If we were having Coffee: Rome, Home and Garden.

Hello  everyone  I  thought  I  catch  you  all  as  you  arrive. I was  thinking  as  the  weather  is  improving  we  could  start  sitting out in the  garden ! I  think it  is  looking  good  have  a  look  for  yourselves   and  then  we can  decide  if  we are  ready  to  move out  there!

Well what  do  you  think  shall  we  chance  it  we  can  bring out  the  heaters  we used  in  the Autumn  if  anyone  is  used  to higher  temperatures. Now  as  always  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, I  am exhausted  physically  and mentally  today  so  I  am going to  sit  here  and  pour  you all a drink   do  help  yourselves  to  any  cake or  biscuit , remember  as I  have already  said  all are  calorie  free.

If we were having Coffee: I would  tell you that  we have  just returned  from  a trip  to Rome,  well we actually  got  back  in the  wee small hours  of Friday! We walked  miles  and  saw  so  much! The  weather  was  brilliant  and  we had  also  had  some  wonderful  food  and wine!

We  stayed  at   an hotel  that  was  in the  grounds  of  a  monastery  it  was  set  in  beautiful  gardens  and  there  was  a seminary and  a church. There  were lots of  Nuns  and Priests  there  on  business  and  holiday, there  were  two  groups  of  young  people  on  Lecture  Tours  one  group  from the US, there  were families  and  couples  and  of  course us! It  was  quite  a  mix. It  was a lovely  hotel  and  the staff  were  excellent , polite  cheerful  and happy  to help.

We had  not picked the hotel  because it was  Catholic,  we  picked  it for it’s  location , a two minute  walk  from the  Metro  and  really  good restaurants.  We visited  The  Pantheon, The  Colosseum, The  Forum, The  Spanish Steps, The Borgesie Park,The Vatican, Sistine Chapel, The Vatican Museum  and  the  Trevi Fountain .  St Paul’s Basilica  and  St Paul’s  Square, Argentina Square, Circus Maximus and Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II (  which  the  locals  call  either  the Typewriter  or  The  Wedding cake) and  more!! PHEW!!   I have  included  photos  at  the  bottom of  this  post!

More cakes anyone?

 

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Tomato plants

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Getting stronger

 

 If we were having  coffee :  I would  ask  you if  you  would  like  another  cuppa  and  some  cakes  all calorie  free and  waiting  for  you . Do  you  remember   our  tomato plants  I  have  been charting  their  progress  for  you  in  photos  for a  few  weeks  now , well they are  outside  now   and if  you  follow  me  round  the  side  of  the house I  shall show  them  now  that  they  are  grown enough  to be outside in their  grow bags! Also  the  potatoes  are  coming  along  too! As  you  can  see  we  have  three rainwater  collecting  vats  strange  as  it  may seem no  matter  how  much  rain we  might  get  in the  winter  or  spring  there  are  always  hosepipe bans a  couple  of  weeks into  the  summer!

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Potatoes

If we  were having  Coffee: I  would  tell  you  that  however  lovely  it is  to go  away  we always  have  to return  at  some  point  and  went  we  do  all the  problems  and  minutia of  life  will still be  waiting  for us   on  our  return! So  it is back to  real life  with a  bang!

All  the  problems  I  managed  to  hide  from  myself  are  back, there is  still a rift  between us  and  the Newbie’s family  and  it  feels  as  though  it  is  getting  wider… the hubby  is still very  hurt, as I  am I  but  if I  say  anything I  just  make it  worse  so I  am keeping  my  mouth shut!…… Anyway  enough of  that,  lets  enjoy  the  sun,  the refreshments  and  all our  friends!

And of course  the

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  WEEKEND COFFEE SHARE

over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

 

Let us  go  and Join  Paul  and  all his  guests  and  see  what  they  are up  to and  what  sort  of  week  they  have had. Thank  you  all so  much  for  coming   and  I look  forward  to  seeing  you  all again next  week! 🙂    And  now  some  photos  from Rome.

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Statues on a bridge

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Largo di Torre Argentina

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The Locals call this the Typwriter

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Inside the Vatican

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Largest and oldest cast concrete roof The Patheon

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The Forum

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Poppies in the Forum

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View from the Palatine Hill

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Looking down at the Forum from the Palatine Hill

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The Spanish Steps

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The Gardens in the Vatican

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Inside the Vatican

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St Peters Squqre

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Inside St Peter’s

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Swiss Guards outside St Peter’s

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Fountain in St Peter’s Square

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View from a cafe.

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Marked are some of the places we visited

 

 

 

 

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Double Helix Staircase in the Vatican Museum

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Trevi Fountain covered over for restoration!

 

If We Were Having Coffee – May 17/2015: Guest Post.

 

LETTER TO A  FRIEND

Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul, I’ll be your Barista today and I’m happy to be here once again. Please come in and make yourself comfortable. Willow has plumped the cushions and started a cozy fire so we can warm ourselves while we have a cuppa and chat. As usual, 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. Also available is a large selection of spirits for addition to your cuppa or in its place. We can relax while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

We discuss a wide range of topics here while having our coffee and tea. Today I thought that I’d do something a bit different and reproduce a letter that I just sent to a friend on Friday night after I got home from dialysis. I have changed her name and tidied up the punctuation and corrected spelling errors for ease for reading. Otherwise every word is identical. I chose to share this letter as I felt it gives a “real” glimpse into one day in my life.

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Hey Francine!

I went to the hospital for dialysis a bit early today. When the weather is nice, I’ve been going early. I usually run out of cigarettes about mid-month so I go and troll the smoking areas around the hospital. I take the partially burnt cigarettes that people leave in the outside ashtrays and then take out the tobacco and use rolling papers to make some home made “rollies” (as they are called here). One visit can usually keep me in cigarettes for 2 days. Anyway, I was pondering today how I was going to get some more rolling papers – they are only $1.35 (about a pound) for 100 but I only had 75 cents to do me until my next cheque (in about 10 days).

So I was walking around the hospital – good exercise for me (about 1.5 km or 1 mile)- collecting the butts when I got to the employee smoking area behind the hospital. This is usually the mother lode as the staff (non-medical) is mostly French and smokes a lot. They are well paid and often leave cigarettes that are only 1/4 burnt. There are about 500 employees working in the Hospital. Anyway, there were a few people there but I seldom mooch, I just walk around and collect from the ashtrays. There was a woman sitting there and I greeted her. When she looked at me quizzically I explained that I used the unused tobacco to roll cigarettes. She gave me 4 new cigarettes and I thanked her. So, I sat down to smoke one and chat with her. Her brother in law was into trucking so we spoke about trucks and when she asked what I did I told her. Anyway, after about 10 minutes she got up to go, reached in her purse and gave me a twenty dollar bill (about 15 pounds) – saying that she wanted me to have it. I was flabbergasted and thanked her very much.

When I was walking back into the hospital I was thinking and realized I had asked for 70 cents earlier today – it is so like God to give so much more than we ask for. You know, people often really are very kind. I had the transport drop me at the corner store on the way home and I bought some milk and bread and rolling papers. I still have a few dollars to get to my next cheque. I was pissed off last week, when I had purchased a big ham to cut up for sandwiches and when I went to use it, there were black spots on the ham, so I pitched it. It annoys me because I kept it very cold and it was not passed the expiry date. That left me a bit short on food.

Dialysis went pretty well tonight – few alarms and the needles were perfect (first shot and excellent flow – indicating they were perfectly placed in the fistula). I had “restless legs” a condition that happens sometimes on dialysis – it is annoying but I got through. There’s a new hospital volunteer in the dialysis unit on Friday evening and Saturday – a  young student by the name of Mubarak. He is a third year biochemistry student at a local university. He does this because he enjoys helping – there is no requirement for him to do it. We chatted for about an hour about university and chemistry – it was a good break from the routine.

Anyway I should let you go F – I have to write a coffee guest post for Willow tonight. I wrote a long story, as a post, about a trip I took years ago and sent it to a blogger this week as a guest post. It wasn’t very good, so I told her to trash it. I need to replace it this weekend.

How’s things going with you? I didn’t follow you to Facebook today because my little computer freezes up every time I try to get on Facebook. I think it uses a lot of memory or something.

Anyway, I wish you fulfillment, health and happiness – and your family as well. Say “Hi” to Bill for me. Tell him that his fans are clamoring for more videos.

Paul

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On that note, that’s about all we have room for this week, so it’s time to settle in with another cuppa and watch the fire. Sweets anyone? Please join me in thanking Willow for her invitation to tea. We are all honored that you dropped by today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please look around at Willow’s other posts while you’re here. Willow is over there serving her guests and chatting it up. Let’s go see how she is today. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you back here for sweets and beverages of your choice again next week.

And of course  the

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