If We Were Having Coffee

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A huge thank you to Willow for asking me to coffee today. Friday’s haiku about coffee and cookies give her the perfect opportunity to invite me to try her weekly post titled, “If We Were Having Coffee”. I’ve often found her poetry challenging my reality, as she often writes about the tough stuff life can dish out, and I thank her for it. Willow’s lovely photos over coffee express her day to day travels in a charming way, and prove how blessed she truly is to enjoy a full life, so stop by and say HI soon.
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I’m not entirely sure how this works, but I believe I hand out coffee and cake, while you listen to me ramble on about my world a bit. You have no idea how much anxiety I have just thinking about talking about myself. We should start with conversing over my anxiety, but this…

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IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: PEPYS AND POPPIES.

Well hello everyone  how are you all today, come on in we are moving indoors  now  as  the Autumn is well and truly  here  and Winter is hot on her heels!! We have the coffee and the cakes all ready the fire is all lit! The sofas and armchairs all have their cushions all plumped up! So go on spoil yourselves we have stocked up on hot chocolate now and brought in some good books for you to read too! I can hear Paul has all his guest here many of whom you will know so lets see, what have you been up to this week. Paul  is still using  the Marquee  but he  and his  guest  will probably  be  coming in here  too, soon!! Also  we have an extra  hostess  Audrey  from Oldest Daughter & Red  Headed Sister. I am so very  excited to have Audrey join us!

If we were having coffee:  I would say  woo!  what a week it has  been my feet have hardly  touched  the ground! Monday  was a surprise  day, late Sunday evening  the husband  up  and said  let’s go  up to town  and see The Poppies  at the Tower of London. It was a wonderful idea  and all the better  for  going on the spur of the moment! So  first thing Monday morning off  we set!

We arrived in London mid  morning  and  made our  way  by tube  to Tower Hill. Well it was so impressive  I cannot  explain  it just needs to be seen!

Light  by  heaven light

Light by heaven light

Fountain of  poppies

Fountain of poppies

Mother's sons

Mother’s sons

fathers, brothers , lovers,

fathers, brothers , lovers,

such a sacrifice

such a sacrifice

each one a life

each one a life

 

poppies galore

poppies galore

Pouring out of Poppies

Pouring out of Poppies

 

Every poppy is a life, young, old all given for  what was to be a better world. A  war  to end  all wars. Sadly  they were lied  to, they returned  to harder lives  than before!

As for a war to end  all wars  that  did  not  happen  either! No world war 2 came  and went  Vietnam, Falklands, Middle east and so on! . But I am not going to go on  and on the pictures  tell  the tale  it is just heart breaking .


 

If we were  having  coffee : I would  tell you that after  we had  walked  completely  round  the tower and seen  all the poppies, one of which  will be ours! We  bought one a couple  of months  ago  and we intend to keep it  until  the Newbie  is old enough to  understand it’s importance at  which point  we will  give it to  him!

If we were  having  coffee : I’d tell you  that after  seeing the poppies  we went  for an amazingly well planned walk. My husband  knows the city of  London  well, having worked  there  among other places. He  took  me to where Samuel Pepys  used to live in Seething Lane, also  where  he and his wife  Elizabeth went to church at  St Olave’s  in Hart Street.

We  spent  an hour looking  around  the church, churchyard  and even visited  the chapel in the crypt.  Samuel Pepys and his wife  are buried  in the church  and  have a plaque commemorating  them on the wall inside the church. Samuel  out lived his wife  and was very sad when she died. He had  a bust  made of  Elizabeth had it positioned  so he could  gaze upon her  from his pew in the  raised gallery.

There use to be a  mezzanine around  the church   but it is  no longer there. The  church  was damaged  in WW2  and  the mezzanine  was not replaced. Now  hold  on  where  are  my  manners! Would  you like another coffee  or tea or even hot  chocolate?   Do join  me lets  have some cake . I had  the coffee cake and carrot cake  last  week  so I fancy  some of  that lemon  drizzle  cake.

If we were  having  coffee : I hope I am not  boring  you  but  I  tell  you  how  after  leaving St Olave’s and  seeing  Seething  Lane  we headed off  to see the infamous Pudding  Lane , then on to Monument  . The  monument  if it  was lain  down  would  reach  to  the exact  spot  in Pudding Lane where  the fire of London started.

After  that  we headed off  towards  the river  and  the South Bank,  past  the Globe  Theatre , then half way across the millennium bridge then back  and along  to have a a picnic  in a park  my hubby  used to use  when he was working! Then it was a quick  dash  past  the ITV  studios  then back to Waterloo  and  then train home!

Fabulous stained  glass windows in  St Olave's

Fabulous stained glass windows in St Olave’s

a haven of  peace jus off the street

a haven of peace jus off the street

unusual ceiling

unusual ceiling

Mr  and Mrs Pepys memorial plaque

Mr and Mrs Pepys memorial plaque

more windows

more windows

 

fabulous wood pulpit

fabulous wood pulpit

Stone alter  donated  by the King of Denmark.

Stone alter donated by the King of Denmark.

the crown resting on the alter

the crown resting on the alter

 The wood above the door is where  the mezzanine was.

The wood above the door is where the mezzanine was.

Entrance to the crypt

Entrance to the crypt

St Olave's grave yard

St Olave’s grave yard

 

this would  of been the mezzanine

this would of been the mezzanine

The door Samuel  and Elizabeth used to enter  by.

The door Samuel and Elizabeth used to enter by.

The  Bust of Elizabeth Pepys

The Bust of Elizabeth Pepys

 

 

All Hallows  by the Tower

All Hallows by the Tower

If  we were having  coffee: I’d  have to say well now  I have  to go  out now  as I have another  coffee  morning to join they ladies I used  to work  with.So I  wish  you all a lovely  stay  here  remember  you can eat as much cake  as  you fancy  they  are  all calorie  free! So  please  stay as long  as  you like , Paul and Audrey  will take  care of  you all!! I shall be  back soon  so mix and enjoy I won’t be long.

 

Monument

Monument

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Where  the great fire of London started

Where the great fire of London started

 

Seething Lane

Seething Lane

 

 

 

Church on the site of  the entrance to London  Bridge

Church on the site of the entrance to London Bridge

 

This was once  the entrance  to London Bridge

This was once the entrance to London Bridge

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Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral

 

The Shard  by the river

The Shard by the river

 

Borough Market

Borough Market

The New Globe  theatre

The New Globe theatre

 

The Go;den Hind

The Golden Hind

The Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge

Ah! good  you  you are still here, so If we were having  coffee: I say  that  the rest of  my  week had  been very  busy too! I have been writing  poems all this month to  bring  Breast Cancer  Awareness Month to the fore. I cannot say it has been easy  but I have put my  heart and soul into it you can read read them if  you like  they are dotted about  through out  this month.

Tuesday: After the gym  my friend  and I set  off on the bus  to our local town ( we love  the fact  that  the bus  stops  almost outside  my house  so it transports us door to door!) We had  coffee  and cake  and I spotted  the perfect  Christmas Present  for the Newbie…. A Rocking Horse.  After we got  back home  we told  the husband  all about  it  and  then when  my friend  had left to go and get  dinner  for her husband  we rushed to the computer  and ordered  the horse. I have put  a photo of “Dobbin” our name  for him, below.

If we were having Coffee: The  rest of the week has been filled  with Drs  appointments,  and trip to a clinic  for  a Dexoscan  to check out  the density of  my  spine, since I have have  broken it  twice  the Drs  think it wise to keep an eye on it’s density . Apparently  it is very difficult  to read  my  scan. The  radiographer who  did  it told  me  she would  have to spend  some  extra time  reading  my scan as there was so much, cement, metal work and pins and screws in  my back it was hard to make out the bone  let alone  the density. OKAY ! I have heard  all the jokes about  me  being dense!

I really  must go now  so thank  you so much  for visiting  and I really hope  you will all be back again  next week. Don’t  forget to spend  time  with Audrey  and Paul  they have so much to share with you . I was going to talk about the sad goings on at  the Canadian Parliament  this week  but Paul  has  covered  that  with  great thought  and information  so  I have left that to him apart from saying GOD BLESS CANADA. So bye bye  for now enjoy  your weeks  and hope to have coffee with you all again  next week.xxxxxxxxxxxxx

The Newbies Christmas present

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would ask you if you would  like another  cuppa, or  another cake . !   If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/ 

If We Were Having Coffee: Guest Post: – Oct.26/2014

If We Were Having Coffee – Oct.26/2014

Shoot Out in Ottawa

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 marquee tending to your needs for a cuppa, and sweets. I’d be pleased to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide rangeof teas and coffees to satisfy our world-wide readership. We can relax with a cuppa and calorie free electronic sweets while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

Janet Kruskamp ‘Afternoon Tea ‘

 

 

 

 

 

Shooting at  the war Memorial

On Wednesday, October 22, at 9:50 am EST, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau walked up to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who was on ceremonial guard duty at the National War memorial here in Ottawa and shot him dead with no warning. Zehaf then proceeded to the Canadian Parliament buildings, across the street, and entered shooting. He was shot and killed by  the Sergeant at Arms of the Parliament before there were any injuries.

At first glance this appeared to be a terrorist act as Zehaf was a self-identified member of Islam and because of the targets attacked. Truth be told though, he was a very disturbed young man of 32, who had recently switched to Islam as his life fell apart around him. He was described by friends as a troubled man who followed no religion. He was Canadian born, although his father is a business man from Libya who owns companies in Montreal and his mother is a high ranking member of the Canadian Immigration Ministry. Zehaf had been involved in drug use for many years, had a difficult time holding a job and had a criminal record for property crimes. He had been estranged from his parents for many years and had drifted around the country doing odd jobs, ending up in Ottawa to try and get a Libyan passport from the embassy here. His Canadian passport had been revoked. The Libyans turned him down partially because of his criminal record and partially because he appeared physically unwell and mentally unfit.

I actually live about 2 miles (3 kms) from the War Memorial and Wednesday was a hectic day with road closures, lockdowns of all public buildings and a huge police presence. At first it was said to be a terrorist attack but it eventually turned out to be the work of one sad mentally disturbed individual who happened to be in Ottawa when he suffered a breakdown. He did not plan the attack, did not have an automatic weapon (they are banned in Canada) and was dispatched by the first armed officer (the soldier’s weapon was not loaded) he encountered. Zehaf had previously tried to get arrested by police at one point by confessing to a crime that had never been committed. Whenasked why, he had said that he wanted a roof over his head and a meal in jail. The police declined.

Aerial View of Parliament Buildings and War Memorial (war memorial is on the V-shaped traffic island at lower right)

Would you like another cuppa? Perhaps a dollop of something stronger to warm the cockles? Please try the sweets- these electronic versions are very tasty and calorie free. So, instead of the terrorist attack it first appeared to be, it was yet another mentally disturbed person with a gun who had needed help and had been denied. How long will it take our society to realize that denying help to those who need it always ends badly for all?  This is just another example of the lack of attention and funding to mental health issues. How is mental health addressed in your country? Is it adequate? Has treatment improved over the years or gotten worse?

Whew, anyway, that was the excitement of my week. Personally things are looking up as some new medication seems to be working well and has reduced my joint pain and muscle weakness that comes with dialysis. That’s very freeing to be able to move again with less pain. No side effects yet. How have you been feeling this week? Being well into fall, I find that my sleep patterns and eating patterns have changed somewhat with the cooler weather and shorter days.

Would you like another cuppa? I think I’ll have a sweet as well. Willow and I are honored that you dropped by the marquee in 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 would ask you if you would  like another  cuppa, or  another cake . !   If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/     

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