If We Were Having Coffee – Dec.14/2014 GUEST POST

                             HOLIDAY CHEER


Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul and I’m happy to be here once again inside Willow’s home where it is nice and toasty, tending to your needs for a cuppa, and sweets. We’ve moved inside to beat the winter cold in the garden.Willow has fluffed the cushions and stared a blaze in the fireplace to make a cozy place to sit. I’d be pleased 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 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?

In the spirit of the season, I found the following video over at LifeBuzz  it is Titled, He Asked 13 Homeless People What They Wanted For Christmas. Their Answers Made Me Feel Shallow. Gifts for the Homeless

This little video follows a gentleman as he asks many homeless people what they would like for Christmas and then provides it for them. It really speaks to the joy of giving and the meaning of Christmas. The looks on the faces of those to whom nothing has ever been given, is priceless. It did my heart good to watch.

Let me pour you a cuppa of your favourite beverage and have a sweet while you enjoy it as well. So the temperatures have been dropping over the last week or so and it has snowed twice and the snow has stayed down. All this gets me to thinking about skating at the canal and eating those delicious Beaver Tails. Speaking of sweets, here’s some that I bet you haven’t seen before, Beaver Tails:

Beaver Tails with various Chocolate Fillings

These delicious hot pastries are fried dough covered with powdered sugar and filled with the topping of your choice – jam, chocolate, fruit, etc. (For scale – each Beaver Tail pictured above is about twice as long as your hand and about 1 1⁄2 times as wide).They are sold through out the winter at kiosks in and around Ottawa. Primarily Beaver Tails are sold on the Rideau Canal Skating rink. This is actually the largest maintained skating rink in the world, comprising over 4.5 miles (7 kms) of canal skating in the city of Ottawa from Downtown to Dow’s Lake. The canal is open for skating usually by January and stays open until early March. The length of the season depends on the temperature and can run anywhere from 45 days to 90 days. It is free and has changing/warm up rooms, food kiosks, washrooms, etc – all on the ice. You can see the little cluster of buildings with services under the bridge in the picture. There are a number of these clusters all along the Canal.

Skating on the Canal

The night time skating is amazing and a real feast for the eyes.

Rideaucanal skateway at night

That’s about all we have room for this week, so it’s time to settle in front of the fireplace with another cuppa. Sweets anyone? – we can even have the kitchen make you some Beaver Tails if you wish. Willow and I are honored that you dropped by 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 for tea again next week.

Tea presentation at the Ritz in London

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. Operations,Stress,

Welcome, come on in it is lovely  to see you! If we were having Coffee . Come on in the fires are lit  the cushions are plumped up and  we have  the coffee and tea and the cakes and sweets are set out. Paul  and  his guests  are all here  and they are enjoying  the warmth  and food and drinks. We  have  tea  and coffee  from all over  the world not to mention all our cakes  and muffins  and  as Paul  calls  them sweets! Every single  one  is  calorie  free! Plus of course  we now have spirits  and liquors  to warm the coldest of  you .

Coffee and cake.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE : I would  say  not a lot  has been happening  this week. I have been looking after  hubby  after  he has been in hospital  for  an operation. Well two operations  actually . How did this happen well he went in for one  and when the surgeon  came  to speak to him  he informed  him he was going to perform a second  procedure too!

I think  the husband  was quite  taken aback, luckily it was too late  to do anything but have the  second operation but  consent! 🙂 .

I was surprised too  but not  by the double operation. No I was taken aback  the amazingly quick turnaround time of the hospital. In at 7am open surgery home by 2pm same day? Well honestly  I know  you are safer  from MRSA CDiffC  at  home  than in hospital   but hey six  and a half  hours  seems  rather hurried! …. But hey I can be a good nurse  and I have  worked hard to look after  and cope  with all of hubbies’ concerns!!

Busy Nurse!

What else can I tell you, IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: well my  eldest  sister  hurt  her  knee  while  she was at  the library, she has  to now wait  to go  for a scan to see  what  the damage is! All she needs  just right now! Sister number two  is also not  doing so well, having  trouble  with he  heart! Sister  number  three well she is still struggling  with her shoulder after  her shoulder operation. I go round each week to wash  her hair! She is struggling  now  because  she has three unexpected  visitors  for Christmas, her  mother in law  and her two sister in laws!

Eldest  brother … well he was supposed  to be having an operation to sort out a leg problem that has been troubling him for at least 18months! Unfortunately  he has ha a problem  with an ingrowing toenail. Sadly  for him  because of the toenail  problem  his long awaited operation  has been postponed until the new year! …. Brother  number two , well he seems healthy  enough  so fingers  crossed  for him!!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would  say  that  it has been great  fun over at Jean’s Social Bridge   where  she is hosting  a party , come on over  and join in  here.  Jean has  a wonderful  blog  well worth taking a look at!

Yum Yum

OH! were are  my manners would  you like  another  cuppa and maybe  some cake?

These teddies  look good don’t  they! Mind  you I have eaten way too much today!It  has been one of  those days  when you just pick, pick and pick some more.

Prestwick United Kingdom 10th December

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would  say  that  we have had  some really  harsh  weather this  week here in the UK. We  here in the South  have  been  very  much luckier  than those in the North and West! Read more  here!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I will have to admit  that  although I have been really really  busy this  week not  much of real interest  has happened. I have told  you all my  news  so maybe  now  you would like  to tell me  some of  your  news, personal or international.

But  for  now  let us  join Paul and  his  guests , it is  so cold  we could  break out  the liquors!

Liquors for all


IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I would say  lets  go and see what Paul’s  guest are up to lets  all mix  and have fun.  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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