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!

 

35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. moondustwriter
    May 17, 2015 @ 15:51:01

    If we were having coffee I would get some gardening tips. Hope you are having a great weekend!!!

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  2. Lisa
    May 17, 2015 @ 15:53:57

    Rest up, Willow! Glad you got safely home! It looks like you had fun! 🙂

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  3. TanGental
    May 17, 2015 @ 16:32:23

    If you tried to colour match that Roman sky they’d say impossible. It’s an age since I was in the Eternal City but it looks as fabulous as I recall. Jealous of your toms, though; ours look to be about three weeks behind you Ditto the spuds, though we are pleased with our broad beans this year. You have to laugh at hosepipe bans, don’t you? Too much in one part of the country not enough elsewhere. If only they’d build a national water grid when they built the electricity…

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    • willowdot21
      May 17, 2015 @ 17:54:07

      If only they’d built a national water grid when they built the electricity… There might of been an explosion?? Yes Rome was amazing my first visit and I shall never forget it! I need photographic evidence of your broad beans it only fair you have seen our toms and pots! Hose pipe bans………… hahahahhahahahahha!

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  4. Diana
    May 17, 2015 @ 17:23:32

    Oh, Rome looks lovely! It’s a place I’d love to visit sometime.

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  5. markbialczak
    May 17, 2015 @ 21:37:02

    No surprise, Willow. I fell in love with your photo of the building you all call the Typewriter. Seeing as that’s what I started my career on, you know? 😉

    OK, what can we do to smooth it with the Newbie’s family already? Enough! Do want me to step in as a referee? I can be very calming. Journalist’s touch from the old days there, too, Willow. I can start sending the emails back and forth any time you ask me to be the grand negotiator.

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    • willowdot21
      May 18, 2015 @ 11:43:23

      Yes Mark the Typewriter is a splendid building and right in the center of the city! Thank you so much for offering to mediate but I do not think the entire UN could solve the problem right now! But I am so very grateful and touched by your offer and I shall keep it in mind ❤

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  6. Paul
    May 17, 2015 @ 23:05:07

    That’s amazing Willow! Wonderful pictures and what must have been an amazing trip.Thank you so much for sharing this with us. And your plants look awesome – really growing fast. We have a similar issue with water at times in Ottawa in the summer. A lot of homes have water collection bins on their downspouts. Thanks so much for this post – it is great to see Rome through the eyes of of friend.

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    • willowdot21
      May 18, 2015 @ 11:39:53

      It was a pleasure to share Paul I love to share!! We certainly did the rounds in Rome and I hope the photos did the City justice. As for the garden it is hard work but so worth it, and water…. well there is always too little or to much it is never just right!! 🙂

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  7. 1EarthUnited
    May 18, 2015 @ 01:38:54

    Beautiful photos, you and hubby have certainly covered the sights, thanks so much for sharing! Have a good rest.

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  8. Let's CUT the Crap!
    May 18, 2015 @ 10:17:53

    I lost internet as I replied yesterday.
    Love all the pictures, Willow. I’m jealous. If I lived where you do, I’d be taking mini-holidays every couple of months. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. ❤ ,3 ❤

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  9. morgaine620
    May 18, 2015 @ 16:20:55

    Glad you had a nice trip. Maybe I should go and see Rome too. But for now we “just” head to the other end of Britain and see Hay and the Hayfestival at the weekend. Am looking forward to that….. Take good care of yourself!

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  10. somemaid
    May 18, 2015 @ 18:58:10

    Rome sounds delightful, I’d love to visit one year. I too laughed at the hose pipe bans they always seem to arrive after the wettest of winters. The cakes and your garden look amazing, we’ve given up on tomatoes and spuds in our garden, just not enough room, nor sunshine (north facing) but our broad beans are looking promising.
    Have a great week and hope things settle down with the Newbie

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  11. Solveig
    May 19, 2015 @ 06:18:18

    Oh you seem to have had a great week, with great weather in Rome.
    I am a bit late for your coffee, I hope that you don’t mind.
    You seem to have a green thumb, I’ve never seen grow bags…
    Have a great week, enjoy it even if you aren’t traveling to Rome this time.

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    • willowdot21
      May 19, 2015 @ 08:17:43

      Hello Solveig your fine no one is ever too late for coffee, welcome come on in! This week has been busy too, washing ,ironing shopping and the gym. I wish we were back in Rpme. O do miss the sun!! Still as you see the garden needs tending so life goes. Here have a seat here and a cuppa it is good to see you. I hope your week is going well. 🙂

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