If We Were Having Coffee: Ships, Rivers and Returns


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  remind  you that  Paul  is  still holding court at Markbialzak’s blog 
Everything is ready for you in the garden. Please enjoy. We  should  be back  to Normal  , whatever  normal is next  week!

If  we  were having  coffee :  I would  tell  you  that  I  have  been  away  with  the  hubby  on  on a  Rhine  cruise! I  have  to say  it  was way  above  my  expectations, to  be honest  I  was in  trepidation! I  am not  keen  on  water  and  I  do not like  like ships or  boats! The  thought of a sea  cruise  sends  me running  at  speed  for cover! Yet  this  cruise  down  the Rhine  was  calm  relaxed  and luxurious!

Cruise 1459

Silent Sun Set

Cruise 1462

Gliding by in the afternoon

Cruise 1464

Late afternoon on the upper deck

Cruise 1489

A walk in the Black forest!

Cruise 1513

One of the coach drivers 🙂

Cruise 1588

Look who we found on our bed!

Cruise 1655

Castles and vineyards on the Rhine

Cruise 1857

A whole day’s cruising

Cruise 1894

Excellent food

Cruise 1901


Cruise 1907

Early morning Amsterdam

Cruise 1909

Morning Sun

We really  had a  lovely  time   and  met  so  many  special  people , four in  particular  with  who  I hope  we  can keep in  contact  with.

More  cakes  anyone  I  hope I  have not  bored  you  with  my  photos ,  your  lucky  I only  showed  you  twelve I  took  hundreds!!

If  we were having  Coffee : Although  I  was  away  I  did try  to  post a little  something  everyday . A  thought,  an  idea or even  a  day  dream.  Monday  the  sunset  gave me inspiration  watching  the  sun  change  the colour of  the  river  as it  set (so it  seemed) We  went on  a tour  every day,  we visited  castles, in one I  saw  a rose  growing  by a door  that  gave  me  the idea  for  Thurdays post. Tuesday I reflected  in  the photo  and  on  the guides  …omg !

Wednesay  was  LindaGHill’s  One liner Wednesday, the  tour  guide  did  say  that  sentence  about  the  wolf  population ….. I  wrote  down  as it left  her lips!! Also  silent  Wednesday  that  was  easy  too  as  we had  so  much  to  see!

Friday  again  just  flowed  from  me  (  excuse  the pun)  acrostic  river , and  Suturday  was LindsGHill’s  SoCs , that  was  about  the people I  had  met  and  those  I  already  love.

If  we  were having  coffee : So today I  will  be rushing in  and out  having  a quick  word  there  and filling a  cup  up  here! Hoping  you  don’t  think  me  rude.  I  am trying  to  read  all  your posts,  there  are loads to read as I  did not  have a lot of  time  to  do  much on  Wordpress  as  the ship and  the real  world offered  so much to  experience  but I did try  when I  could  get  WIFI.

If  we  were having Coffee :  I  would  now  announce  that  it is  Garden Catch up  time…. I know , I know  but  we are  proud of  it!!


My how they have grown!


Looking thirsty but huge!


And bearing fruit


and more fruit


Potatoes and Beans thriving despite the lack of rain.


We did have a friend look after the garden

We  did  have a  friend  to  look  after  the garden  and  she watered  the  veg  plus a new Fusia  we  had  recently  bought ! We  knew  everything  else  would  survive! It  has  been very  hot  here  and in Europe   and  the gardens  are  crying  out for  a  rain  storm . Believe it or  not  right on cue  as  I write  this, a  light  rain  is  starting  to fall. ….. It’s  okay  if  it rains  tomorrow  I have  the ironing   to  do  and everything  is  washed  dried  and airing!!

Well as  I  said  I am  very  busy  this  week …. OH! I  hope  we  will be  back  to normal  by  next  Sunday!! and Paul  will be back  here, I have  missed  him!

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.

And of course  the


over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s


31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lbeth1950
    Jul 12, 2015 @ 16:23:29

    If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have been at my daughter’s house for two weeks helping out till she’s up to to speed. I’d tell you it’s hard to enmesh yourself into another family without bungling. None of us know each other well enough for the gears to move smoothly as they should, even though we are all trying.


  2. Paul
    Jul 12, 2015 @ 16:26:30

    Those are amazing photos Willow. And such a great trip! I understand those river cruises are very nice. They advertise them a lot over here in Canada. I hope all is well and that you had a grand time! I look forward to seeing more photos and having you back in the saddle again. 😀


  3. gigoid
    Jul 12, 2015 @ 16:30:43

    Sounds like a lovely time… good on ya!….



  4. cordeliasmom2012
    Jul 12, 2015 @ 17:08:27

    If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I will never, ever willingly go through a major household renovation again. It gives a whole new definition to the word Hell.


    • willowdot21
      Jul 12, 2015 @ 18:03:34

      Yes I can concur with that .. we have had kitchen’s and bathrooms done and it can be horrendous! Here have an Irish Coffee it might calm your nerves!


  5. 1EarthUnited
    Jul 12, 2015 @ 18:19:04

    The cruise and pictures are lovely! glad to hear it wasn’t a bumpy ride and you were calm and relaxed during the trip. Another few weeks and you’ll start harvesting, how yummy. Always love u’r cute kitty photos! 🙂


  6. Diana
    Jul 12, 2015 @ 22:51:59

    Love the photos! I’ve always felt sort-of the same way about ships and cruises, but that looks fun. 🙂


  7. socialbridge
    Jul 13, 2015 @ 08:06:42

    Willow, delighted you enjoyed the cruise. Stunning photos.


  8. Bernice
    Jul 14, 2015 @ 15:36:59

    Looks like you had a wonderful vacation!!!


  9. zacharykmiller
    Jul 14, 2015 @ 15:54:07

    I am so jealous of your cruise! What cruise line did you take through the Rhine?! My wife and I really want to do a European cruise! Also, your garden is looking fantastic! Maybe you will share some fruit one of these weekends! 🙂


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