It we were having Coffee at Gene’O’s place!


Well this  is so nice of you Gene’O  inviting us  all over  to yours  for a coffee , I am really pleased to accept  not least  of all because I have been doing  the Sunday, ‘If we were having coffee’ along  with your  Diana , who is part of your  group  at  partimemonsters  for  a good  few  weeks  now. Recently Paul Curran  blogger extraordinaire of  no fixed  blog  has been making use of  my garden  to hold  a coffee gathering  and meeting of  minds. So if it is Okay  we will join you and all your  other  guests!

I do like  what  you have done with the place Gene’O  it is very, very  you! It feels odd  to be sitting here instead of handing cups and cakes  to he the guest.

Okay  what’s been happening  this week so IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  blogging  wise,   Johncoyote got  me up on to my  soap box  and  I dug  up  some old posts  and wrote  a new one or  two  on the subject  of how badly we are treating  our beautiful plant. Taking  her for granted, burning and deforesting her, raging  wars on her belly  and her back  killing  not only each other   but all her flora and fauna  and any poor creatures trapped in the war machine’s  way! Mining, covering her  with  concrete so she bleeds  and is starved of air. Time is running out  and we are  the only ones who can do anything to save  mother earth/ mother nature  for our  children  and our children’s children!

Oh! you have all gone quiet, I got up on my  soap box  didn’t I …..sorry I did mean  to get carried away! I am not a raving loony  honest!

New Shoes

New Shoes

Right I  am embarrassed, what else  … IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would  tell you that on  Wednesday  I went shopping  with  my  friend . I needed shoes, thanks  to a bunion  on  my left  foot I now appear  to have difficulty  finding  shoes that  do not  hurt!

So we  went off  in search of sensible  shoes.  It was a hard  job  but  someone had to do it!  Was it a successful trip I hear  you asking.

New Dress

New Dress

I  managed to buy three pairs of sensible wide fitting shoes  that did not look too awful!  Not  to mention  a pair of pretty platform sandals….. well they were in the sale  and so pretty. I also bought  a lovely floaty pink and  white polka dot dress it was not on the shopping list  but it is also very pretty, also not on the list was an outfit  for the Newbie, buy outfits  for the Newbie well that just goes without saying!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would  tell you  that while I was at Pilates on Friday  my  phone  rang  and it was my  youngest  son asking  me  where I was, at pilates,  I replied, where is dad,  he asked  he is not  answering  his phone, polishing  my  car I replied  OH!  he  said  we are  coming to visit  you ! Hooray I  thought  returning to pilates  excited  about  an extra chance  to see  the Newbie  and his mum and dad! It  was lovely  to see them  they were on their way out to lunch  but  it is always lovely  to see them flying visit  or not!


strange flowers

strange flowers

Today after my  core  class  we went over  to see them , two  days in a row  such  a treat! We  spent  the afternoon gardening, while I was tiding up one  of  the flower  beds I spotted  these  fabulous  flowers  does  anyone  know  what  they are ? I certainly  do not recognize them. I have had  a lovely  time  with my husband, my youngest son  and his family.

Now  just  before I go IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would  ask if you remember  me telling  you that I have been looking after   our friends cats  while  they are away on holiday. The cats  have been staying with us  for 3weeks so far. Well they are lovely  cats, house cats  which  means  we are not allowed  to let them out at  all. Well I have to report  that  they are very mischievous animals. One of them has made several escape  attempts  luckily  we have foiled  them all! ( so far) , here are some photos of them at play!

Kissy kissy

Kissy kissy

Well all that remains is f0r  me to say thank  you  to Gene’O for having  us  we have  aha  a lovely time!

If WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: Tomatoes, Newbies, Love and Stately Homes.

Flower  just turning to fruit!

Flower just turning to fruit!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE : I would  be  so excited  about  the tomatoes they  are beginning  to fruit  the flowers  are going over  and the  fruit  is appearing! Small now  but  full of  promise! This will be  our second  crop and  we are  expectantly  waiting  to see  if  they  will be as  good as  the first  years crop.  We had  so many  huge  and tasty  Beef  tomatoes  we  did not  at  first  know what  to do  with them.

Well on it's way

Well on it’s way

We  sliced  them like bread  and ate them in sandwiches, on toast and in salads ! We  then or rather  the husband  started  to make  pickles  and tomato sauce,  the type  of sauce  you use  with pasta.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE :  I would  eventually  find  my  manners  and stop  rambling on about  the tomatoes. I would  welcome  you warmly  and  give  you a  big  hug  and say  hello  how  are  you  and  what  would  you like  to drink, we have it all here  since  Paul  has  been  joining us  on a Sunday  and bringing his friends  the demand  for new exotic  teas  and coffee  has  gone  through the roof. I love  this and I think  that Diana  who’s idea  all these  coffee  breaks  were ! So do take  a  seat , yes  that  one is  fine, yes  it very  comfy, now  this  week  I can  also offer  you iced tea  or  coffee  if  you don’t  want  a hot  drink  in all this hot weather  that  we have been experiencing. It is  most unusual  for us here  but  we are  not  complaining , no  we are really  enjoying  it.

Would  you like Lemon Drizzle  Cake    or perhaps  you would prefer some Carrot Cake . We have plenty to choose from I was  baking all day yesterday. Or  maybe  a biscuit we also  have  plenty of those. Paul  has introduced some news  to the table, that is an advantage of having people in from all over  the world.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I would tell you what  a wonderful day  we had yesterday, our youngest son is overseas on  business and his  beautiful  wife  and even more  beautiful  Newbie  ( if  that is possible ) came round to spend a lovely  smile and  giggle filled afternoon with us! The husband  made a great meal  and pudding  and it was enjoyed  by us all. The Newbie  of course  had his mum’s milk  so he was happy!

I was delighted  to watch  our daughter in law chat  and play with the beautiful boy. The love in their eyes was so honest and obvious it was, as I said, a delight to behold. In the week or so  since I had last seen them together there seemed to be a new and closer  bond between them. I am not saying  they were not close  before  but something was easier  and the two of  them, Mum and Newbie were a joy to behold. Well we took lots of photos  and had  lots of cuddles with granddad as well as with me. We rounded up the afternoon walking them back to her Mum’s  where she was staying for the week. Lots of  lovely  photos and  lots  lovely  memories.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would tell you what an amazing week it has been  weather wise in fact the last 6 weeks have  been heavenly. The simple  things like wandering around without a coat, being able to hang  your washing out knowing it will be dry when you bring it in.

The shops have had BBQ food and and equipment  fly off the shelves, sun hats  and sun glasses too not  to mention sun cream! It really  does slow life  down having sun sun sun, long relaxed evenings in the garden or out with friends. We have even sat on the patio with a glass of wine! Shock  horror!!

It  has also been a week of outings, my  friend  and I visited a local stately  house which had wonderful gardens  I did a Wordless Wednesday  post  on it . The  house itself  is a grade I listed, early Tudor manor house, dating from around 1440, so it had oodles of history!! Not to mention a lovely  cafe with  specialty coffees  and teas cakes!! We had a lovely  afternoon.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would tell you  that  we are expecting  a side swipe  from Tropical Storm Bertha  which has  barreled across  the Atlantic  from America. Luckily  for us  it has lost a lot of it’s vengeance. Friday evening  was very  dark  and threatening . There were flood warnings  across  most of England  and Scotland.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I would  tell you how very welcome  you are  and how much I look forward to our weekly get together, and that I do hope  they continue for a while  to come. So  for now  be well and be happy.  😀

If we were having coffee I’d ask  you : would you like another  cuppa, or  a biscuit . I’d  tell you I have really  come to enjoy  these chats  and I’d  love  to hear  what you would  tell me , If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from

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