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”
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 tell you just how much I would like to pretend that I have all the time in world this week but sadly my time is very clipped today. We have the mother in law over most Sundays…. for some reason neither of the husbands two siblings seem to see fit to have her over, so most Sundays, outings and Holidays ( as our American friends say, to me Christmas,Easter and bank holidays fall to us. ) Now we don’t mind but it does get a little stressful when there are other things on the cards that need to be organized!….. Enough I am not moaning just stating facts!
If we were having coffee: I would tell you it has been a strange week as I have been under the weather and spent two days in bed with stomach ache. So it has not been a normal week as I was unable to get out and do most of the usual things that make my week normal. I like normal it makes me feel safe anything else tends to upset my equilibrium!
Now I have found a very interesting new blog, on first sight it appears to be a cookery blog but as the posts started coming to my email I discovered that it is also about a very brave and courageous mother of nine children’s account of her life as a foreigner living and married to a man in Saudi, she has amazed and inspired me, also I love her recipes. Do pop over and check out at Lynz real cooking. here is one of her triumphs …go on let’s all have a piece!
If we were having coffee : I would ask what are the big things that affected you in the news this week. As I said I have been out of it most of the week but what has seeped through to me is that the Number of Muslim women who are taking off for Syria to join isis from this country,the UK , is growing . Well okay if these women feel they need to dessert the life they have grown up with over here and want to give up every last vestige of freedom then fine they make their own beds let them lie in them. But they are taking children with them, some very young children too. Apparently these women are doing this mad exodus without their husbands or families knowing ?
It started with young men being radicalized by youtube and social media, then it was young girls and now women with children are up and fleeing into what I can only see as the unknown. Well if young men , girls and women want to leave here and head out to join isis so be it. Now to my mind their actions do not come without consequences if they go they can never return. Let us face it how could they ever be trusted not to turn against us? That said it is not fair of them to take their children with them, what mother can willing take their children into a war zone, a place where women are treated a cheap chattels and worth less than cattle. It pains me to say this but it is wrong . Read here
Right If we were having coffee : Can I get you a top up or perhaps you would like something stronger.
Now the moment you all adore….. Garden time!!
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!
Let us go and Join Paul and the gang they are all over at Mark Bialczak this week and see what they are all discussing ! It has been lovely as always to have you all here and I hope, as does Paul that you will all join us here again next week.
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And of course the
IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: WEEKEND COFFEE SHARE
over at Part Time Monster and Gene’O’s
29 thoughts on “If we were having Coffee : Gardens, News, families”
wow this is delightful! What a wonderful “coffee” love it!!! Thanks for mentioning me you are too kind!!Hope your week goes well!
You are always welcome would you like a piece of your cake. xxx
Love it!!! we had coffee mornings on the compound where all the ladies came and brought sweets! I had never heard anyone else use that term! so lovely
You are so welcome 🙂
amazing of you!
Hi Willow! Great pics of the garden – when you really have a green thumb. Sorry to hear you were under the weather earlier this week and glad you are better now. You do know that we (the first world) created ISIS? There are two major Muslim branches – Sunni and Shia. Saddam Hussein was Sunni and he treated the Shia terribly. When the Americans et al toppled his government, they installed a predominately Shia replacement who immediately started killing all the Sunni they could find and drove them from their homes – this from the NEW “democratic” government WE put in there. The Sunni found themselves homeless and organized into groups to strike back at the government supported genocide. Eventually these groups merged into ISIS. Many of the members were previously soldiers and officers in Hussein’s Sunni government and so knew how to organize and fight. They have thumbed their noses at the western world who caused this and have declared us their enemies as well as the Shia who are persecuting them with our blessing. They have also since declared a “Caliphate” – a Muslim religious government headed by a “Caliph” who is believed to be a successor of Mohammed. They hold their lands tenuously and do not have a physical seat of government yet – but they are growing.
ISIS has put out a call to all Sunni to join them and the religious Muslims have obeyed – that is the exodus you see from the UK and from here as well. It is hard for them not to Willow – as they feel required by their Faith to support their religious Caliphate. Don’t get me wrong ISIS is a horror show – they are dangerous, treat people – even non-combatants – inhumanely and will eventually lose what they have gained if they continue to abuse others as well as women. It is wrong what they are doing and they are a bloody minded lot who should all be imprisoned and yet I can perfectly understand why they are doing what they are doing – it is precisely how they have been treated by their own “government”. After all it is their version of an eye for an eye.
I just don’t know what to say Paul so I will say nothing. xx
The situation is so badly screwed up that there are no answers Willow.
You are not wrong there Paul!!
Thank you for the link to Lynz blog. I will be sure to check it out. I am sorry you’ve been unwell this week. I hope you are feeling so much better and I am sorry you are still having to host your mother in law this week. I hope all is better this coming week and you are in top form next time around!
I am sure I will be thank you Corina. Do try Lynx blog it is a really interesting place to visit. I hope you have a great week, thank you for visiting. Xxxx
Love the photos!
Thanks Diana 😉
ExplodingDog, coffee, and gardens are three of my favorite things!! Plus, Mark is awesome, too– love the post. Love love!
You are so welcome please visit as aften as you like !!
A lovely sit down.
It’s disturbing young women – and young men in the UK and US are only seeing a romanticized idealistic view – only to run towards what was supposed to be a dream only to find a nightmare – and they are unable to wake up or escape. Some have led a life far too easy and do not know what the rest of the world is like.
But your pictures are lovely – and it has been such a lovely chat
Terrifying thought isn’t it, I cannot understand what their motivation is! I feel sorry for them but if they make their beds they must lie in them . But it is wicked to drag their children into that particular hell.
I am so glad you came and enjoyed coffee , cakes and chatter please come as often as you like. Xxx
Looks like the garden is bearing fruits of your labor. Congrats, everything looks lovely. Have a nice week ahead!
Thank you all is growing beautifully I hope you have a great week! Xx
One psychologist said these girls/women are as much running towards an ideology as away from something. They are being lured by slick finely crafted video/FB pages designed to appeal to the idealistic, the naive, the trusting ones who don’t think others will manipulate or harm them. Materialism, some subjects of modern films/music are disturbing to them, the violence, the ugliness of an increasingly coarse and common society where laws no longer protect – and they are looking for a better world – not realizing they are blind to what the realities of the situations that wait for them there – the vast differences in traditions and culture – that poverty at this level is not noble at all. Not realizing the lies. Lambs led to slaughter and submission. Lost.
ISIS may be a modern group, but this conflict has existed for centuries.
Those who do not know history’s solid facts are vulnerable. Education is critical. Pride of what has been accomplished by their own culture – the good that has been done in their own world is critical knowledge, too. While there may have been missteps by society, the important thing to know is that some civilizations acknowledge, then move to improve life for all – not destroy, and entrap people as some continue to do with “Believe my way or die.”
Difficult to have peace if one side isn’t willing and only wishes to destroy the other because of different beliefs. No live and let live for them.
No easy answers.
Yes you are so right and I know and acknowledge all this . It saddens me deeply that so much evil is done in the name of religious beliefs. No love or care for anyone but their selves sadly their way or no way. Repeated forever since religion of all types evolved. xxxx
There I was, happily typing away and I’m sure it was brilliant and all – – – then the silly cat with the file tickled me and my finger hit some key and away flew your blog and everything else, including probably the only witty thing I’ve had in my head in the last 36 hours.
I always love your Sunday Coffee and this week you really outdid yourself. Yes, I know, I always show up late and never on a Sunday but your blog is always in the back of my mind that I want to get over here and see what you are up to.
I so understand about the remainder of the family not understanding real family obligations. I no longer have those obligations and I can honestly say I miss them as my family has all passed on. I’m glad I had the opportunity to build the bond even deeper while I had the chance.
I love what’s happening in the garden. I hope our temperatures start to cool down as I want to start preparing my wildflower beds for planting. I never did get to everything I wanted to accomplish this past year.
I couldn’t agree with you more about the women going to Syria. I continue to ask myself why, why and why. How could your life be so out of synch that you thought you had no other alternative or that life would really be better there. I also believe it’s immoral and one of the worst things a mother could do to her child/children. They don’t have a chance at survival.
Take good care of yourself this week. Tell that tummy of yours to behave. I know, easier said than done.
Well Sheri you know that by now I know that you will arrive eventually and it never matters if you are late I always keep coffee/tea and cakes back for you and any late comers! Tell that pesky though I guess well loved cat to behave !! Yes I am just dumbfounded by they people rushing off to Syria while it is blaringly obvious that things are terrible out there by the streams and streams of refugees flooding away from there!! As to why take their children….. well I had better keep my mouth firmly closed!
The garden is thriving and we are enjoying our produce! I shall save you some for tomato sandwiches next Sunday . Hugs to you Tom and the animals xxxxxx ❤
Oh, yes. I love fresh vegetable sandwiches. I’ll be happy to furnish fresh goat and fresh mozzarella to go with the sandwiches. It’s a delectable taste sensation.
OKAY sHERI YOU ARE ON!!