Weekend Coffee Share…15th June, 2020.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

This week, I have a very special treat to share with you…a magical chocolate cupcake. After watching Masterchef, I went the extra mile on these and pulled out the piping bag, giving them a knockout chocolate fettuccine hairstyle. However, you have to fight for them. Before I’d iced them, the dogs stole seven of them. Can you believe it?!! What’s more they didn’t left any evidence. Not even a crumb on the bench. It’s like the simply vanished. That’s why they’re magical cupcakes. Anyway, I took them along to Church for morning tea and they were shown off under the glass just like in a real cafe and they looked a million dollars. So, I hope you enjoy them.

chocolate cupcake

As we meet up for another Weekend Coffee Share, I wonder what’s going on in your neck of the woods and how you’re going.

Our world is so churned up at the moment, it’s hard to know quite where to start and considering I’ve been living in my cave, I’m not even going to try to comment on what’s going on out there. I keep seeing flashes of things on the TV and no longer know what to make of anything. I just can’t understand why people can’t all just be people, see others as people and just show some respect. For me, the Golden Rule offers a simple guideline on how to treat people. It’s not rocket science…treat others as you would like to be treated. You can even take it a step further and apply the inverse Golden Rule, which aims to treat people as they would like to be treated. Of course, this has nothing to do with racist violence.

However, here in Australia, we had a magnificent example of how we can get it right when rescuers developed a personalised rescue plan to find a missing non-verbal youth, Will Callaghan, who is on the Autism Spectrum. The outpouring of love for Will and his family was really phenomenal and truly warmed my heart. So much so, that I had to write about it myself: Finding Hope On Mt Disappointment.

After that, much else fell into flat relief.

However, I had a bit of a turning point for myself.

I went to the shops.

I didn’t immerse myself in the shops. Just popped in to pick up a lay-buy and was twinkle-toeing like a burglar trying to get in and out without coming into contact with anyone, and most importantly maintain social distancing so I didn’t inhale the same air. However, the shop is still closed until further notice, which was rather disappointing after working myself up so much just to be able to walk in, pull out my credit card and pay for my grey tutu skirt.

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Even sitting at a humble picnic table has been mission impossible during the coronacrisis. 

OMG! Living during this coronacrisis has taken the simple, and turned it into the ridiculous. However, I still can’t be too careful. The virus is out there, although in the case of the Australian context, that’s becoming doubtful. However, there’s still the odd isolated, unexplained case and I don’t want those to include me. Moreover, now it’s cold outside, it’s becoming more comfortable at home.

After navigating my way around the shopping centre successfully, I decided to attend our Church life group on Friday night. It was being held at our friend’s place which is perched up on poles in the gum trees. I love his place, as it’s filled with all sort of eclectic vintage and antique treasures and looks like a cosy museum. Everyone was really upbeat to be back together again, but it took me a bit of time to get my bearings, find a seat which social-distanced effectively and I was really grateful that my friends understood and didn’t treat me like a fruitcake, because I’m not naturally a germophobe. This has been thrust on me by my damaged lungs and the virulence and sneaky habits of Covid 19.

On Sunday morning, I went to physical Church for the first time in about 3.5 months. Our Church used to meet at the local community centre. However, the local Anglican Church went on the market and we decided to throw our hat in at the auction. Then, there was an anonymous million dollar donation and a phone call to the bank to find out about those mysterious zeros in the balance. Anyway, Sunday was our first service in the new building and what with us all coming out of lock down like something off the set of Sleeping Beauty, we were all so happy and bouncing all over the place. We had a BBQ afterwards of bacon and egg rolls and I was too embroiled to eat it and after having two friends pass me wipes to remove dripping egg from my personage, I decided to take it home where I could concentrate. I’m one of those people who spills their coffee while their talking on an ordinary day, let alone when I’ve been let out of isolation after 3.5 months, we’re in our new church home and surrounded by dear friends. Indeed, this is the sort of thing which can light all your matches at once and you can combust like in that book/movie by Laura Esquivel: Like Water For Chocolate.

By the way, my weekly walk continued. I went for a walk along Pearl Beach with my friend Roland on Thursday. We’ve walked along Pearl Beach before, although last time we took on the Western headland and walked around the rocks. This week we stuck to the sand and walked along the beach. There was a massive white cloud hovering above the horizon which looked like a massive white cauliflower with dense, tight curls. It was quite mesmerising and it had that feel that it could “beam me up, Scotty”, like a spaceship.

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The Spectacular Cauliflower Cloud. 

Then, we a pod of dolphins a few metres out. They seemed to be forming a circle around a school of fish. They were so much fun to watch, but unfortunately eluded my efforts to capture them with the camera. I wasn’t surprised as they’re difficult if not impossible to photograph but it would’ve been nice.

I turned back and noticed our footprints stretching back behind us in a perfect trail. There was perhaps one other person on the beach and we were just out of reach of the waves. I quickly took a few photos, as I sensed a poignancy there. Walking with my friend. It’s not something I do very often. It’s usually more of a case of “coffee”, which lately has been more likely to be a cup of tea. Thinking about it, that’s something I’d like to change as I like being in the outdoors and I need to do more walking.

By the way, I’d lost track of how long we’ve been hibernating at home. We checked out the usage on Geoff’s train Opal card, which he uses to get to work. That was last used on the 17th March, and I was probably in isolation a week or two before that. That means I’ve been in iso now for roughly 3.5 months with only going out for exercise until last week. So, i’m feeling a bit like Sleeping Beauty heading back out there again. Or, perhaps I’m just Sleepyhead.

The strange thing I found stepping back out there again, is that some people haven’t been out of action at all and have been out and about. They almost don’t comprehend that people like me have been out of circulation for 3-4 months and for some of us, we were also in a different form of lock down escaping the bush fire smoke last Summer. I’ve been very grateful to have my writing and research and indeed this time being locked away has really made a difference on that front. Doing my writing and research at home is my usual modus operandi but there isn’t that menacing threat out there and I can have a more balanced lifestyle and not be shut away from my friends both the ones I see on a more intentional basis but also the ones I see regularly when I’m out and about, especially at the dance school. I want you all back. Is that too much to ask? That said, I’ve been mighty grateful for all my friends on the blog. You’ve got me through, not only the coronacrisis, but life and I appreciate you so much.

Anyway, I asked you at the start how things are going in your neck of the woods, so that’s where I’ll finish up. how are you?

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

Best wishes,

Rowena

10 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share…15th June, 2020.

  1. House of Heart

    Cream and sugar please. It doesn’t sound too bad over there Rowena, it’s utter chaos here I’m the US of A. So scary. Be safe and well. ☕️😊

  2. lindamaycurry

    I’ve been hibernating too for the last three months and had my first coffee and cake in a cafe just a few days ago. We are actually driving to Canberra to see our son and staying in an apartment for two days. Such a feeling of freedom! Our gym and pool is opening next week. There is still that niggling fear that it is lurking out there and we mustn’t relax our guard too much.

  3. Rowena Post author

    Wow! A mini holiday. It sounds great, especially to see our son again. I’ve just got off the phone to my lung specialist who is quietly confident we wont go back to where we were as long as the borders stay shut, and he can’t see that changing any time soon. I think it’s good for us to stay cautious and it will also do a lot to keep flu and chest infections down. Looks like you have great weather for your trip too. Lovely sunny day here.
    Take care.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  4. Rowena Post author

    The infection rates over there are rampant, even though your population is higher. It must be very stressful having these high infection rates for such a long time. It’s been stressful enough here. We were initially following italy’s curve but somehow managed to get down o a couple of community transmissions a day along with a few people returning from overseas in quarantine. Yet, many of us are still being cautious here. Me more than most due to my health situation. However, things are slowly coming back together, or moving towards a new norm. Stay safe.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  5. Sagittarius Viking

    Reading between the lines I get the impression that you feel a little more comfortable with the situation around the virus now? I’ve sent many prayers for all the people in risk groups.

    The golden rule is something we talk a lot about at home, and in my class. I think it really covers everything.

    Thank you for the coffee and that fabulous cupcake! It was delicious!

  6. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Monika. I made some more yesterday…Orange cupcakes made from oranges leaning over our back laneway. Geoff walked in with one and I asked him if he could find any more. I don’t think the flavour was quite up to hop bought orange and seemed a bit muted. Following the recipe for the icing, I couldn’t taste the orange at all and kept fiddling until I’d run out of icing sugar and the icing was just a bit too wet to pipe well but was just right with the level of citrus. I’ve been watching Masterchef, and it’s clearly gone to my head.

  7. Rowena Post author

    Glad you enjoyed the cupcake, Maria. I made more today and took them out and they all came home. These were orange cupcakes made from oranges hanging over a fence into our back lane way. I told people they were made from Oxford Street oranges and they thought I was talking about Oxford Street Paddington in Sydney which is quite upmarket rather than our humble, local alleyway.
    I am starting to feel more comfortable going out but still definitely social distancing, even though there’s virtually no transmission here. There’s still the usual suspects and it’s Winter here and I’m healthier than usual.
    Hope you have a great wk.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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