If We Were Having Coffee – Sept.07/2014



Paul your Barista
Paul your Barista

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 while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?


The university students are still moving in here, most in a large rush as classes started this week. I was sitting out front in the sun with a cup of tea and I saw two young men wearing only shorts and ball caps skateboarding very fast down the street. A few minutes later, here they come back again. This time one had a four shelf bookcase balanced on his head and the other had two armfuls of bed linen so large that only the peak of his ball cap was visible. Moving by skateboard – new to me. If it has wheels, I’ve seen it moving furniture this week.



One young woman was moving into a unit next to mine and she had her Mom and Dad helping her with a small truck. They appeared late morning one day and diligently started carrying furniture inside. Now the units are quite small and they took in a lot of furniture.After a pregnant pause, the Mom and Dad started carrying furniture back out again. They took out a number of large pieces and reloaded them into the truck. Dad took off with the truck while Mom went back inside. After about an hour, Dad returns, opens the truck and starts carrying different furniture into the unit. Ha! Apparently the young woman was decorating her room by hit and miss. Dad carried out some more furniture as he was carrying the new in. Eventually he was done and he and Mom left together in the truck.

Ahhh, the discriminating tastes of the freshmen.

The students are so easy to separate into freshman and returning students. The freshmen wander along with wide eyes and a sort of lost look on their faces while their colleagues appear sure of themselves and look down their noses at the naïveté of the newbies. Do you remember you first year at University or perhaps at a new job? How were you treated? When you were the experienced one how did you treat the new arrival?

How about another cuppa? We have calorie free sweets, scones, biscuits – pick your favorites, there’s lots to go around. While the weather has remained sunny here this week, the temperatures have dropped considerably and the humidity is low. The slight breeze has a taste of Fall. I love this kind of crisp sweater weather. How about you? Long walks in the sun with the crunch of colorful leaves underfoot are soon coming. I live in a unit in a row of 100+ year old brick houses that have been restored. There is a line of large maple trees in front of the buildings and they are starting to drop their leaves. It brings back so many memories of family walks and strolls with my girl friends of past.


Judith A. Lindberg – Shades of Autumn

Do you have any favorite poetry about autumn? What is fall like where you live? Anyautumn stories that you’d like to share?


When I was younger I owned a 15 foot aluminum canoe and I loved going out for a paddle in the autumn on the smooth lake waters with the kaleidoscopic trees reflected in the surface. Exploring close to the shores, the quietness and the leaves in the water made the trip almost magical. My girlfriend and I would pack a lunch and then stop on an uninhabited shore to eat when we were hungry. The rustling of the leaves and the squirrels with the crunching underfoot made a sharp contrast to the quietness of the water. Floating back at the end of the day we would pause and just enjoy the sun and the colors and the glass like surface of the water. Occasionally we would see wildlife on the shore, deer and moose and other animals coming down to drink. Lord I loved those fall trips, a feeling that was irreproducible. No other season held such a sense of peacefulness for me as autumn. What feelings does autumn bring out in you?

Would you like another cuppa? 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 other posts while you’re here. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you here in the garden again next week.




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/


Hi everyone welcome. The garden is beginning to show signs of Autumn so we are going to rig up some space heaters and make the marquee more permanent. That is the beauty of this virtual garden we can have it however we wish.
Right let’s get to business.


IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE : I would tell you how busy I have been. We have a few days break coming up and as always preparations are never simple. I think it is all in hand now. Hopefully when you read this I shall be in France.


Apart from many years ago before the Newbie’s Dad was born. We visited Province twice. We had the two older boys they were around three and four yrs 0ld.
We flew over and hired a car the first time we went. We were astounded by the warmth and beauty of the place.
We took the boys to the Verndon Gorge and we went out on the calm turquoise waters. With the huge rock faces rising up out of the still waters it was an amazing experience. I was totally in awe and very aware that the water was probably as deep as the rock faces were high.
We gilded ( if you can glide in a peddlow.) in stunned  silence.
It was like a strange sun drenched fiord. All was quiet and magical then the boys found their echo’s and soon my husband and I joined in.
Now as usual I wandering off at a tangent we are not going to the south we are heading into the lush centre, we are staying right by a river and in a village 😉 that will test my French, hubby has no French.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE : I would  bore you further  by telling you the second time we  went  we had  the two boys, hubbies’ older sister, hubby  and me three suitcases, two bikes, a coolbox  and enough  food to feed an army! All crammed into a ford Capri!


A car not  really built for more than two people  or ambitious  and very thin  foursome  with  no luggage  and not far to go! We managed to drive from Calais through  or rather  round the  Boulevard Peripherique down to Frejuse. I was navigating  and not too well and at  one point we were headed towards Belgium …as luck would have it  we noticed in time  not to loose  too much time.!

We  did stop on the way  down to Frejuse  at  Arras. We spent  two weeks in a static Caravan  yes all five of us ! We saw  all the fashionable places ( Monte Carlo, San Tropez and the like)  some lovely  unfashionable  places  too, woods, villages . We had  scorching  weather  and two days solid   rain!! We felt  very sorry  for those in tents they got  completely was away! Then when we had to return  we drove  for 13hrs  to catch the  ferry …. we could not  afford  to stop anywhere  for the night. Money was tight then  but it  never  stopped us having fun!.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE :   I would say ,Oh! sorry I am not  being a very good host  would  you like some  more tea or  coffee  what  type  would  you like  we can do  anything  here as good as Costa  or Starbucks! Also our cake selection is second  to none!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I’d  say  sorry time to stop reminiscing and time to look forward  to a new part  of France  for us unseen. What  have you guys  been up to, have  you had  rushed  or quiet weeks? Perhaps  you could tell us about  your holidays Past, Present  and Future , it would  be lovely to hear  from you all. Talking of reminiscing you may have noticed I have been posting  some of my  early poems. I have been so rush  and hardly  had  time to  comment  or thank  people  for their  comments ( for which I am always  very  grateful) so I looked to my  back catalogue  until I have time to catch up!!

Now apart from cooking  and being a busy  working lady   Bernice  at http://realisticcookingideas.com/  has  wonderful recipes  and visits  beautiful places  it is almost  like  having  a travelogue delivered  to my  reading box! Also  Tess at  Lets Cut the Crap   is doing  a wonderful  blow by  blow  account of her recent  tour of China! I can really  recommend it , it is a great  read!

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.  I am so  sorry  that I have to dash  off now  but  please  stay  and relax  and eat  and drink whatever  you wish , here  in the virtual garden  everything is  guilt  and calorie free.  Actually if I were  you I would  scroll up  or  down  and  check out Paul’s  coffee morning  it is here  too!! 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/



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