Welcome , welcome to  you  all, how  are you  and what  have you been up to this last  week. Things  are still not letting up  for  me as far  as being busy  is concerned ! I just do not  have a lot  of time to even turn round or  even smell the coffee.  🙂

Now  where are  my  manners  come on  in  and get comfortable  as  you can see Paul  has  done a great  job with  the place , we even have a fantastic  set of cushions  to match  the marquee  and rugs!

This  is just one end  and we have different  themes  in different parts of  the marquee, we  shall be decorating  for Halloween, fireworks night, Thanks Giving  and Christmas  so if  anyone  wants  to suggest  an interior  or some  decorations  do please  send  me and Paul  a link  so we can incorporate  your  ideas in to our space . By our I mean yours, Paul’s and my  space!

IF WE WERE HAVING  COFFEE: I would  be so pleased to see you and very pleased  for the chance  to sit  down and have a cuppa  with you.

I do  try  not  to be  too controversial here  but I do think that  I should say  something  about  the latest murder of an innocent  man  by  Isil .  So far two Americans  James Foley and Steven Sotloff and two British men David Haines Alan Henning  have been beheaded  by  a nameless faceless shadow.  I am truly stunned  by  the barbarity and ugliness  of  the way  these men’s  lives  has been taken.  Not  only  were  they beheaded  but  also  videoed  and shown on youtube.  Apparently  another American  medic  has been named  as their  next victim. I pray  for him  but I ear  those who  hold him  and hide  their faces  appear to be without  mercy.

All this is very  sad well actually  sad  does  not quite  cover it, it is sad, dreadful  evil  even. I will not  say  any  more because I do not want  to politicize our  coffee space  but I would like to pray  for  all these killings  to end . Maybe whatever  your faith or creed  you could join me.

IF WE WERE HAVING  COFFEE: I would say  okay  that is all I wanted  to say on that  sad matter. Lets  move on . We  have had what is called an Indian Summer, this usually  means  beautiful  sunny  and hot  weather in late September  and early October. This

Still looks like summer

Still looks like summer

last week has been amazing  and so this  morning it was a disappointment  to awake  to a drop of 5 degrees  in temperature and pouring  rain!  But hey I am not  complaining  the gardens  really  do  need the rain !

Over  on  the left is  a photo I took on Wednesday  when the husband and I took an afternoon walk   by  the river it was so like the hight of summer, hot, sunny  and such a treat!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I would regale  you with the great day I had  on Thursday  my  friend and I  had a another day trip into London. I had as I always do  enjoyed  Tangental’s   blog  and I had been enamoured  by  his  post  My kinda town  part 2   I do urge  you to pop over  to Geoff’s  blog I can really recommend it!

Well, armed with  Geoff’s   blog on  my  phone  and  a map  and suggestions  from  the husband, who  also worked in  the Fleet Street and Inns of  Court  areas  for many  years, probably  overlapping   and passing  each other on occasion! Well we had  a wonderful  day full of sun, fun and barristers, lawyers, students and cats !

We had a wonderful time. We had lunch at  the Ye old Cheshire Cheese and walked  miles. We  had a very nice young man, a lawyer, maybe a barrister  take our photo, he told us  we looked  like Kate Moss  we told  him  he needed glasses! We saw barristers  running around  carrying  robes, wigs  and brief cases.

We even saw one young lady  dressed to the nines, slip off her comfy  shoes  and put on her killer heels  before she entered one of the chambers! We smiled  at her and said  time  for your  big girl’s job shoes! she laughed and nodded in agreement !

View of the Eye midday

View of the Eye midday

Courtyard in Somerset House

Courtyard in Somerset House

Hodge, Samuel Johnson's Cat

Hodge, Samuel Johnson’s Cat

Hodge's  explanation

Hodge’s explanation

Huge flowers in one of  the Garden's in the Inns of Court

Huge flowers in one of the Garden’s in the Inns of Court

Plaque on Samuel Johnson's House

Plaque on Samuel Johnson’s House

Heraldic decorations

Heraldic decorations

One of  the gates

 The right gates

The other gate

The left gate

The Entrance  behind  those gates

The Entrance behind these gates

A Panda  Scooter outside  the Inns of  Court

A Panda Scooter outside the Inns of Court

a dragon with a St George's  shield

a dragon with a St George’s shield

Almost cute

Almost cute

Only  can you see this in London!

Only can you see this in London!

Charging electric  cars

Charging electric cars

fancy lamp post

fancy lamp post

early  evening view Waterloo Bridge

early evening view Waterloo Bridge

glistening on the river, early  evening

glistening on the river, early evening

time to head back home.

time to head back home.

We set off  for home after a lovely day  and in the evening we went out with our  husbands to celebrate  our  joint birthdays, a fortnight apart so we had chosen a date in between! Thanks Geoff for the post  that  gave us such a great day  and thanks hubby  for the extra  information

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would say  okay Saturday has been a total wash out, gym in the morning then shopping  in the afternoon, near row with hubby managed to avoid it by just ignoring him  until  he stopped moaning! Today Sunday  we are off out for a hog roast  with  really  good friends, so I am happy  about that.

So  come on  would  you like some  more cake, of  tea/ coffee, have you been over to  Paul’s amazing  part of  the Marquee he  certainly  is  worth a visit!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would ask you if you would  like another  cuppa, or  another cake . I’d  tell you I have really  come to enjoy  these chats  and I’d  love  to hear  what you would  tell me. Please feel free to stay  as long  as  you like  and don’t  forget  to visit  Paul’s  post  now  while  you are  here!   If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul
    Oct 05, 2014 @ 00:47:49

    Wow, you are one busy lady Willow. I’m glad you could join us here in the marquee for a cuppa and a sweet. Those are great pictures of London – I’ve never been and it looks so clean. Here in Eastern Canada it’s been quite warm as well. Today, it dod cool off and rain a bit but not much.

    That was wonderful that you got to share a birthday dinner with friends. great having coffee with you Willow and I hope next week you get a chnce to relax a little.


    • willowdot21
      Oct 05, 2014 @ 06:22:53

      The part of London we visit is mostly clean The City of London and the City of Westminster are but not all of London is so smart like any capital it has many faces.it was a great day. And yes here’s to a quieter week. 🙂


  2. 1EarthUnited
    Oct 05, 2014 @ 06:05:02

    Willow the pictures u’ve taken are stunning! Regarding the beheadings, well you can breathe a little easier. It has been proven beyond a doubt that these were staged events by TPTB, no reporters have been killed, they were paid actors for the world’s stage. Suffice it to say, these events were politically motivated, nothing is as it seem these days. Thanks for brightening up our day, with a delicious cuppa ♥


    • willowdot21
      Oct 05, 2014 @ 07:34:04

      Hi I am glad that you liked my photos and the coffee and cakes. I cannot argue with you about whether or not the executions are real or not. I have no way of knowing, what I do know is the families of these brave souls believe their loved ones are dead. I fear these evil things are really happening and I weep for the world. Have another coffee and watch the birds. x


  3. TanGental
    Oct 05, 2014 @ 07:41:16

    Thank you so much for the shout out and I’m so delighted you could use my musings as a tour guide! I’m with you on the awful events in the Middle East. It feels as if the clock has shifted back 500 years and we are living in the time of the crusades.


    • willowdot21
      Oct 05, 2014 @ 21:51:12

      We really enjoyed our day and you made it all possible by giving me the idea. You galvanised husband into doing the route and my friend and I had a great day. Oh! The middle east is such a nightmare we need someone to do something and soon. Thanks again. Xx


  4. Bernice
    Oct 05, 2014 @ 16:51:53

    Great pictures! We were interested in the electric cars that are charging. We have never seen them charging like you do in London. Do you swipe a credit card for charging the vehicle? Does it take a few hours which means you would have to plan your visit? Do you have a electric car? Does everyone drive them? yes, lots of questions.. but we are curious. 🙂


    • willowdot21
      Oct 05, 2014 @ 21:43:01

      Bernice I don’t know much about the electric car recharging scheme. I shall look it all tomorrow and get back to you, hopefully with some answers. xxxx


  5. markbialczak
    Oct 05, 2014 @ 19:51:20

    Happy Joint Birthdays, Willow. A day in London sounds like a great way to celebrate for both of you. Did you slip on your big girl shoes? I’m glad the woman barrister gave you a smile for enjoying her moment entering the job.


  6. tesscol
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 15:21:13

    How I envy you your wonderful day in London. It is good to learn that you are able to do this!


  7. tesscol
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 16:22:12

    If we were having coffee I would tell you how our Grand daughter Michaela arrived on Friday afternoon laden with birthday gifts for her Grandad.He was really
    surprised and a little embarrassed. Then in the evening she picked us up to take us to The Stilton Cheese…a lovely restaurant in the village of that name. We were joined by Ann and Mick and enjoyed a lovely meal.
    I would enjoy relaxing in your marquee and perhaps indulging in some delicious cake. Whilst doing that I would tell you about a wonderful concert I went to on Saturday evening. Three choirs entertained a full house, raising money for the city Hospice. I really enjoyed the evening.
    I look forward each week to hearing your news at your coffee morning.


    • willowdot21
      Oct 06, 2014 @ 17:21:01

      Well tesscol that is lovely to hear but I have always told you what a lovely family you have! Did your other half get his card from us. it was sent very early by mistake! I also look forward to Sunday morning coffee meetings I just wish they were more real than virtual! xxxxx


  8. Ryan M. Church
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 21:14:57

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