Weekend Coffee Share – 14th June, 2021.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

How are you all and how was your week? I hope it’s been good overall, and that you’ve been able to savour some of the zest of life.

My week has been quite a rollercoaster ride, which is quite an apt description after we visited Sydney’s Luna Park after midnight when it was well and truly shut and the rollercoaster was fast asleep.

Darling Harbour

Last night, we went on a Sydney Harbour Cruise to celebrate a friend’s 50th Birthday. I was really looking forward to it because I’ve never actually been on a Sydney Harbour cruise before. I know that sounds like quite a travesty for a Sydney person, but I’ve certainly been on ferry rides around the harbour and they’ve been absolutely magnificent. Anyway, our ferry ride began at Darling Harbour at 6.00pm after sunset, and went for four hours and then we drove across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Kirribilli to absorb the magnificent imposing grandeur of the Bridge just overhead, the inky black water and the view across to the Sydney Opera House in the background.


It was a fancy dress party, and some of our friends had really gone to town and that really added to the festivity. As you can see from the photo above, some of my friends went all out, and really looked spectacular. I’d had such a crazy week, all I managed was a pair of rainbow socks. I also wanted to keep warm and went for long pants and my trench coat. I looked rather like Inspector Gadget if I had to put a name to my get up.

Above: I’m dancing to “YMCA” a party classic.

While I naturally enjoyed the people, party and full but floating immersion into Sydney Harbour after dark, what I probably valued most was the opportunity to get to know my friend and his family better. I really appreciated the significance of that after being a part of my friend, Lisa’s funeral two weeks ago and getting to know her much better after she’d passed away. It wasn’t too late, but it certainly meant lost opportunities. We really need to get to know and appreciate each other in all our technicolour glory now.

Anyway, so the Harbour Cruise party clearly represents the what went well this week. On the other hand, our daughter ended up in hospital to expedite some medical tests. When she was about ten, she was diagnosed with a digestive condition called gastroparesis, which involves delayed gastric emptying. She has been a lot better. However, over the last couple of weeks, it flared up again and I took her to the doctor on Wednesday morning, and by the afternoon, she was fed up and asked to go to hospital. Oh joy! Gastroparesis is a complicated condition and I wasn’t expecting a lot of answers or understanding at Emergency. Indeed, all I expected was a wasted night and being sent home after midnight exhausted with making any progress. However, they were actually very supportive and decided to admit her to expedite the tests and give her some medication before she could get an appointment with the gastroenterologist. So, it actually turned out to be a brilliant plan and she had an ultrasound, barium swallow, blood tests and left with a script for Domperidone, which speeds up peristalsis. She’s looking so much better today. So, fingers crossed we’re on the right track. It’s so hard seeing your kids unwell, or being around other sick kids. I take my hat off to anyone who works in paediatrics and helps our sick little people.

I am still feeling the loss of my friend, Lisa.

What more can I say?

The last song for the night on the Harbour Cruise was: “Hey Jude”, and the lines: “take a sad song, and make it better” hit me in a new way. I got pretty emotional during that song, but it is so true. It’s telling me to take my grief, and make something positive out of it. Help Lisa to leave a positive legacy. I also really believe it’s important to acknowledge our sadness, disappointment, hurt and losses and not just paint a glossy veneer over the top. That it’s not healthy to hold it all in and rather, that it can be self-destructive.

Not unsurprisingly, my research went on the back burner this week. However, I did manage to read C.J. Dennis’s: “Old Digger Smith” and am currently reading “The Adventures of Ginger Mick”. These books are part of a series of books featuring the Sentimental Bloke, which is the title of the first book in the series and it’s been made into a movie. It’s an Australian literary classic, and written in the Australian vernacular of the WWI era, it not far off trying to unravel Chaucer. However, I find when I speak it out in my head, it mostly makes sense. By the way, the “Sentimental Bloke” was a best seller and a popular read for WWI soldiers and a special pocket-sized edition was made which fitted into their coat pocket. (I wonder how many sentimental blokes are around these days and how many are reading books? We had the New Age Sensitive Guy when I was younger and I wonder if he’s still around? Or, if all of us have had to harden up? Keep calm and carry on?!!)

Well, I’m still sentimental, and my friend shed a few tears in his speech last night. So, we’re not gone yet.

Anyway, it’s the long weekend here in Australia. One benefit of still being part of the Commonwealth, is getting a day off to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday. With a long weekend, families are catching up and I finally managed to meet up with my friend’s daughter and grandchildren and met up with them at the beach. Silly me, forgetting it’s Winter, I went barefoot and my feet were absolutely freezing. They hurt.

Anyway, that pretty much covers my week, and stay tuned for some photos from the Harbour cruise. The Weekend Coffee Share is Hotsted by Natalie the Explorer and here;s the link:


Best wishes,


PS I just had to include another phot of my friends dancing in their glad rags looking absolutely sensational. I’ll have what they’re having.

9 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 14th June, 2021.

  1. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Rowena,
    I was sorry to hear of the lost of your friend. One of mine paaed away almost 2 years ago and I still miss her. Like you I wrote about her just to help me and others remember her.
    Anyway your cruise sounds magical and must have been a nice step towards unwiding all these covid restrictions.
    Parent to parent, I’m glad your dauis recovering nicely and mabe a piece of her puzzle has been found.
    Good stuff. Breath and have a better week.

  2. Rowena Post author

    Thanks so much, Gary. Great to hear from you again. Sorry to hear about your friend. It’s hard to know quite what to do with my grief, but it’s only early days yet. I find talking about her and just keeping her part of my conversation and writing helps.
    You’d have a good laugh if you could see me at the moment. I’m wearing cloud pyjamas and dressing gown. I have two dogs on my lap and I lost the mouse a few minutes ago and I was trying to find it without disturbing the dogs. Found it on the edge under Zac’s chin.
    Thanks for your concern for our daughter. It’s much appreciated.
    Hope you have a great week and I’ll pop around and read yours now.
    Best wishes,
    PS Covid restrictions have really relaxed her in NSW. I still don’t go on public transport but I have my second Astra Zenica vaccination next week and then the flu jab and then I’ll reconsider. Victoria went back into lock down again. They’re having more trouble.
    Best wishes,

  3. TanGental

    Hi Ro
    Good to see you dancing and maskless too!
    It’s a bummer when the kids aren’t well. Is this something she might grow out of?
    Here we’re enjoying 28C and blossoming flowerbeds. Covidwise we continue to be the how not to country. Having a very successful vaccine rollout we then fail to close the links with India – who are having an awful time – and imported the delta variant so cases are rocketing amongst the young and unvaccinated. That pushes back opening up fully probably by 4 weeks. Still the vaccines are working against all variants so mid July should see all legal restrictions lifted. Unless we bugger it up again…

  4. Natalie

    The harbour cruise sounds wonderful, Rowena. I hope your daughter is feeling much better. Take care of yourself. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

  5. Rowena Post author

    Wonderful to hear from you again, Geoff. I must jump round and check out your garden, which must be flourishing now while I’ve been buried in my research project.
    I’m sorry the UK is having such a rough time with Covid. Our moat is obviously much more effective and easier to enforce, except we have that constant tyranny of distance. We live in relative freedom here. They have repeated lockdowns in Melbourne but nothing’s reached panic stations. Where we’re having trouble is convincing people to get vaccinated and also getting the roll out done fast enough. We’ve had our first shots of astra Zeneca and have our second shots next week. Then, I just need the flu shot.
    Getting out on the cruise last night was pure bliss. I’m not sure whether you saw that I had a friend pass away a few weeks ago, which hit me pretty hard and I spoke at her funeral. Then Miss in hospital and so the cruise was amazing. Our escape hatch. It was very hard to leave.

  6. maxwellthedog

    Hi Ro…the best news in your post was that Amelie got the attention and care she needed and is feeling better. Seeing you and Mr. Ro partying it up on the harbor (no extraneous “u”) cruise was great. BTW, I meant to ask…does Geoff have a specific goal in mind with respect to the length of that beard? As a fellow bearded dragon this information is always of interest especially as he approaches Methuselah Level of beard. Again, our sympathies and condolences on the loss of your very good friend. It takes a lot of time to heal from such a sad event. Watch out for mice.

  7. Rowena Post author

    I think Geoff is aiming for divorce with that beard. Then, he’ll accuse me of being shallow. Is that your goal as well?
    Zac is seeking a pension after being my support dog during my friend’s funeral. I was getting emotional at the end and Geoff picked up Zac and popped him on my lap and said: “This is a job for a dog”. Zac was asleep and all floppy and you could well say he had no idea what was going on, but dogs are a perceptive bunch. Of course he knew he was on duty. It was a tough job being patted but somebody had to do it.
    How are things at our end?
    We’re back in hard lock down with 50 cases of the delta variant being identified in Sydney yesterday. It’s going to be awhile til we come out of this. Fortunately, Geoff and I are vaccinated but the kids aren’t. I’m not as stressed as I was last year. We feel quite sheltered here and as long as we stick to the rules, we’ll be right. It’s cold and wet here atm and I’m quite happy to hibernate and do my writing and research. The book is coming along well.
    How are things there?
    Take care and best wishes,

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