Hello everyone welcome to the garden we have a marquee and heaters, all the garden furniture has been washed and I have put out cushions for your comfort.
Well what do you think shall we chance it . 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
If we were having Coffee: I would have to say how deeply saddened I am about the recent events in Tunisia,France and Kuwait, I have gone into detail on thse matters in my SoCs post yesterday.Man’s scant respect for man never ceases to dismay me.
Okay If we were having Coffee: I would tell you how on Monday the husband and I decided to take a spur of the moment trip to Winchester to see the Round Table which is kept in the Great hall, also to see again the legendary Cathedral. Well the weather on the trip down was appalling it poured with rain. As we arrived in Winchester the weather did improve and so we parked up and made our way to the Cathedral , horror of horrors we found it was closed!! … What! closed why ? well it was being decorated for a flower festival. We did feel sorry for the many people being turned away and who had come from abroad, places like Australia , America, Japan, Canada, all over infact. So we visited the museum which was full of interesting exhibits .
Well the rain did stop and we had a lovely day even if the Cathedral was closed as was the Great Hall luckily we have seen the round table and the Cathedral before!
If we were having Coffee : I tell you how the rest of the week has been busyat home and at the gym. Now can I offer you more tea, coffee or cake what can I tempt you too?
If we were having coffee: I would like to wish everyone in Canada a happy Canada day weekend , It has been a busy weekend here it has been British forces weekend and also it was the huge Gay pride March through London on Saturday.
Right now it is time for Garden Watch!….. I know it’s boring but!!
As the saying goes all in the garden is fine!
Time is slipping by and our middle son is joining us for a Sunday roast here today and this afternoon we are expecting a visit from the Newbie and his family … the Newbie who is now 1yr 4months!! so fingers cross an wish us a happy day please…. I know it is not the done thing to ask …but hey I am asking. xxxxx
Once again I thank you all for visiting me and Paul too we love to see you and hear what you have to say and we hope you will join us again next week! Hugs to you all!
Do all stay and be comfortable we love to see you all.
Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul; I’ll be your barista today. I’m happy to see you have come for a cuppa and a chat. Please come into the garden and make yourself comfortable. Willow has put out the cushions on the chairs and set the table under the canopy so we can 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 amongst the flowers while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?
Well now folks, over here in North America this week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made two earth shaking rulings this week – literally changing the face of American law and culture in a way celebrated by many. Early in the week they ruled that Obamacare (the American government’s organizing and making mandatory health insurance) was to stay, and so were any funds used to support that program. Then later in the week that same high court ruled that same sex marriages were to be legalized across the country. Both of these rulings were unexpected and neither was one that I thought I would see in my lifetime.
The US is slowly but surely separating into two diametrically opposing groups, roughly organized around degree of wealth. The wealthy, under the Republican Party, oppos Obamacare and any other policies that have the government securing the well being of the population. They are adamant that individual responsibility for personal well being is sacrosanct, even if this means the bankruptcy or even death of the individual. This is very easy for them to believe as they have the funds to support their own health care and all else. On the flip side of the coin, many average Americans had no health care coverage and could not buy any. Now they can and without any prior conditions limitations. Mind you it is expensive, but health care in general is expensive. The Supreme Court has made Obamacare official – it is here to stay. This is a huge step for America towards providing basic needs for their population. A very new and important step.
Would you like another cuppa? Perhaps a sweet? Corporate America has a mantra that they take care of their employees. The truth is that one of the central outcomes of capitalism is to transfer wealth to those who are already wealthy – and we can see the effects of this as fewer and fewer hold more and more of the wealth on a yearly basis.
One of the results of this gradual devaluation of the population is the reduction of their ability to pay for healthcare. To keep a healthy populace it is important to offer financially affordable healthcare – and that means affordable insurance. (Or socialized healthcare like Canada – which is a sort of insurance supported by taxation.) So, the implementation of Obamacare and its confirmation by SCOTUS , is a critical step in recognizing the responsibility of government to care for its citizens. I say: Well Done.
Then towards end of the week, SCOTUS ruled again. This time they legalized same sex marriages. This was a surprise even to those who were supporting the effort. It was possible for the court to come to a decision that was half way between legalizing and disallowing. They did not – they went all the way. Now, in the United States, the individual states have a lot of authority and may not follow the federal law. However that is an easily solved issue by simply relocating. Also, the ruling gives all the rights of federal marital benefits to same sex couples, benefits like pensions and survivor rights and medical and financial power of attorney, regardless of the position of the individual
One would think that this ruling would not raise any ire, after all it is simply the extension of rights to those who have been denied. It harms no one, and changes nothing for the general population. And yet here is a quote from a blogger on a recent post about the upcoming US Presidential election: “Perry for President: anti-immigration and anti-gay. There’s no other candidate in my opinion. My husband says his policies have brought prosperity to Texas and it’s the kind of thing I’d like to see happen for our whole country.” – Kate Minter commenting on Insanitybytes2. And that is pretty tame – many comments have been filled with vitriol. Even one of the dissenting Supreme Court Justices – Scalia, of course (he votes against any public benefit cases) – said the ruling was “higgledy-piggledy” and “pure applesauce” , whatever that means.
On that note, that’s about all we have room for this week, so it’s time to settle in with another cuppa and enjoy the garden. 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.
Sometimes I wander what if any headway we have made up the path of evolution? As far as I can see we have barely left the primeval swamps. I ask you why is there so much hate and evil in this world ? Is that the sum of what we are ….. really is it ?
This year has been a really bad one for atrocities from ISIS and other terrorists. I will not list them some, most of you will know them. Is this the sumof what we have become. Some people will say I am highlighting the bad and not looking at the good but I know what I know and it makes me so sad.
All I can do to sum this up is to say there is no point in despair we cannot give in to the few who are trying to overthrow those of us that search for good. Clearly something needs to be done and I know what I would do if I was incharge …………
So in summary we as humans are selfish, evil and greedy, we do not look after our planet and we do not care for our fellow men here are just some of yesterdays atrocities Tunisia, France, Kuwait .
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His hands are too big,
Like his heart and the love he has to give .
His fear is tangible but he holds the baby
His own his son a leader of men …maybe.
This life these eyes dependent on him
My boy my lad his heart begins to sing.
She just smiles as she watches.
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