IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: Kidnapping, Garden Produce ,Geese,

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.

Lets  join  everyone  here  and  all the  other  “IF  WE  WERE  HAVING  COFFEES”

Join in !

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 draw  your  attention  to  Paul’s  guest  post  this  week  as it is  very  interesting, I  am  not  going  to go  over  what  he has  written  as  he has  covered  it  so  eloquently!  Now  what  has  been going on  here  well the  weeks  flash  buy  so  quickly   and  I  am  sure  I shall meet  my self  going  backwards  one  day!

So  the usual  vists  to  the  gym  and  classes, then  on  Wednesday   my  friend  L  and I  spent  a cultural  day  in the local  museum, it  was really  interesting  …. luckily  for  you  there  was no  photography  allow !!We also  enjoyed  a  pot of  tea and a  scone each. We had  a lovely  day.

If  we were having  coffee: Friday  was  interesting  too  as  I was  due  to  meet  a friend  who  lives up  the road  but  who I have not seen since  before  our River  trip. My  sister  came  over in the morning  so I could help her  with  her  laptop, this task  took longer  than either of us  had  expected  and I  rung  my  friend  to say  I was going to  be half  an hour  late. ” Aha!  she  said  that is  fine  as I want  to  kidnap  you ”  I was intrigued  as ( touch  wood)  I have never  been  kidnapped  and have no  wish  to be!

Well I  sorted  my  sister out  as best I  could  and  she was happy  because  we had  sorted  her  immediate  problem. So I  went  along  to  my  friend’s house. The  kidnapping   turned out  to be  a trip  to Bisham (the place  hubby  and I  visited  the other  week. ) Her  son  was  doing  the last  of  his  duties  as  youth  leader (  moving into the  real world  and  a new  career ) He  had been incharge  of  a camp  of  young  people  and  we had  been  roped in to  help  clear  up  the  area  an  take  two  young  lads home!

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The camp site

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Goose with gammy wing

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Geese with lone duck cleaning up

When we arrived,  there  were pile of  equipment  everywhere  and people  loading  cars  with  camping  and  cooking  gear  and  children! We  joined in  and  soon  the  field  looked  pristine  again as in top  picture ! There  was  a Goose  there who  had  broken  a wing , I  asked  about  him  and  was  told  that  he had  broken  his wing  last year  but  the RSPB  had  fixed him  up  and  though  he  has  a strange  protuding  part  to his wing  he has happily  survived  the year!

As  you can see  the only  evidence  that  there had  been  a  camp  there  at  all was  the  different  colour  patches  on the  field!  That is  shown in  above  with  the  lone Duck  who joined  the  Geese  in their  clear  up  routine!

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Ready for dinner today

If  we  were having  coffee: I would  tell you how  we have  been  eating  our  potatoes  (  crop  all gone! )  and  our  lovely green beans! It is  so good  to just  pop out  to the garden  and  just pick  the  amount  you  want  for dinner.  The  tomatoes  are  getting  huge  and it looks like we will be  making  lots of  chutney  again this  year! I say  we but  it is  really  the hubby’s  domain.

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Fit to burst

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Green and healthy

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Hidden among the leaves

Now see  I slipped  the garden  report in  without  a warning !!

Take your Pick

If  we were having coffee : I would  ask  if  I  can fill up  your  cup, or  glass  or  get  you anything  else  to  eat  it is  all  calorie  free! Now  last  night  the hubby  and I went  to visit  some  friends  and  we had  a great  evening  and  today  we are  having hubby’s  mother  over  for  dinner  we  do most  Sundays  if  we are  here.  So  really  I  have  to go  and get  on  as  the  dinner  will not  cook itself!

I do hope  you have not  found my  idle  chitter  chatter  to  boring   but  as  I  said  Paul’s  blog  is  very  thought  provking  again this  week!  So with that said  I must  love  you  and  leave  you !

If  we  were having  coffee :  I say  I  was  sad  to miss  the  Annual  Bloggers  Bash  info here 

And of course  the

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  WEEKEND COFFEE SHARE

over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

Oh!! I nearly  forgot  my  beautiful  SunFlowers  I bought  them yesterday!!

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Full of warmth

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And Hope !

 

If We Were Having Coffee Guest Post– August 2/2015: Plane Truth – No Droning On

Plane Truth – No Droning On

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 fluffed the cushions on the chairs and set the tables in the garden so we can have a cuppa and chat as we soak up the sun and enjoy the beautiful plants. 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 personaland/or worldwide. How has your week been?

So the big news in the last few days has been the discovery of a flaperon (part of the wing) from a Boeing 777 that washed up on the beach on a small French owned island called Réunion just off Madagascar. It was covered with barnacles and appeared to have been torn from a plane. There are a few interesting things about this: first, there is only one Boeing 777 that is missing and that is Flight MH370 that disappeared about 20 months ago on the other side of the Indian Ocean; and second the modern composite material construction allowed the flaperon to float, which would not be the case for any older airplane.

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Modified from: Wikipedia read  here 

The flaperon has been identified as definitely from a Boeing 777 but has not been uniquely matched to the Flight 370 plane. That said, there are no other 777’s or pieces of 777’s missing anywhere in the world. All are accounted for. That would suggest quite strongly that this is a part of the missing plane. Since the piece was found on French territory, it has been transported a defense ministry laboratory in Toulouse France. It arrived on Saturday and will be inspected on Monday when the officials come back from the weekend.

Officials match the parts number to Boeing 777

As much as this discovery has raised the hopes of some of the family of those who disappeared that they will finally get closure, officials are not so optimistic. The flaperon was found thousands of miles from where the plane must have gone down (given the fuel it had aboard and its cruising range) and the ocean currents obviously carried it there. They say that working the currents in reverse to discover the plane’s location could not be done after 20 months have elapsed. It is possible that the final resting place of the plane and its passengers may remain a mystery.

Would you like another cuppa? Perhaps a sweet? Remember all of our sweets are calorie free. While we are on the topic of airplanes, there was a scary occurrence Friday at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. At 2:24 pm Friday a JetBlue flight approaching JFK at about 800 feet had a drone pass by at less than 100 feet from the plane. Again at around 5 pm another jetliner had the same thing happen. By law drones are banned from being within 5 miles of an airport but there is little or no enforcement possible because the laws and enforcement authority have not kept up with drone development. A drone that is ingested in an engine could bring down a plane and a drone that hits a windshield could easily enter the cockpit and kill a pilot, which during landing could also crash the plane. There is another very bad possibility. With modern day 3-D printers, a drone could be constructed from explosive material and detonated close to a plane. Drones have always made me feel uneasy. They can be used for surveillance or they can enter private property without permission. There is no way to limit their travel or actions. And the laws to control them are weak or non-existent. They can fly over major highways and yet do not require any registration or safety inspections. They can hover and look into any window at any level on any building. Or they can be used by terrorists or criminals to carry explosives or poison or nerve gas. (As a worst case). They just have access to too many places that they should not and there is no way to stop them. When writing this post I checked E-Bay and there were hundreds of drones for sale from $60 to $5,000 with the average being around $1,300. What are your thoughts on the proliferation of drones?

$ For sale on E Bay – $1,399 USD

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.

And of course  the

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  WEEKEND COFFEE SHARE

over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

Ukrainian design student Herman Haydin has revealed his idea for flying robot bartenders (shown). Called Yura the concept is part of the 2014 Electrolux Design Lab contest. The flying drones would be capable of making hot and cold drinks and then serving them Read more:

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