Weekend Coffee Share – 26th March, 2022.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

This weekend, I’m getting in a bit of a head start. It’s Saturday afternoon – not Monday afternoon at about 2.55pm AEST when I’m clicking on the upload button with minutes to spare- or too late, as has also been the case. Anyway, it’s raining here again, and I’m having a pyjama day. I’ve been sending a few emails, and had a chat with a friend who spoke about needing “physical people”, and I mentioned that my friends online were hardly going to jump out of my computer screen to join me for a cup of tea. However, I’ve been friends with so many of you for such a long time, and our connections have been personal, even intimate. Indeed, some of you know me better than my friends on the ground, especially after these crazy covid lockdowns. We’re living in a weird world. At least, we were. Even I’m starting to venture out a bit more albeit tentatively.

Family dinner for the kids’ birthdays.

We’ve had a few monumental weeks lately what with Miss turning Sweet 16 and getting her learner’s permit and driving round for hours. Then Jonathon turned 18 and officially became a man last week (whatever that means). However, this week another line was drawn in the sand and I can’t wait to see what unfolds.

As you might’ve already seen, Geoff and our son drove down to Geelong in Victoria last Saturday so he could board the Tall Ship, Young Endeavour, on Monday and sail through to Sydney. It’s a young training scheme, and the ship was gifted to Australia by the British government back in 1988 for Australia’s Bicentenary. I’d heard of the ship years ago, but our interest was piqued when we saw it berthed in Stanley when we were down in Tasmania on holidays. Geoff is a member of Gosford Sailing Club and our son was also sailing for quite a few years, but had pulled back and then there was covid.

While they were down in Geelong, Geoff and J had a chance to look around and check the region out. After seeing his photos, I decided to head on down via Google Earth to join the dots. While it was interesting to check out the waterfront and historic architecture (at least, by Australian standards), but I was particularly drawn to series of colourful bollards of historic people from the Geelong area. Here’s a link: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2022/03/25/bollard-people-of-geelong-australia/

Miss. Please don’t ask me how she manoeuvred that rose around. I’m just the taxi driver.

Unfortunately, I didn’t make it down to Geelong because our daughter had a dance audition here, and she has another one tomorrow.

Photo: Rochelle Wishoff-Fields

Meanwhile, I decided to start collating my flash fiction pieces. So far, all of these were written as contributions to Friday Fictioneers, which is hosted by Rochelle Wishoff-Fields. It’s been quite a fascinating and invigorating process. Some of these were quite good. Many of them that I’d thought were quite good, were a bit average on review but had a spark and I’ve rewritten probably about ten of them during the week and I’m feeling pretty stoked. I won’t talk about the rest. They seemed to pass muster at the time, but it looks like they’ll be making their way to the cutting room floor.

BTW I screwed up my link for this week’s contribution to Friday Fictioneers. Here’s the link: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2022/03/23/digging-to-heaven-friday-fictioneers-23rd-march-2022/

Do you ever get a chance to review or collate your work?

My next step will be the poetry I’ve written during lockdown. Anything more than that, will require a more dedicated effort.

Anyway, there’s not much more to report, except I’m fed up with the rain, and I’m hoping to see a bit more of the sun before all of you in the Northern hemisphere spirit it away.

Meanwhile, you might like to join us over at the Weekend Coffee Share, which is hosted by Natalie the Explorer https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/

Best wishes,

Rowena

11 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 26th March, 2022.

  1. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Rowena.

    I was immediately tempted to give you some grief about looking a lot like that swell gal who normally swings by for coffee after the public time for joining has passed, but you already owned up to that – so – okay then. . .

    It was nice to see you here and part of the normal weekend horsing around.
    Your son’s ship adventure looks amazing. Me, I’d stick with rereading a volume from the Master and Commander series, but your daughter’s becoming a piece of body-art was striking. I doubt my back would put up wit such treatment and yes, I did wonder about that rose. Video – tell er we need to see the video.

    Finally about that sunshine you want so badly. We’re just past our light-hearted fall season and are loving the newish bright thing in the sky, so it may be a while before consensus could be reached to share with you from the down-under crowd.

    Folks born under the manifest destiny evidenced by having an actual pole-star to navigate by – can be puggish about such things. You do live in Australia, well known for having a rather large desert on your island, so we know your turn is coming.

    Fun visit. And yes, I too have noted that many of my in-person-possible friends don’t know me as well as many who have blogged their way through the pandemic with me. Can you imagine what life would have been like the past 2 years without our international blogger friendships?
    Ugh. I don’t want to even think about it.

    Blessings.

  2. Melissa @ Ever Growing Farm

    I’m so pleased to be catching up with you again! It’s wild to see how your kids have grown in the last two years! They do that, I know 😉

    I have to say that, while having friend in real life is so important, I too have formed some amazingly rich relationships online that have been so deeply enriching. It’s amazing what this www has done for us, isn’t it?!

    Sending you some of our sunshine this weekend! We’ve got clear skies and will be hitting 77*F today… a perfect spring day, from me to you!

  3. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much. I am gobsmacked watching her. She didn’t get her ability from my husband or myself. Quite a mystery.

  4. Natalie

    Miss’s gymnastics looks impressive. I hope your son enjoys his trip on the Young Endeavour and comes home with all kinds of stories to share with you. Thank you for your weekend coffee share.

  5. leannelc

    Hi Rowena – loved the Young Endeavour photos and that one of your daughter in “rose mode” is lovely too. It looks like you’re all getting back into the swing of life. Here in WA we’ve been left behind a little, and are dealing with stuff that you guys dealt with a year ago! Still, hopefully things will settle down soon and we can stop wearing masks – that’d be awesome!

  6. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Leanne. I think people are just in denial mode here. Geoff and I wear masks in crowds, but it’s quite mixed. I am looking forward to seeing the Young Endeavour when it arrives on Saturday and of course, our son.

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