If We Were Having Coffee: Elections, V.E Day 70th Anniversary, Planets and Mother’s Day

If  we  were having  Coffee  :  time  again to ask how  are  you all are   and  what  have  you been up  to this  week!  Come in it is lovely  to see you all here again. The fires are lit and  the cushions are plumped up and  we have  the coffee and tea on  the go  and the cakes and sweets are all set out.  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.

If we were having  Coffee: I would ask  you what  has been going on in your world this week, has  anything  deeply affected  you, have  you need a sympathetic ear, a shoulder to cry  on or  just  needed someone  to make  you laugh! If  yes  feel free to talk it out  here  with us. We will all help if  we can.

If we were having Coffee: I would  remind  you  that  there  are lots of  other  coffee mornings  all shared  and organized  By  Diana  and  Gene’O  over at,Part time monster  

Well  now  what  has  been  happening  in  your  part  of  the  world? We  have  finally had  our  General  Election  and in  some places  local  council  elections  as  well.

It  really  seems  that  the Election  Campaign has  been  going on  forever  but  finally  this  Thursday  just  gone, 7th of  May  it  arrived! Hubby  and I  were  up  early  and  though  we went  to  vote  at  different  times  we cast our  votes  early.

If  we  were having  Coffee:  I would  tell  you  that   I was  amazed  to  see a universe of  planets  at  the polling  station! It was an interplanetary  experience!

Interplanetary voters

Interplanetary voters

I came  face  to  face  with  six  young  voters! It  was  their  last  day  at school and their  first Legal  Vote and  lucky  them  it  fell on  a General  Election!! Why  were  they  dressed as planets… well I  have  no idea  but I  do know  that in  recent  years  those  leaving  school  locally   have a fancy  dress  day  and a  leavers  ball! So I  guess  these  bright  young  things  decided  to  go galactic!

Would  you like  another  coffee  or  a piece  of  cake? There  are plenty  to choose  from, and  they  are  all calorie  free.

 

If  we  were having  Coffee : I would  tell  you  that Friday 8th May  was  the 70th Anniversary  of  VE Day read  more here.

The  three  days  of  celebrations  started  at  the  Cenotaph at 3pm, on  the  8th May.  the chimes of Big Ben and ceremonial guns at Wellington Barracks and the Tower of London marked a national two-minute silence. Guns were also sounded from saluting posts in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. Members of the public lined the streets and schools, organisations and companies across the UK participated.

Following the silence, the Last Post was played by a Royal Marine bugler and wreaths were laid by those attending. The service included a reading of extracts from Winston Churchill’s speech by Mr Randolph Churchill, Great-Grandson of Winston Churchill, hymns and a blessing and concluded with the playing of the National Anthem.

 

Over  200 beacons  were  lit  all over  England  on Friday  8th May  as  part  of  these  same  celebrations, more  details  here.

 

If  we  were having Coffee: I would  tell  you  that  in  this  week  of  General Elections, planet  sightings  and 70th  VE commemorations   that  the  hubby  and I  have been  busy too.

Now  I  know  that  the US  is  celebrating  Mothers Day  this  weekend I  want  to  wish  all mothers  a  wonderful  day   and  to  all children I  encourage  you  to do do  something  special  for  your Mums  they  love  you so!

Here  is  the poem I  wrote  for  my  mum  some years ago

Gentle she was

Mum

Gentle she was, a young woman of means, beautiful in her Marcel Wave she was.

A hair dresser with her own shop a teaser of hair and tresses.

Then the quiet Irish man took her eye and her heart.

Not impressed were her parents with the young Irish trade unionist from the motor trade.

Time eventually brought them round to accept the vows the young couple had made.

Grief she bore when her fist born died at six months

brave she was to have more. Three girls then two boys , and two more angels lost in-between.

Then after all was finished me, making six.

Hard she worked to bring us up and support her quiet man who was there for her too.

Kind she was, good and open hearted she was.

The door always open to family and waifs and strays

big hearted she was to all who past through our door.

Always there she was, with words of wisdom and comfort.

Her beautiful heart shone through her eyes.

Patient she was  but there was temper there if needed,

she was not strong or mean but if needed her children and her man she would defend to the death!

Beautiful she was in features and in heart

there was not task she would not finish if she had made a start.

Cried for her daughters she did as her man gave them away

and when her sons went too she had a proud day.

Together alone again by themselves again.

Happy she was full of the business of her quiet man.

Yet she was always ready to talk and help and ease our pain.

Cleaver she was but not school or college wise she was wise in life and love and truth and need.

Lonely she was when her man was taken ,

wept she did as she wanted to join him.

Lost she was without the quiet man .

Heart broken she became though she threw herself in to caring for grandchildren.

Gone she was before her body, her mind and soul went to him.

Lost to us she was, a smile here and there maybe a flash of recognition.

Unknowing of all around her she was,sad eyed frighted lamb lonely lonely.

Tiny she was when she went sadly lost to us long before .

Gone into her mind to find her quiet man.

Tears we shed for her,we wept in grief and I in anger because so long had she been gone and I had wanted to talk to her,

but gone she really was.

Anemones her favourite flowers were they always remind me of her.

I forgave her for leaving me and now accept she had to go

as by the side of her quiet man was where she had to be.

Mum’s favourite flowers

Never to be forgotten.

If  we  were  having  coffee  : I  would  ask if you  could  do  with a  refill and  a cake. I  must  close  now  so  lets  go  and join  Paul  he is over  at  Mark’s place  this  week and  all his  guests they  are all enjoying  themselves  by  the fire!

And of course  the

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  WEEKEND COFFEE SHARE

over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

 

34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul
    May 10, 2015 @ 02:54:28

    Great post Willow. I wasn’t aware that it was the 70th anniversary of VE day. Thank you for that. Wonderful poem about your Mum. And the pictures of the planets was a hoot! Glad you voted, that is a problem over here in North America- the numbers drop every election. It wouldn’t surprise me if they we are forced to go to the Australian mandatory system. Hope you have a great week! I pass around your hellos over at Mark’s. Am I back next week?

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    • 1EarthUnited
      May 10, 2015 @ 05:36:24

      Hello Paul, happy Victory in Europe Day! The irony is not lost to my generation, i’m in my 20s and we are highly disillusioned about our so called “democratic process” here in the states. All my friends and i have boycotted general elections when we became acutely aware that it is a total farce, and makes no difference who’s actually in office b/c the real power players finance both political parties and have their own financial interest ahead of the public. The system was never about the people, but to serve interests of the few ruling elites. More people are waking up to this inconvenient truth every day and fewer will turn out to vote unless it becomes mandatory… so much for freedom. Anyway, have a nice week ahead, Willow and Paul. 🙂

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      • willowdot21
        May 10, 2015 @ 07:35:02

        Hi there and thanks for the visit you are always welcome this is my view of life and my coffee corning 🙂 This week and just for this week Paul is over at Mark Bialczak ‘s blog so do go and join him it will be posted soon.
        The young people at the polling station were a sight for sore eyes and encouraging too. Voting levels have dropped since 2000 we really need the younger people to take an interest and vote. Be well and happy and have a great week.

      • 1EarthUnited
        May 10, 2015 @ 17:35:52

        Thank you Willow, i’ll be sure to drop by Mark’s blog. Have a lovely week! 🙂

      • willowdot21
        May 10, 2015 @ 19:26:11

      • Paul
        May 10, 2015 @ 10:12:34

        Hi 1EU! The founders of your country were actually very clear about that in your Declaration of Independence. They said that not only was it the right but the obligation of the people to replace a government that is not serving the people with one that is – regardless of how that has to be done. And remember – they had just done that with a revolution so they were clearly aware of what they were saying. I doubt you could raise enough interest to do that yet, but I don’t doubt that in the far future that day will come. And, be assured, this is a natural process in a capitalistic democracy – as pointed out 2,500 years ago by Socrates in Plato’s Republic. This type of politico-economy eventually moves more and more wealth to fewer and fewer people (which is happening at an increasing rate)and those people will, in turn, sacrifice freedom for security by placing people in power that they can trust – eventually devolving to a dictatorship if allowed to go that far. You can see the signs of all of that happening today in North America. But the process is long and there are ways we can change it – meanwhile we likely have generations before it comes to a head. likely. Thanks so much for dropping by and i hope you have a great week 1EU.

      • willowdot21
        May 10, 2015 @ 19:32:34

        🙂

      • 1EarthUnited
        May 12, 2015 @ 01:53:40

        Well said Paul, bravo! I couldn’t agree more. Have a lovely week as well. 🙂

    • willowdot21
      May 10, 2015 @ 06:17:20

      Hi Paul thanks for reading, yes the UK is in the Middle of 70th Anniversary of VE day and Royals are busy attending events.
      The young people at the polling station were a sight for sore eyes and encouraging too. Voting levels have dropped since 2000 we really need the younger people to take an interest and vote.
      Please say hi to everyone over at Mark’s for me and yes I look forward to having you back here next week in your usual slot. 😉 xxx

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    • willowdot21
      May 10, 2015 @ 06:22:44

      Hey Paul is your if we were having coffee up on Mark’s page yet?

      Reply

  2. 1EarthUnited
    May 10, 2015 @ 05:22:44

    Willow, thanks for sharing u’r lovely tribute to mum, and mothers everywhere. ❤

    Reply

  3. Solveig
    May 10, 2015 @ 06:15:55

    That was a sad and beautiful poem about your mum.

    Reply

  4. rebeccaMpells
    May 10, 2015 @ 10:32:45

    Wonderful post – just what I needed after the post election blues ! 🙂

    Reply

  5. Diana
    May 10, 2015 @ 15:57:41

    Your mum was lovely.

    Life here has been busy and challenging, but I think we’ll soon be sailing into smoother waters.

    Love that photo of the intergalactic voters!! 🙂

    Reply

  6. Let's CUT the Crap!
    May 10, 2015 @ 17:04:57

    Busy times around you.
    Thank you for the Mother’s Day wishes. I know you’ve already celebrated Mothering Day, but I sent you a Canadian Mother’s Day. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Reply

  7. busymindthinking
    May 11, 2015 @ 01:45:57

    If we were having coffee, I’d be laughing and having the time of my life, and I would be twenty pounds heavier as those sweets look too yummy!

    Reply

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    May 04, 2017 @ 23:11:15

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    Be well, elizarmahipus

    Reply

  9. Jay-ar
    May 10, 2017 @ 07:48:22

    Dear friend!

    Have you heard about that new art gallery opening? I think it’s going to be much fun, here is more info about the event http://valhalla.drjamesdkey.com

    Looking forward, elizarmahipus

    Reply

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