If we were having coffee: Scans, Orchids and pills!

Hello  and  welcome  come in it is lovely  to see you all here again. The fires are lit  the cushions are plumped up and  we have  the coffee and tea on  the go  and the cakes and sweets are all set out.  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   and it is growing like Topsie!

If we were having  Coffee: I would tell you  that it  has been a busy  week  full of  all the usual  things, housework, shoping, going to the gym and classes.  On Friday  I accompanied  the husband  to the  same  National Health  walk in center  that we took  our  neighbour , who  had fallen out of  a  tree, last  week. ( Newsflash  the neighbour  has  three cracked  vertibra and  bruised  ribs! He is a lucky  fellow  not to have been more seriously  hurt. He  has been warned  to take it easy  but  he  is a stubbon  guy  but I  guess  he knows  his own  body)

Good News

Now I was saying  I went  with the husband  to the NHS walk in  center he was sheduled  to have two scans. If remember  I have  been mentioning  how unwell he has been  since  he had an operation on 10 December. Anyway  the scans  revealed  two  problems  that  we were  aware of  and nothing  new  and sinsiter .  This  is good  and  he will see his doctor  next  week  to find out  the best way  forward. So  that  is really  good news!

If  we were having  coffee : I’d ask if  you would  like another  cuppa  or even something  stronger  maybe  or  even some  lovely  cakes  or  biscuits. We do have a vast selection.  Oh!  have I shown  you our Orchids? Now  we have two, a dark  pink one  which  has  not  flowered or even  really  grown  for two years  now   but  which  has suddenly  decided  to  wake up  and be  totally  stunning .  The  second  is a lighter  pink  that  has been in constant flower  since  September.  It is  really lovely  to see these  two  beautiful  plants flowering in our  kitchen brightening  up  out  winter  months.

Here  are  some  photos

Deep Pink Orchid

Deep Pink Orchid

Light Pink Orchid

Light Pink Orchid

Deep Pink Orchid

Deep Pink Orchid

If we were having  coffee: I would  say that I am finding  my  core classes  harder  since  having  dropped one  of  pain killers, Tramadol . I was on 12 x 50 mgs  a day  it has taken  me  18months  to  get rid of  the damn things  and at times I have suffered  terrible  withdrawal  symptoms especially the last two months of  coming off them. I am menally  more  aware   but  the pain levels  have increased  but  I am learning to  cop  with that. I suffer  with constant  pain  but I would of  still be in pain  if I was  still on them   so better  to be in full comand  of  my whits. I do still take Gabapentin  , I have  cut  them  down  from 2 x 300mgs 4 times  a day  to I x 300mgs  2times a day. I am proud of  that  too. It  does  make life harder  but I do  not  want  to be  a zombie , which I was!

If we were having  Coffee:  would like to remind  you  about

A Thousand Voices Speak For Compassion

I heard about it first  on TanGental’s page here   and also on Gene’Os page  here . The idea  is to get 1000 bloggers on the same day to write posts about compassion, kindness, support, caring for others, non-judgement etc.? (Date to be decided.(it’s suggested 20th February 2015) We could call it 1000 Voices For Compassion.Who’s in? I really  would  like to be  but I need to think really  hard  about  what  to write about  but I am  going to think about it  and I am going to take part … If  anyone  has any  suggestions I would  be very grateful to hear them!

And of course  the

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  WEEKEND COFFEE SHARE

over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

 

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: PEPYS AND POPPIES.

Well hello everyone  how are you all today, come on in we are moving indoors  now  as  the Autumn is well and truly  here  and Winter is hot on her heels!! We have the coffee and the cakes all ready the fire is all lit! The sofas and armchairs all have their cushions all plumped up! So go on spoil yourselves we have stocked up on hot chocolate now and brought in some good books for you to read too! I can hear Paul has all his guest here many of whom you will know so lets see, what have you been up to this week. Paul  is still using  the Marquee  but he  and his  guest  will probably  be  coming in here  too, soon!! Also  we have an extra  hostess  Audrey  from Oldest Daughter & Red  Headed Sister. I am so very  excited to have Audrey join us!

If we were having coffee:  I would say  woo!  what a week it has  been my feet have hardly  touched  the ground! Monday  was a surprise  day, late Sunday evening  the husband  up  and said  let’s go  up to town  and see The Poppies  at the Tower of London. It was a wonderful idea  and all the better  for  going on the spur of the moment! So  first thing Monday morning off  we set!

We arrived in London mid  morning  and  made our  way  by tube  to Tower Hill. Well it was so impressive  I cannot  explain  it just needs to be seen!

Light  by  heaven light

Light by heaven light

Fountain of  poppies

Fountain of poppies

Mother's sons

Mother’s sons

fathers, brothers , lovers,

fathers, brothers , lovers,

such a sacrifice

such a sacrifice

each one a life

each one a life

 

poppies galore

poppies galore

Pouring out of Poppies

Pouring out of Poppies

 

Every poppy is a life, young, old all given for  what was to be a better world. A  war  to end  all wars. Sadly  they were lied  to, they returned  to harder lives  than before!

As for a war to end  all wars  that  did  not  happen  either! No world war 2 came  and went  Vietnam, Falklands, Middle east and so on! . But I am not going to go on  and on the pictures  tell  the tale  it is just heart breaking .


 

If we were  having  coffee : I would  tell you that after  we had  walked  completely  round  the tower and seen  all the poppies, one of which  will be ours! We  bought one a couple  of months  ago  and we intend to keep it  until  the Newbie  is old enough to  understand it’s importance at  which point  we will  give it to  him!

If we were  having  coffee : I’d tell you  that after  seeing the poppies  we went  for an amazingly well planned walk. My husband  knows the city of  London  well, having worked  there  among other places. He  took  me to where Samuel Pepys  used to live in Seething Lane, also  where  he and his wife  Elizabeth went to church at  St Olave’s  in Hart Street.

We  spent  an hour looking  around  the church, churchyard  and even visited  the chapel in the crypt.  Samuel Pepys and his wife  are buried  in the church  and  have a plaque commemorating  them on the wall inside the church. Samuel  out lived his wife  and was very sad when she died. He had  a bust  made of  Elizabeth had it positioned  so he could  gaze upon her  from his pew in the  raised gallery.

There use to be a  mezzanine around  the church   but it is  no longer there. The  church  was damaged  in WW2  and  the mezzanine  was not replaced. Now  hold  on  where  are  my  manners! Would  you like another coffee  or tea or even hot  chocolate?   Do join  me lets  have some cake . I had  the coffee cake and carrot cake  last  week  so I fancy  some of  that lemon  drizzle  cake.

If we were  having  coffee : I hope I am not  boring  you  but  I  tell  you  how  after  leaving St Olave’s and  seeing  Seething  Lane  we headed off  to see the infamous Pudding  Lane , then on to Monument  . The  monument  if it  was lain  down  would  reach  to  the exact  spot  in Pudding Lane where  the fire of London started.

After  that  we headed off  towards  the river  and  the South Bank,  past  the Globe  Theatre , then half way across the millennium bridge then back  and along  to have a a picnic  in a park  my hubby  used to use  when he was working! Then it was a quick  dash  past  the ITV  studios  then back to Waterloo  and  then train home!

Fabulous stained  glass windows in  St Olave's

Fabulous stained glass windows in St Olave’s

a haven of  peace jus off the street

a haven of peace jus off the street

unusual ceiling

unusual ceiling

Mr  and Mrs Pepys memorial plaque

Mr and Mrs Pepys memorial plaque

more windows

more windows

 

fabulous wood pulpit

fabulous wood pulpit

Stone alter  donated  by the King of Denmark.

Stone alter donated by the King of Denmark.

the crown resting on the alter

the crown resting on the alter

 The wood above the door is where  the mezzanine was.

The wood above the door is where the mezzanine was.

Entrance to the crypt

Entrance to the crypt

St Olave's grave yard

St Olave’s grave yard

 

this would  of been the mezzanine

this would of been the mezzanine

The door Samuel  and Elizabeth used to enter  by.

The door Samuel and Elizabeth used to enter by.

The  Bust of Elizabeth Pepys

The Bust of Elizabeth Pepys

 

 

All Hallows  by the Tower

All Hallows by the Tower

If  we were having  coffee: I’d  have to say well now  I have  to go  out now  as I have another  coffee  morning to join they ladies I used  to work  with.So I  wish  you all a lovely  stay  here  remember  you can eat as much cake  as  you fancy  they  are  all calorie  free! So  please  stay as long  as  you like , Paul and Audrey  will take  care of  you all!! I shall be  back soon  so mix and enjoy I won’t be long.

 

Monument

Monument

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Where  the great fire of London started

Where the great fire of London started

 

Seething Lane

Seething Lane

 

 

 

Church on the site of  the entrance to London  Bridge

Church on the site of the entrance to London Bridge

 

This was once  the entrance  to London Bridge

This was once the entrance to London Bridge

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Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral

 

The Shard  by the river

The Shard by the river

 

Borough Market

Borough Market

The New Globe  theatre

The New Globe theatre

 

The Go;den Hind

The Golden Hind

The Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge

Ah! good  you  you are still here, so If we were having  coffee: I say  that  the rest of  my  week had  been very  busy too! I have been writing  poems all this month to  bring  Breast Cancer  Awareness Month to the fore. I cannot say it has been easy  but I have put my  heart and soul into it you can read read them if  you like  they are dotted about  through out  this month.

Tuesday: After the gym  my friend  and I set  off on the bus  to our local town ( we love  the fact  that  the bus  stops  almost outside  my house  so it transports us door to door!) We had  coffee  and cake  and I spotted  the perfect  Christmas Present  for the Newbie…. A Rocking Horse.  After we got  back home  we told  the husband  all about  it  and  then when  my friend  had left to go and get  dinner  for her husband  we rushed to the computer  and ordered  the horse. I have put  a photo of “Dobbin” our name  for him, below.

If we were having Coffee: The  rest of the week has been filled  with Drs  appointments,  and trip to a clinic  for  a Dexoscan  to check out  the density of  my  spine, since I have have  broken it  twice  the Drs  think it wise to keep an eye on it’s density . Apparently  it is very difficult  to read  my  scan. The  radiographer who  did  it told  me  she would  have to spend  some  extra time  reading  my scan as there was so much, cement, metal work and pins and screws in  my back it was hard to make out the bone  let alone  the density. OKAY ! I have heard  all the jokes about  me  being dense!

I really  must go now  so thank  you so much  for visiting  and I really hope  you will all be back again  next week. Don’t  forget to spend  time  with Audrey  and Paul  they have so much to share with you . I was going to talk about the sad goings on at  the Canadian Parliament  this week  but Paul  has  covered  that  with  great thought  and information  so  I have left that to him apart from saying GOD BLESS CANADA. So bye bye  for now enjoy  your weeks  and hope to have coffee with you all again  next week.xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would ask you if you would  like another  cuppa, or  another cake . !   If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/ 

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