Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul and I’m happy to be here once again in the garden tending to your needs for a cuppa, and sweets. I must say, it’s great to see you all here in this relaxing atmosphere surrounded by flowers and butterflies. Have a seat where you choose, at a table in the sun or shade, and I’ll be happy to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide range of teas and coffees to satisfy our world-wide readership. We can relax a while    but  this week  we are  not stopping here, we  are off to Gene’O’s place,  he has invited us  all  to his place for coffee!! Willow  and her guests  will be meeting us there  too. We  can still discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide Just  somewhere  different  For one week only. .

How has your week been?

The weather here has been hinting at fall this week – cooler night time temperatures and warm but dry daytime weather. Not wanting summer to fade, I chose a Spring Garden painting this week to celebrate life bursting free. I hear from bloggers in the North Eastern US that some trees are starting to show their colors already. Not so here yet, but it won’t be long. How about where you live – any signs of season change yet?

It always surprises me when those who live in the southern hemisphere report the arrival of their spring when our fall is just starting. Intellectually, I know this is so, but I’ve only ever lived in the Northern hemisphere so for me the arrival of September is the beginning of Fall followed by winter. Fall is arriving soon

Would you like refill of your beverage? Perhaps a scone or a piece of cake? It’s all free of calories here even at Gene’Os.


I read the news daily and it all seems so negative and violent – Iraq, Ferguson, Africa, Ukraine, Israel and Palestine, Ebola – and on and on. I think I may stop and focus on the good things that happen everyday, perhaps on a much smaller scale but still positive. For instance Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada – where I grew up) is getting a new library according to the Globe and Mail. It  cites increasing library visits and usage as an important part of the decision. I would never have guessed that in this wired world, that library usage would be increasing. I am always surprised when I visit the library here, at how much they have embraced the changing world with computers, tutorials, and an increasing book collection.

Above  is how  the library will look when finished.  How is the library in your area doing? Do you visit often? Why do you think that book use is increasing in this electronic world?
When I was growing up, much was made of the development of electronics to the point where it was predicted that we were entering a paperless society. It seems that total shared information has increased, including paper
based assets. Personally, I love the feel of a book in my hands, feeling a part of the story.

So what good news have you heard lately? Is there anything special happening in your town or life that has cheered you up? Or any good news you’ve heard? Personally, I was accepted recently to a prescription insurance program and have just started using it. There were a few glitches to work through requiring some more paperwork (for instance because I’m a dialysis patient the program will cover calcium and vitamin replacement medication with special dispensation – so all that info had to be faxed to the pharmacy). But now I sit happily with a supply of the medication I need and a program that will allow constant replacement as needed. It feels good not to worry about that anymore.
How does the medical/ prescription system work where you live? Could it use improvement or are you happy with the way it is?
Would you like another cuppa and a sweet? Don’t be shy, ask and ye shall receive.
There’s lots to go around. It’s beautiful out here in Gene’O’s garden with the flowers and butterflies, isn’t it?

Mind blowingly beautiful

Mind blowingly beautiful

So, back on the topic of good news, we just finished up an international fireworks competition (during a 2 week period) here in Ottawa. It was historically held over at an expensive resort (Casino du Lac-Leamy) that was not very accessible. This year they moved it to a much more viewable site in the city at the Canadian Museum of History. I twas absolutely mind-blowingly beautiful.

This site is on the Ottawa River that runs through the city, and the participants used the reflection off the water to enhance the effect – even, in the above right case, drawing a giant bug in fireworks and reflections. That shot is from the Denmark presentation. You can take a look at the highlights of the competition by country here  It is fabulous.The Resort which sponsored the spectacle kindly moved it so that everyone could see it for miles on both sides of the river.

Have there been any celebrations or community events in your area this week? Do you attend or watch?

Would you like another cuppa?  Gene’O  Willow and I are honored that you dropped by the garden today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please feel free to look around at Willow’s and Gene’O other posts while you’re here. We look forward to seeing you in the garden again next week.


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul
    Aug 23, 2014 @ 18:00:02

    It is great to see everyone here again in the garden. Thank you Willow and Gene’O for the opportunity.


  2. tesscol
    Aug 23, 2014 @ 19:31:35

    I was interested in your comments about the new Library! I work as a Volunteer in my local Library. We had a fight on our hands a couple of years ago when the County Council cut their budget and threatened to close our Library. After much protest the Library was saved but the staffing was cut. That’s when the Volunteers came forward. I work 2 hours on Monday afternoons. We are always very busy for an hour and a half after opening at 3pm. Lots of children come in with their parents. It is great to see them enjoying the books together.
    This comes under the heading of Good news don’t you think?
    Your comments ‘re medication were interesting. I had a small problem with my local pharmacy this week. I had decided to let them organise my repeat prescription but when I called to collect my medication they told me there was a problem due to lack of staff at the Surgery to sign off prescriptions. I was a little annoyed with myself for choosing to let them do the job as normally I handle it myself. I called Back the next morning and all was well.
    It is interesting that no matter where we are in the world we have similar things affecting our lives. Of course we all love our coffee too and it is great to enjoy a cup and have a chat. Thanks for your welcome and your hospitality


    • willowdot21
      Aug 23, 2014 @ 19:38:24

      Hello Tesscol as you say we all have the same old problems and joys all over the world! Do you remember I used to help at the children’s library when I was about 10yrs old.


    • Paul
      Aug 23, 2014 @ 21:47:05

      Hi Tesscol! Welcome to the tea garden. Let me pour you a cuppa. Absolutely libraries are good news. It’s wonderful that you volunteer. I can’t think of anthing that I like to see more than a child with a book. It is their future (and ours). I always loved libraries when i was growing up and although I use the internet a lot now, I still gets loads of books from the library.

      Yes, although our pharmacies here are quite good – I have always found a disconnect between what the doctor orderd and what the pharmacy produces. I’ve had numerous situations exactly like yours, where I have depended on that commuication and it doesn’t work well. I have to express my displeasure loudly before it gets fixed. i think the pharmacies are afraid of the doctors. I have had to literally stand in the pharmacy, get the doctor on the phone, and get their orders faxed and then make sure the pharmacy folows up. It seems that, in order to prevent fraud, if any tiny problem happens, the whole system grinds to a halt. Bahhh.

      Ha! Anyway, Thanks for dropping by Tesscol. It is a pleasure to see you here again.


  3. Gene'O
    Aug 23, 2014 @ 19:47:04

    Wow, thanks for that ton of links.

    I used to be a news junkie and did political blogging for years. I stopped all that and totally left the Internet back in the days when it was still possible to delete or bury one’s entire social media presence. Nowadays, I only watch the news if it’s local or if I see something that looks like a game-changer, and I only blog about politics if it’s local or if it’s something my friends really want to hear about. My online life is so much better now, and my anxiety level is much lower 🙂

    Perhaps library use is on the upswing because it’s a good place to get internet access and books without spending a lot of money? I don’t know how the economy’s looking up there, but down here, I’d expect library use to be going up because disposable income is down, and internet access is practically indispensable.


  4. Paul
    Aug 23, 2014 @ 21:55:36

    Yes, I agree as well Gene’O. They say the economy is fine here, but it is hard to find a decent job. I suspect you are correct that there is less disposable income and hence more library use. Modern libraries now have lots of on-line services, like available internet access, WiFi, on line resources, etc.Here in Canada even our Government services are on-line and it is so, so much easier to sit at home and renew health cards or drivers lisences, etc than it is to go stand in line. It seems that libraries are making a comeback in many cities.

    Thanks for the comment Gene’O. It has been a pleasure to be associated with this forum through Willow. Thank YOu.


  5. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Aug 23, 2014 @ 23:03:01

    Your coffee / tea get together every week is an inspiring time. I see you have more and more individuals gather round in the garden. You are a top-rate host in the garden. 😀


  6. Paul
    Aug 24, 2014 @ 06:44:24

    Wow! Willow and I thank you LCTC. High praise. 😀 Well, please have a seat in the garden and have a cuppa.Remember the sweets are calories free here. It is such a pleasure to have a regular follower like yourself who enjoys the tea garden. We are honored that you dropped by and hope to see you again. Have a great week!


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