Weekend Coffee Share – 25th January, 2021.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

Well, you’re in luck. This week I can offer you some banana cake mini muffins with luscious passionfruit icing, which I whipped up for a picnic with some friends, but it was too hot to go out and so we’re forced to eat them ourselves. Hey, it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

How was your week? I hope it went well.

Camp Tahlee, North of Newcastle, where our kids went to camp.

My husband Geoff has just finished two weeks of annual leave, and heads back to work tomorrow and the kids head back to school on Friday for the start of another year. I feel we’re better prepared for the start of this school year. However, the unfortunate key to this improved organization has been staying at home and not going away on holidays. I’m not sure that the end justifies the means, but we’re blaming covid for staying home. After all, you can blame covid for just about anything atm, except having a good time.

However, the aim of the game is find ways of creating joy, pleasure, excitement in the midst of whatever covid or any other significant problem throws across our path. So, while driving about 500 kms in a day transporting our daughter from one camp to another, Geoff and I headed into Newcastle for lunch and caught up with my cousin and family, which included her 3 year old and new baby (I got a cuddle!!)

Said daughter, didn’t like camp and so I picked her up a day early, but not without warning her we weren’t coming straight home. We were going on a detour via beautiful Norah Head, with its iconic lighthouse which I decided was having to be a surrogate for our anticipated trip to the Byron Bay Lighthouse, where we usually indulge in an ice cream cone and if we’re lucky, watch the dolphins diving through the waves down below.

Norah Head Lighthouse, NSW.

That’s the thing about lighthouses. They’re usually stuck on top of very steep rocky precipice overlooking some particularly rough and powerful surf not to mention rocky reef outcrops which would do nasty things to ships especially in the night. So, all of this makes for spectacular scenery and stunning photos, even better if you can chuck in a sunrise, sunset or a stormy sky. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to pull any of those rabbits out of the hat, but at lease it wasn’t dull grey overcast and we had sunshine, blue skies and it was postcard perfect.

The Rockpool, Norah Head.

If you’d like to read more about our Norah Head experience, you can check out my previous post.

I was due to go out on a picnic with friends today. However, it was 35 degrees celsius and incredibly sunny and I ended up falling asleep. Exciting, I know, but it was like being under a griller out there and it really felt too much, especially as the heat or perhaps it’s the humidity which is causing troubles with my breathing. It’s annoying because one minute you’re on top of things and the next, they’re on top of you and you really didn’t see it coming.

Speaking of sudden changes, a friend of ours had a stroke yesterday, and one minute he was seemingly okay and the next his face was dropping and he couldn’t move one side of his body. I’ve had some serious health issues myself where my body hasn’t done what it’s supposed to, so I have at least some insight into what it’s like when the tried and tested doesn’t do what it’s always done before. We ended up driving his wife to the hospital to drop off some things, and while she was there, we ducked down to the Gosford waterfront and were struck by the stunning city lights against the night sky. It was a moment of much needed peace and beauty at a troubling time.

Anyway, I’d better head off because it’s well past bed time.

This has been another contribution to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Natalie the Explorer at https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/

Best wishes,


13 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 25th January, 2021.

  1. Tails Around the Ranch

    Despite all the issues that continue to come up, it was a good week. People in the US can finally enjoy a bit of relaxation after 4 years of chaos. Boring and responsible has never looked and felt so good. Here’s to a great week ahead!

  2. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Rowena, your posts always make me want to spend a few months traveling and getting cozy with Australia. I’m not a grass-always-greener kind of guy, but your world just plain looks wonderful to wander.

  3. Natalie

    Rowena, I’m glad you met up with your cousin and had good weather when you visited the lighthouse. I hope your friend’s stroke was mild and his recovery goes well. Thanks for linking up with us at #weekendcoffeeshare

  4. Denyse Whelan Blogs

    Well hello almost neighbour! I am a blogger now retired and living on the Central Coast at Hamlyn Terrace. Norah Head is a fave place of mine to take photos as is Soldiers Beach. I have a Monday link up called #lifethisweek and you can link up a post, old or new. Love to see you there too. I am also a retired teacher and my family – one teachers and several grandkids who are students are gearing up for back to school in western Sydney. I am sorry to read about your friend. Denyse

  5. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Vicki. That’s the tone I go for, and it’s pretty much who I am. I also feel like a bit of a tour guide sharing my Australian backyard with readers around the world and also enjoying the reciprocal journeys.
    So far so good for my friend. Thanks for your concern.
    Best wishes,

  6. Rowena Post author

    Hi Denyse. Great to hear from you, particularly since we’re so close by. Most of the people I meet blogging live overseas, which is culturally interesting, but it’s great to meet someone so local. A friend of mine lives near Norah Head and has taken some great sunrise and sunset shots there. Just stunning. I haven’t been to Soldier’s Beach for a long time. I’d be interested to join your link up. Have you thought about doing the Weekly Coffee Share? I really enjoy it. Take care and let’s try to keep in touch.
    Best wishes,

  7. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Kathleen. I’m not sure what the prognosis is for my friend, but he’s now in hospital where they can do their best. A stroke is one of the things that elderly people fear most, along with Alzheimer’s. I hope they can help him regain movement.

  8. Rowena Post author

    The grass might not be greener here, but we have a great lifestyle. It’s hard to compare with USA when I haven’t been there but I think our capacity to control gun violence and covid, are positive.
    My photos either paint the bright side or the dark side and aren’t really a true reflection of life here.
    I’m itching to travel myself.

  9. Denyse Whelan Blogs

    Hi Rowena, I found your blog via Natalie’s new weekend coffee share as she also joins in my Monday link up!
    Check out my blog to see what it’s about.
    Would be awesome to catch up one day too!

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