If WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: Tomatoes, Newbies, Love and Stately Homes.

Flower  just turning to fruit!
Flower just turning to fruit!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE : I would  be  so excited  about  the tomatoes they  are beginning  to fruit  the flowers  are going over  and the  fruit  is appearing! Small now  but  full of  promise! This will be  our second  crop and  we are  expectantly  waiting  to see  if  they  will be as  good as  the first  years crop.  We had  so many  huge  and tasty  Beef  tomatoes  we  did not  at  first  know what  to do  with them.

Well on it's way
Well on it’s way

We  sliced  them like bread  and ate them in sandwiches, on toast and in salads ! We  then or rather  the husband  started  to make  pickles  and tomato sauce,  the type  of sauce  you use  with pasta.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE :  I would  eventually  find  my  manners  and stop  rambling on about  the tomatoes. I would  welcome  you warmly  and  give  you a  big  hug  and say  hello  how  are  you  and  what  would  you like  to drink, we have it all here  since  Paul  has  been  joining us  on a Sunday  and bringing his friends  the demand  for new exotic  teas  and coffee  has  gone  through the roof. I love  this and I think  that Diana  who’s idea  all these  coffee  breaks  were ! So do take  a  seat , yes  that  one is  fine, yes  it very  comfy, now  this  week  I can  also offer  you iced tea  or  coffee  if  you don’t  want  a hot  drink  in all this hot weather  that  we have been experiencing. It is  most unusual  for us here  but  we are  not  complaining , no  we are really  enjoying  it.

Would  you like Lemon Drizzle  Cake    or perhaps  you would prefer some Carrot Cake . We have plenty to choose from I was  baking all day yesterday. Or  maybe  a biscuit we also  have  plenty of those. Paul  has introduced some news  to the table, that is an advantage of having people in from all over  the world.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I would tell you what  a wonderful day  we had yesterday, our youngest son is overseas on  business and his  beautiful  wife  and even more  beautiful  Newbie  ( if  that is possible ) came round to spend a lovely  smile and  giggle filled afternoon with us! The husband  made a great meal  and pudding  and it was enjoyed  by us all. The Newbie  of course  had his mum’s milk  so he was happy!


I was delighted  to watch  our daughter in law chat  and play with the beautiful boy. The love in their eyes was so honest and obvious it was, as I said, a delight to behold. In the week or so  since I had last seen them together there seemed to be a new and closer  bond between them. I am not saying  they were not close  before  but something was easier  and the two of  them, Mum and Newbie were a joy to behold. Well we took lots of photos  and had  lots of cuddles with granddad as well as with me. We rounded up the afternoon walking them back to her Mum’s  where she was staying for the week. Lots of  lovely  photos and  lots  lovely  memories.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would tell you what an amazing week it has been  weather wise in fact the last 6 weeks have  been heavenly. The simple  things like wandering around without a coat, being able to hang  your washing out knowing it will be dry when you bring it in.

The shops have had BBQ food and and equipment  fly off the shelves, sun hats  and sun glasses too not  to mention sun cream! It really  does slow life  down having sun sun sun, long relaxed evenings in the garden or out with friends. We have even sat on the patio with a glass of wine! Shock  horror!!

It  has also been a week of outings, my  friend  and I visited a local stately  house which had wonderful gardens  I did a Wordless Wednesday  post  on it . The  house itself  is a grade I listed, early Tudor manor house, dating from around 1440, so it had oodles of history!! Not to mention a lovely  cafe with  specialty coffees  and teas cakes!! We had a lovely  afternoon.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would tell you  that  we are expecting  a side swipe  from Tropical Storm Bertha  which has  barreled across  the Atlantic  from America. Luckily  for us  it has lost a lot of it’s vengeance. Friday evening  was very  dark  and threatening . There were flood warnings  across  most of England  and Scotland.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I would  tell you how very welcome  you are  and how much I look forward to our weekly get together, and that I do hope  they continue for a while  to come. So  for now  be well and be happy.  😀

If we were having coffee I’d ask  you : would you like another  cuppa, or  a biscuit . I’d  tell you I have really  come to enjoy  these chats  and I’d  love  to hear  what you would  tell me , If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/

Author: willowdot21

Female, wife, full time mother and Grandmother. I am not as happy go lucky as I used to be but I am still bubbling along on simmer! I have three handsome sons all grown and flown.The youngest married with a beautiful wife and two sons of his own. Eleven years ago I was working, running a home, driving and socializing then bang in a split second all that was gone. I had an accident at home. I broke my back, not for the first time, I had broken it 10 years previously as well. Unfortunately this time I had broken it really badly and it was truly messed up so I had to have two operations. I was told before each operation that the outcome could mean I spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. Still as some guy once wrote "I am still standing " yes "better than I ever was " not quite but with the help of a walking stick and as long as I do not stand or sit in one position for too long, I am still standing! Update I no longer use the walking stick . I had lots of friends before the accident but when things like this happen, you loose most of them. Their lives move on and mine stood still and so they left me behind ...I know that is just the way life is but it hurt and always will. Then I looked around and saw those who were still there for me, these friends are the roses in my garden they need to be tended well. They are the diamonds in the dust, I will of been married 50yrs plus this year . Pain and boredom are my enemies now, I have to find different ways to approach life, use my pain befriend it almost...yer right , well that is what they tell me at the pain clinic ROFLMAO ...... if only I could! I have found an outlet for my fears, frustrations and night terrors . I have started writing poetry if that name can be applied to my writing. I hope I do not come over as a moaning winger. I hope I am past all that. I also hope that you might see how the poetry is moving from very dark through the grey and hopefully in to light ?? I need to update this a little here. I have worked very hard over the years since my accident, I go to the gym regularly, I have a Pilates class and a core class once a week . The guys at the gym and my Pilates teacher cajoled, teased, bullied and encouraged me to abandon my walking stick! :) My back is no longer straight it is C shaped because of the injury and I have lost two and a half inches in height but my Pilates and Core teachers have helped me to stand up as straight and as strongly as possible. Pain and depression are still hanging on my arm but I have weapons to use against them and if I say so myself I cope well. I have made lots of new friends, real diamonds. I am also very grateful for all the support and help I have encountered here on Wordpress. Hugs and welcome to everyone who visits.

31 thoughts on “If WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: Tomatoes, Newbies, Love and Stately Homes.”

  1. I would tell you what a delight it is to hear about your daughter-in-law and your granddaughter and the deepening bond that is developing between them. And how wonderful it is that they spend time with you even when your son is traveling.
    I would tell you that I especially want to come back for a cuppa when those tomatoes start ripening. I LOVE tomato sandwiches! 🙂

    1. Hi Deborah is was lovely and I am so pleased to see the deepening bond between my daughter in law and her son grow…. yes the Newbie is a BOY! Yes as soon as poss tomato sandwiches will be on the menu! xxxxxxxxxx

      1. I’m so crazy. I thought I saw something in the post about Hannah. I mistakenly thought it was a picture of the Newbie. Ooops! Still I’m happy for your lovely family and the way Newbie is stealing everyone’s hearts. 🙂

      2. Thanks! You’re so understanding. And considering that sometimes, I mix up my own kids’ names,
        I guess this totally makes sense. haha

      3. I do exactly the same with mine!! My poor mother used to stand at the bottom of the stairs and go through what we called the litany as we were a large family and very often had relatives and friends to stay!! xxxxxxx

  2. Great post Willow. The Grandbaby must have been a wonderful visitor. Love the pics of the tomatoes. We are having a warm but good summer this year too. No real bad weather to speak of. Lots of great fresh farm produce available everywhere. I’ll have a piece of that Lemon Drizzle Cake you mentioned, and a strong coffee with two creams if you would. It is delightful to share your garden weekly,and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    1. Paul you are so welcome and I am glad to see how many of your friends are enjoying being able to read your blog post here! This is a mutually good arrangement! Lemon drizzle cake good choice mind you so is the carrot cake… Decisions, decisions !! xx

  3. If we were having coffee, Willow, I would tell you how I love warm, sun-kissed tomatoes straight off the vine. Yum. I would oooh and aah over your precious Newbie. I would tell you I’ve had a busy week and feel like a dishrag. I wish I could go back to bed and let the world do by. I would tell you I’ll be more enthusiastic another day. Thank you for the coffee.

    1. Do you not want any cake according to Paul it is calorie free. Sorry you are feeling so wrung out I hope you feel better soon. I am always happy when you drop in for coffee. Xxx

  4. Thanks for the iced tea, Willow. I loved seeing your little grand. I gave him a little tickle on the chin, figuratively. Hope you and the daughter-in-law didn’t mind. Some folks don’t like that. I hope Bertha barreling over from here misses you! Thanks for having me over again.

  5. If we were having coffee I’d ask you to invite your daughter-in-law over with her adorable baby so’s I could have a cuddle. I can’t resist new babies. 🙂

  6. Can I have a piece of both? I do, so love cake. 😉 Your tomatoes are sprouting and ours are starting to die off. We decided not to do a winter garden and throw everything unto Jonathan’s writing. I can’t wait to see what he comes out with. (Do encourage him to put his novella out. It’s so good!)

    Babies are so nice and they smell so good. I love babies, obviously. Oh gawd! I have to tell you. We had “the talk” with Lizzie. I made J do it with me. Willow! She looked at him and said, “You did that?!” He turned beet red and said, “I had to, to have kids!” I hollered. It was the biggest laugh I have had in a long, long time.
    I wanna have coffee with you in real life one day. 🙂

    1. I will do he needs a gentle push. As for the cake of course you can have both. I love cake too. We are in the middle of our summer here. I am off to bed now. So be blessed and happy. Xxxx

    2. Oh! I nearly missed the bit about “the birds and the Bees” Men just are so useless when it comes to talking sex with their children. We all have to go through it but men make it so stressful. I had to smile when I read that. …. I love the smell of babies too. Yes I’d love to have coffee for real with you two too.
      And the girls of course!! 😉 xx

  7. I didn’t plant tomatoes this year as last year those huge bugs seemed to delight in eating my plants, but I do love to eat tomatoes, cake and enjoy a wonderful cup of coffee 😀 You’d probably have to glue my feet to the floor however if I was in an old estate from the 1400’s…. one of my passions :D, as are babies. I love their little feet… thank goodness I give that up by the time they’re 2….LOL…
    Going to Scotland is one of my fondest dreams, but my hubby said he just isn’t going to take me because he thinks it’s no big deal… … There are times I wonder, would he be that way if it was something he wanted to do? Love your blog! ❤

    1. I know those bugs can be a nightmare and loosing a crop can be so upsetting. I am so glad you could join us for coffee, here cuddle the Newbie while I pour you another coffee and cut you some cake! Yes it was 400yrs old and it was was amazing. You tell your husband that even though I am English I have been to Scotland several times and it is a big deal!! He should take you !! and Keli I love your blog too! xxxx

      1. Oh how sweet of you to say! My family comes from Scotland originally, but my hubby is part German and has a stubborn streak a mile long. LOL I’ll keep trying to persuade him. 😀

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