyway, enjoy the rest of your weekend.
    Best wishes,

  3. Dan Antion

    You’ll have to remind me in December about the heat you’re dealing with. I’m not going to feel too bad for you with this blast of cold weather. Still, I understand, it’s all in what you are used to.

  4. Gary A Wilson

    ah yes, the curse of non-chatty kids. My wife and I still joke about how few words our kids find to keep us posted. If they could answer a question by sending us a mime – they would – in a heart beat.
    What have I done wrong. . ?

  5. Rowena Post author

    I share your pain, Gary. My best remedies to date are talking in the car, cook a great meal and eat at the table. I also try not to attempt conversations when they’re tired or have just arrived home. They both need to recharge a little before they come out.

  6. Rowena Post author

    I didn’t expect to much sympathy from most of the people I blog with who are overseas. We’re a pathetic bunch here when it’s cold.

  7. maxwellthedog

    Hey Ro, is there any truth in the rumor that all this traipsing about with your talented kids is merely a cover so you can find new spots for cake and coffee? We’re getting suspicious…

  8. Rowena Post author

    HA! The coffee and cake is compensation and their activities, along with my medical appointments, are a good excuse for getting out and about.

  9. Astrid

    Happy winter! The temperatures reached 35 degrees Celsius here in the Netherlands today, which I know is nothing compared to what you guys down under get in summer.

    I am so glad your daughter got the experience of auditioning, even though she didn’t make it through. I’m glad you could use the opportunity to catch up with friends.

  10. teachezwell

    Wow! You do pack a lot into your days. I laughed at the image of stacks of books and how the book shelf is actually a death sentence. Too funny! Your photos are great, too! Hope your daughter was okay with her efforts and continues to move towards her goals.

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