If we were having coffee: The Good the bad and the garden!

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Tea and scones

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!

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NorthGate Winchester

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Part of a roman floor in the Museum

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The Cathedral

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War memorial out side Winchester Cathedral

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Cathedral through the trees

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Cathedral Green in the rain

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Cathedral

If we  were having  Coffee : I tell  you how  the  rest  of  the  week has been busy  at  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!!

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The Green Beans

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Tomatoe Alley they are getting taller!

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Flowers promise fruit

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Poatoes and Beans

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The roses are dropping petals everywhere

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The Pergola

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The Patio Trees

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.

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If We Were Having Coffee – June 28/2015 Guest Post: Rights and Freedoms

Rights and Freedoms

 

Paul Your Barista

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.

Gay Pride Afternoon Tea

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