Weekend Coffee Share – 22nd May, 2022.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

It’s Sunday night here, and I thought you might like to join me watching Masterchef. Thank goodness, I’ve already had dinner or I’d be salivating like a blood hound all over the keyboard and the dog blissfully sleeping underneath. Tonight, they’re fusing two cultures together, and I just saw the most divine lobster dish along with an incredible dessert which personified was pure indulgence. Sorry, I can’t remember what was in it, but since none of us can actually sample these dishes perhaps that’s possibly a good thing. Despite the judges’ rapturous praise, we’ll just convince ourselves it all tastes like cardboard or some equally bland substance.

How was your week?

The big news here in Australia is that we voted in our Federal Election yesterday and we have a change of government. Prime Minister Mr Scott Morrison from the Liberal Party has been replaced by Mr Anthony Albanese of the Labor Party. It’s still early days but the analysts are busy. I must admit I feel sorry for people who have lost their seats, regardless of their political persuasion.

Last week for me, revolved around our daughter’s dance performance in a series of concerts featuring young talent aged 13-21 on the NSW Central Coast. It’s not easy to land yourself a spot and Miss had 2-3 previous attempts. So, this was a huge celebration. There’s also relief because she wants to be a professional ballerina, and getting through this year was a sign she’s on the right track. She was doing her contemporary dance, which involved picking up a rose with her feet and transferring it around which doing all her “tricks”. I’m not usually anxious watching her, and you’d think I might’ve been sitting there proud as a peacock especially wearing my fancy new scarf. Instead, I kept worrying she was going to drop the rose, or else would go wrong. We’d had a stressful afternoon chasing up a few requirements last minute and catching every red light in town when time was of the essence. I could mention something about Murphy’s Law, except that her performance went so well, that I’m just grateful.

Miss in Flight

Meanwhile, I’ve been reading a great new book, which I guess could well be deemed a diversion as I’m already reading a few books and need to get back to my WWI research and analysis. However, I popped into my local bookshop looking for a book of short stories by Tony Birch: Dark As Last Night. I needed to order that one in, but as one who has no capacity to resist temptation in bookshops, I had the most fleeting glance at the shelves and came home with Kerri Maher’s: The Paris Bookseller. It’s “inspired” by the story of Sylvia Beach who found the iconic English-speaking bookstore: Shakespeare and Company. It just so happens that I did a solo poetry reading there in 1992 as an impressionable 23 year old. So, the book is incredibly personal for me. However, so far the plot focuses around James Joyce and the banning of Ulysses, which feels quite relevant these days with what’s been going on in many political circles. I also finished Irish philosopher, Michael Harding’s: A Cloud Where The Birds Rise. It’s made up of excerpts from his reflection on life published via his weekly column in the Irish Times.

My Poetry Reading Shakespeare & Company Bookshop, Paris 1992.

In other news here, we’re trying to have some kind of radical clean-up. I don’t really like the term “declutter”, which is just so dismissive and disrespectful about your precious treasures. An excess of books, for example, is not clutter. It’s inspiration, education, transformation all within those printed pages, and in too many cases, too difficult to part with. However, at least I’m getting through a few books atm, but I don’t think I’ll be able to part with any of these They’re all keepers! Yet, I at least had some success in the bathroom and cleared out a garbage bag of potions and Miss has thrown out four bags of stuff from her room. All of that barely scratches the surface, but it’s progress.

Feet and Shadows at the Beach last week.

Lastly, Miss and I went for a few brief visits to the beach to destress last week. Couldn’t resist photographing our feet in front of the view.

We also spotted some inspirational words painted onto rocks at the far end of the beach:

Well, that’s all folks.

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

Best wishes,

Rowena

15 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 22nd May, 2022.

  1. Rowena Post author

    I am cautiously optimistic. I feel our M.P.s here work so hard and do a lot for the community. Just not too sure about some of the higher-ups. The new one has worked his way up from humble beginnings, which I find very encouraging.

  2. Gary A Wilson

    Congratulations to the flying Miss – what a great photo!

    I hope Australia’s idea of “liberal” is better than the US’s.
    Our’s is a disaster.

  3. Natalie

    Congrats to your daughter on her dance achievements. Glad to hear you both took time out to destress. Thank you for your #weekendcoffeeshare.

  4. Rowena Post author

    Unfortunately, I don’t think so, Gary. The “Liberal” government is becoming more right wing. I think our politicians seem to be going one way and the people are going the other way. The environment and climate change are big dividers here. We get coverage of the abortion debate here. My daughter is outraged about men making these decisions, especially if a woman has been raped.
    I think there’s one of those fortune cookies that goes along the lines of “Confucius says may you live in interesting times”. I am not so sure! How has your week been? Well, I hope. I’ll pop round soon.
    Best wishes,
    Ro

  5. Gary A Wilson

    Sigh –
    As tempted as I am to engage some of these topics, I think I’ll pass.
    Instead, I offer that on both sides of our large pond, we are being manipulated and polarized by our leaders and media, kept busy arguing and such.
    I’m pleased that your daughter is thoughtful enough to engage such a hard question and have little doubt that she’ll mature, as we all do, to incorporate more factors like gender discrimination and the likelihood that abortion is a form of murder. Hard and emotionally charged questions to be sure, with no easy answers. But I’ll bet she has a good mind and and heart and will sort things out, leaving you and Geoff even more proud of her.

  6. Gary A Wilson

    That and, I think I was in my mid 20s before I realized that I didn’t have to agree with or even like the answer to some life or citizenship question for it to be the right answer. Some issues, and abortion is a perfect example, there are so many factors and opinions but (only now) I think there is only one answer that does not need my “liking” it for it to be the correct (and for me – Christian) answer. Evil and sin often leave us with no good answers, only less bad than others. . .
    I applaud her for thinking about it and getting her brain around the issues involved.
    Too bad we can’t just open their skulls and pour in the benefits of all our experience and knowledge, but are limited to what we can get them to listen to and think about.
    It’s almost as if someone much wiser than me set this all up.
    Hmm.

  7. Julie

    You bring up a great point about “declutter.” I have a lot of books and I regularly put my books in LIttle Free Libraries to spread literacy elsewhere. I guess I have this romantic notion that this book travels to find another set of eyes who is seeking adventure or excitement.

  8. Rowena Post author

    I love those little libraries, Julie and they’re such a lucky dip and I love opening the door and peering inside and I do put back as well. I currently have a box of books in the boot ready to go to a book sale for a local youth service.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  9. Rowena Post author

    Thanks so much, Lizl. I’ll let my daughter know. She’s been dancing since she was three and she’s coming along so well.
    I hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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