Weekend Coffee Share 12th July, 2021.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

Well, just as well we can share coffee online, because there’s not a lot of coffee sharing going on in the real world in my neck of the woods at the moment. We live in one of the most undesirable places in Australia right now , Greater Sydney, where that dreaded pestilence, Covid 19 Delta variant is on the move. 77 cases and one death were recorded today (Sunday) and they’re expecting over 100 tomorrow. So, it’s our turn to not only eat humble pie, we have to stay home and eat it alone or with members of our own household. The dogs said they don’t mind sharing humble pie with me, but hey don’t know what that is and are thinking more along the lines of meat pie.

So, how was your week?

I’m going to be honest with you, and say that the last six weeks for me have been really difficult, and if they hadn’t been difficult and if I wasn’t grappling with difficult emotions, there’ll be something wrong with me. I have had four close friends die in the last six weeks. One was 76 but the others were early 40s, 50, and 60 and they all had school-age kids. Sometimes my grief is focused on my friend, and what they are missing by dying so young, and in one instance it was right out of the blue and she and everyone who loved her, had no warning. It was such an enormous shock. She had a lot of much closer friends than I, but losing her still felt like being hit by a tonne of bricks. A few days later, I found out one of the closest friends I’ve ever had had passed away from cancer. She’d mentioned something to me about being sick a few years ago, but I had no idea she was fighting cancer. Her funeral was held last Thursday and due to covid restrictions, I watched it via live stream sat home. It’s something which is becoming more familiar, and it’s emotionally easier than being there. I didn’t cry until the end when they played the song she had as the ringtone on her phone: “What I did for Love”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxyaIYWpS3g I have ask my daughter if she would put a dance to it for my friend’s mum. My friend used to dance and I think it would mean a lot. Well, it would mean a lot to me anyway.

Meanwhile, it’s been school holidays here. Our daughter has been making candles and decorating them with crystals. They look quite pretty and I should post some photos. She’s also been doing some cake decorating and making things out of moulded clay. The dog has also appreciated some walks. I say dog because she only took Rosie because Lady keeps stopped all the time and Zac takes off like a bat out of hell. By the way, I should mention that Zac was the perfect therapy dog during my friend’s funeral. Geoff picked the sleeping Zac up and put him on my lap and said: “this is a job for a dog”. I should mention that Geoff held my hand as well.

I almost forgot, but my daughter and I went out and fed the local ducks, which we haven’t done for years and years since she was such a little girl. It was wonderful.

I am making good headway with my researching and writing up of the WWI soldiers’ bios. Over the last couple of weeks, I’m been writing the actually bios up so it’s really gaining momentum. I was stoked to find out that the nephew of controversial Australian ranger Ned Kelly served in WWI and so I’ve written up his story, which will add a bit of life to it, don’t you think?!!

I also went for a week to the beach this afternoon, which you can read about here: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2021/07/12/my-lockdown-walk-ocean-beach-greater-sydney/

So, how has your week been? I hope it’s gone well.

Anyway, I need to get to bed.

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

Best wishes,


7 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share 12th July, 2021.

  1. Julie

    I’m sorry to hear about the high cases of Delta in Australia. Even though things are back to normal in LA and our vaccination rates are fairly high, I get anxious about returning to lockdown. The gyms I go to, you can go in without a mask if you are vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated, you still wear a mask. The gyms I go to are small and the people there are compliant. I’m more anxious about going into the grocery store with my 8-month old because I don’t know who there is vaccinated or freeloading off of the vaccinated.

  2. Natalie

    I’m sorry about the difficult time you’ve had recently. I’m glad Zac was a perfect therapy dog and you’ve made good progress with your research and writing. Thank you for linking with #weekendcoffeeshare.

  3. Karen J Schoff

    Hi Rowena, so sorry to hear about the loss of your friends. Grief is hard no matter the age of our loved one, and especially when it is sudden. And the anxiety and stress of lock down probably doesn’t help much either. Sending kind thoughts your way. Take Care.

  4. TanGental

    Live here is rather wedding focused as its getting closer – August 27th – and getting the garden right is a preoccupation. In the background we continue to deal with Covid. The case numbers are spiralling upwards again though we are a heavily vaccinated nation now so the related deaths much lower than before. We can’t get away from it. At least its summer, there’s lots of daylight, cricket and family..

  5. Thistles and Kiwis

    We’ve been watching the Covid situation in Sydney closely from over the ditch, Hardly anyone has been vaccinated here, so it is a real worry that things might spread here too. All the best to you and your family at this time.

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