Weekend Coffee Share – 2nd November, 2020.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

Before you get too comfortable, we’ll need to duck down to the supermarket because I just saw these irresistible Apple & Ricotta Fritters with Cinnamon Sugar on TV. I’ve never made anything like this myself before. However, I’ve been getting quite adventurous lately and really want to give them a whirl. Here’s the link: https://www.farmtofork.com.au/recipe-index/apple-and-ricotta-fritters-with-cinnamon-sugar

Are you tempted as well?


Anyway, were you almost shocked like me that it’s now November and another year has almost gone up in smoke? I know this year is 2020, and it’s a year we’d all like to accelerate through, destroy, blow up, delete or all of the above. However, a year is still a year, and good things have happened in 2020. My cousin and his wife had a baby last week and friends got married and we’ve even been to a few parties lately. Of course, we’re rather shielded from the full impact of the virus and also extensive lockdowns here, but I’ve also been researching WWI intensively this year and that puts 2020 into perspective.

Last week was a bit clunky around here. There’s been the ongoing saga of our son’s subject choices for his last year at school and trying to keep him there for another year when he doesn’t need it to go into sound engineering. I’ve been doing my research which is very slow and I must admit I’ve been doing a lot of avoidance. I find it all confusing, and since I went down the university path and that was over 30 years ago, a lot has changed and I’m starting to feel like I’m from the era of the horse and cart (or is that actually his impression of me?) Not much has been said for a few days and he was home sick today. I can’t help wondering if I lie low and don’t say anything, he’ll accidentally get through Year 12 and he’ll at least have that under his belt before he heads off to TAFE to get a trade certificate to get into the sound engineering course he wants to do. However, this is probably too much to hope for and more stress is just around the corner.

Meanwhile, my research is progressing well. I’m still beavering away on my WWI research. I posted yesterday a South Australian farmer I’m researching, Herbert A Stewart who found close to 200 messages in bottles washed up on the beach near his home in Rendelsham , South Australia. He forwarded the letters onto their intended destinations with a cover letter, and there was one day where he found 47 bottles. So, at times he was really under the pump and while this would seem a unconventional way of supporting the war effort, it would’ve made such a difference to the families and friends of these men. I was also surprised to find that some of the messages in bottles thrown overboard in the Great Australian Bight were found in New Zealand. That’s extraordinary. I’ve also found it rather calming and reassuring to think about the ocean currents circulating around the world regardless of everything else that’s going on just like the sunrise and the sunset. There’s that continuity. At least, there was before cllimate change.

This afternoon, I went for a quick walk along the beach. Even though it’s almost Summer here, a cold wind was blowing and so I just did my walk and didn’t hang about. Not unsurprisingly, I almost expecting to find piles of bottles scattered across the beach after doing all my research. However, there wasn’t much to see on our beach today….just a jellyfish.

Meanwhile, it’s getting quite late. So, I’m going to head off.

So, what’s been going on for you? I hope you’re okay and keeping safe.

This has been another contribution to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Eclectic Ali: https://eclecticali.wordpress.com/

Best wishes,


15 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 2nd November, 2020.

  1. lindamaycurry

    My daughter did a TAFE course as part of her HSC. It was a travel course. It wasn’t a good decision as far as overall ATAR score was concerned but in your son’s case It might be a possibility to keep him interested. She travelled across to the TAFE for a couple of afternoons. I don’t know if it is still a possibility as it was back in 1997. Might be worth looking into.

  2. maxwellthedog

    Before we all mock 2020 and race to say sayonara to it, can we get a guarantee that 2021 is actually going to be better? By the way, I am jealous that you are going into Summer, my favorite season while we are going into Winter of which I am not a fan.

  3. Rowena Post author

    I’m a warm weather person, too, Tom. We probably get one to two months of real Winter here and that’s still relatively mild. That said, our houses aren’t built to withstand much cold either.
    I’m with you when it comes to 2021. As you could imagine with my health issues, I’ve had some shocking years where I’ve been ringing the gong on New Year’s Eve hoping, yearning for better only a few minutes later. The one thing that can be said with the start of a new year, is that many of us reflect on the last 12 months, where we’re heading and do at least try to lift our socks up a bit.
    The challenge for us where the virus is concerned is to remain vigilant when the transmission is so low. Even I have dropped my boundaries, and I was really careful. I’m not sure how to move forward but I am think more along the lines of running a marathon than a sprint.
    I hope you survive the election. It’s so intense over there and it’s painful even from here. I am really hoping Trump goes but don’t know much about Biden.

  4. Rowena Post author

    It hasn’t been too bad a year for us, but it is looking like 2021 will at least be better virus wise here in Australia.
    BTW I met a very friendly Old English Sheepdog down at the shops last night. I was in love. The owner was an older guy and they’d had one when his kids were growing up and now they’ve had their own kids, they asked him to get one for the grandchildren. Just like our Rufus, this dog was so incredibly loving and just adored being patted and rubbed and after you’ve had one of these, you could almost lose yourself in the clouds of fur. This one hasn’t been clipped. She also has the most incredible blue eyes.
    Meanwhile, a close friend of mine has got a puppy Sydney Silky I think it is. He is absolutely gorgeous too.
    Meanwhile, Rosie is bringing me the stick and is fortunately having a bit of a chew OUTSIDE so the mess isn’t in the house!
    Good luck surviving the election. We have the Melbourne Cup on here today. I often forget it’s on but had wanted to watch the race with a few friends today, but the one who has the likely venue, has got a slab of teaching and will be at work. So, it will just be Geoff and I and the puppy dogs unless the kids make it home quickly from school.

  5. Tails Around the Ranch

    These OES digs are very sweet. That’s why they call them Nanny dogs.

    Norman had his first visit at the hospital a couple of weeks ago. We weren’t allowed inside but I know there were several EMTs and a policeman going into the Emergency Dept. that sure loved him.

    Did you know most blue eyed OES (both eyes blue) are deaf?

  6. gaiainaction

    Beautiful photos Rowena and good to hear all is well with you and your family. I hope all keeps going well as we are nearing 2020. Though we are under a level 5 lock down here in Ireland we are doing just fine.

  7. Rowena Post author

    Level 5 lockdown doesn’t sound too good, Agnes, although it effects people differently. I’ve been thinking a bit about people going through the Irish Famine as we go through Covid. I don’t want to be that person who turns their back. That said, you can only do so much. This pandemic is very humbling.

  8. Rowena Post author

    I’m so pleased, Maria and your comment just uplifted me. It’s been a rough day having difficult conversations with the school about both kids and sometimes you need a reminder to look on the bright side and not catastrophise things. In Australia we have a saying: “She’ll be right, mate” and it’s all part of our layback national culture. However, I’m a bit of a stresshead. Need to go for another walk.

  9. gaiainaction

    For healthy retired people it is not so much of a problem Rowena, though I do miss seeing my grandchildren of course. For many people it must be very difficult making ends meet when losing their livelihood, even when the state gives financial help.

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