Weekend Coffee Share – 29th May, 2022.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

Wow! I can’t believe I actually went somewhere. In fact, I’ve even been to somewheres. It’s been an exceptionally busy week, but so very rewarding.

I’m going to get the ball rolling, by sharing what I’ve been up to first.

Firstly, on Thursday and Friday last week, I attended a Suicide Intervention Course called ASIST, which is put together by a telephone crisis service called Lifeline. The course usually costs $600.00 but they were offering it free of charge to locals thanks to Rotary sponsorship. I know that doing two solid days of this must sound incredibly heavy. There were parts where my hand turned noticeably red, and I gathered I’d got a bit too worked out. However, my overall feeling was that doing the course was more uplifting than heavy going since the training helped me feel much more capable and empowered.

Yesterday, we drove down to Sydney for Miss to compete in a lyrical troupe dance at the Sydney Eisteddfod. Because we’ve seen the dance before and it was going to cost $50.00 to attend, we decided to go out for an early dinner at an adjacent Vietnamese restaurant instead. We had been there almost precisely a year ago when she competed in last year’s Eisteddfod and we hadn’t been able to get back due to covid lockdowns and being cautious. So, this felt like quite a treat and I was so excited to enjoy scrumptious crispy chicken and prawn pancake known as Bánh xèo. it was so good. We also managed to check out an exhibition of street art, and we also came across two of the massive inflatable gnomes which are in Chatswood at the moment, and we also found an exquisite bakery and bought a chocolate mouse cake shaped like a very cute puppy dog and a mango coconut mouse cup. Yum.

Today, we ended up pointing the car in the opposite direction and driving to Newcastle for Miss to compete in the School Aerobics Championships where she competed in cheer and aerobics. Everybody did really well and they all made it through to the State competition which will be held in St Ives, Sydney in a month’s time. If they get through that, it’s off to the Gold Coast for Nationals.

Look wat the dreaded Miss did to me!

Afterwards, we drove down to The Junction, a popular part of Newcastle where Mum’s cousin’s family owns a wonderful restaurant, Tallulah, but it had just close when we turned up, and so we headed across the road to the Grumpy Baker. Well, the baker might be grumpy, but we can assure you, none of the patrons were grumpy indulging in their scrumptious sensations. Even their sausage rolls had been elevated to highly delicious heights and we were most disappointed that we missed out on seconds after someone else bought the last two from under our noses. Golly, it all made a very strong argument for heading back North up the freeway.

Anyway, I need to head off now.

Hope you’ve had a great week.

Best wishes,


10 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 29th May, 2022.

  1. leannelc

    Hi Rowena – nice to see you out and about and enjoying life. I think we all appreciate it more after being locked down or choosing not to go too far from home for the last couple of years.

  2. Julie

    That is great you are volunteering for such a noble cause but I am surprised there’s a fee to take the course. Is this training to become a crisis counselor?

  3. Rowena Post author

    No. It’s just about stepping in to prevent someone from taking their life in the immediate term and getting them safe and linking them up with supports. Lifeline is a charity itself but the people who had their training paid for by work, were also working for not for profit organizations.

  4. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Rowena – the course sounds – um – significant and similar to taking (seriously) those first aid classes that so many of us find our way to. I now take these classes very seriously because I had the chance / need to save someone’s life with what I managed to pay just enough attention to. Did you see my account, https://garyawilsonstories.wordpress.com/a-life-and-breath-event/ ?
    I do love that you are getting out to experience the real world again. It has been too long for us to be coped up with covid fears. I’m so ready for this bug to become fully historical.
    All the best.

  5. Natalie

    Hi Rowena, Thank you for your weekend coffee share. It’s nice to hear you’ve been out and about, taking an important training course and enjoying life with good food and art. All the best to Miss for her competitions. Have a great week!

  6. Kirstin Bozich Troyer

    Before I comment on your post, your name reminded me that my daughter visited a beautiful landmark in Oregon called Rowena Crest lookout. It is gorgeous all year, but in spring, the wildflowers are stunning.

    Sounds like a great week..my girls never did dance, but I always thought it would be fun if they did.

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