Weekend Coffee Share – 6th April, 2020.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

This week you’re in luck. I can offer you a lusciously fresh, Orange Buttercream Cupcake with raspberries on top. My husband dropped off a box of three to my parents and brother in Sydney on his way to work this morning. In keeping with social distancing regulations, he simply left the box on their doorstep, knocked on the door and was off. Mum had a lovely surprise. My Dad doesn’t like icing so his was plain, which looked like he was missing out alongside the rest. Dad was pleased I remembered, although Mum said she could’ve cut the top off. I warned her all that icing could have made her sick. It’s very rich.

cupcake box Pymble

Mum sent us this photo of the cupcakes we dropped off. As you can see, two of them had evaporated soon after delivery.

I’m pleased we got in touch. I haven’t seen them for a couple of months. We had to cancel a get-together for our kids’ birthdays because we had colds, not knowing what was to come. I should’ve pushed a bit harder and got something organized. However, you know how it is. You always think you have forever. Who could’ve predicted this was just around the corner?

I obviously don’t know how the coronavirus is impacting on you, your family and friends and community. However, I would love to hear from you and come together around this online cafe and share our experiences. I live at Umina Beach, just North of Sydney, Australia. The whole country is close to being at home. Most state borders have closed and in Western Australia, they’ve even set up regional zones for containing movement. This is really good, and it’s making life a lot easier for people who are at high risk of not only catching the virus, but also having a dire outcome. This, unfortunately, includes me but for once, I’m not alone. Most of the country is in the same boat and people are rising to the challenge.

At this point in Australia, the impacts have largely been economic and around 1 million people have lost their jobs. The government has responded by increasing welfare payments, but it’s hit some people very hard and losing your job is always painful. Fortunately, Geoff works in IT for a university and so far, so good. He’s an essential worker. He lost his job back in the GFC, so we went through this back then and know that pain and hope you and yours have managed to avoid it.

While still on the subject of Coronavirus, I also wanted to share something I posted earlier tonight….Every Home Is Now A Stage. As you may be aware, musicians and performers around the world have been posting free performances online with a view of lifting our collective spirits and so I decided to put a selection of these together to share with you. There are contributions from Jimmy Barnes, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the National Gallery and I had to include a clip of feeding a baby koala at Taronga Zoo, which made my heart sing.


Meanwhile, I’ve been taking part in the annual Blogging From A to Z  April Challenge. My theme this year is “Places I’ve Been”, which has a travel and photographic feel to it with a bit of introspection and philosophy thrown in. The alphabetical aspect to this challenge always makes it interesting, because there are always some letters where you have a plethora of options and it’s really hard to boil it down to one. Then, there are other letters where you really have to struggle to come up with anything and the results can feel quite random. I chose this theme, due to the current travel restrictions and I wanted to spread some joy. It’s also been very therapeutic to revisit these places myself and to realize that despite illness and parenthood, I am still a traveller.

Here’s are my posts for week 1:




Devonport, Tasmania.

Have you been to any of these places? Or, perhaps you’ve lived there? I’d love to read any reflections in the comments below.

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

We hope you and yours stay safe and well.

Best wishes,




8 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 6th April, 2020.

  1. Tails Around the Ranch

    Our far flung family has started doing Zoom video calls to keep in touch (especially useful with parents just shy of 90). It gives the siblings a way to catch up and mostly figure out what day of the week it is since time has pretty much stopped. And it’s allows us to speak love to one another even if just through video. Stay safe, stay home and keep smiling.

  2. Lizl Bennefeld

    The cupcake looks scrumptious! I had strawberries from the fridge, though, to put on my yogurt, last night. Love the strawberries!

    We are not in “lock down” mode, here, but most of the stores that remain open have curbside pick-up only. I have been sending my husband out to do the grocery shopping, since I cannot use soap or hand sanitizers. He’s enjoying finding errands to run to get out of the house. 😀 Our state, North Dakota, is one of the states not participating in the nationwide lock-down, here in the United States. Generally, I feel comfortable and quite safe. Since the most recent winter storm passed through, I have gotten out with my camera, again. Barefoot, today, with the temperature above freezing.

    Liking your photos. Not much of a traveler, myself, and so travel photos are fascinating.
    Best wishes for your week!

  3. Nancy

    What a clever and challenging A to Z! Can’t wait to read them all. Your muffins look amazing and I really wish they were not just virtual for those of us in the Blogosphere! Your lucky parents got to enjoy the real thing. Glad you are staying well and safe at home. Here in the US, New Jersey in particular, things are much the same. We have many cases in upstate NJ but less down where I live, so we are all home waiting things out. Be Well and thanks for the (virtual) coffee.

  4. Rowena Post author

    HI Nancy,
    It’s interesting to hear how the coronavirus is affecting different places aand how there are clusters of infection and equally places which aren’t so affected. I have a number of ancestors who somehow survived the Irish Famine and came out to Australia. It’s totally beyond my comprehension how they made it, but erhaps there were also pockets then where they weren’t as badly off. I hope you ad your stay safe and I’d better head off to Florence soon. I need to scan my photos.
    Best wishes,

  5. Rowena Post author

    It’s interesting that North Dakota isn’t in lock down. All of Australia is in lock down, or at least serious self-isolation and it’s had a good impact. It’s also good because we’re all in it together but apart. I have chronic lung disease and I usually end up have to isolate while the rest of the world goes on. This is much, much better.
    Sounds great getting out with the camera. Been taking it out on my beach walks.
    Take care & best wishes,

  6. Rowena Post author

    You would love Tasmania. It’s very peaceful, green and other worldy. While the architecture etc isn’t that old in terms of Europe, it does have an old worldy feel, at least to me. The food is also magnificent and that’s one of the things I missed most when we got home.

  7. Rowena Post author

    I know what you mean about struggling to know what day of the week it is, and worse still, most of the time, it doesn’t matter.
    I think I’m going to try Facetime with my parents first but we might try a zoom meeting with all of on our assorted devices.
    Are things pretty much in lock down in Denver? All of Australia is in social isolation. It’s starting to wear a bit thin but it’s worth it and I do need to get myself out for a walk. That will help and if I’m brave enough to take Zac, he’ll love me forever.

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