If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…the weekend coffee share edition

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would be sitting outside, enjoying a cuppa and a warm, cheese scone. We would chat about books and what we are reading. I say I have been struggling with a book I haven’t been enjoying, so have put it away, and instead picked up Sandi Toksvig’s memoirs, which is the perfect antidote and to get me back to books instead of magazines and recipe browsing. You smile and say you know what I mean.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would talk about the garden and about how the pots take up so much room, but how lovely it is to be surrounded by all the plant life.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…I would tell you that I actually did harvest some nasturtium seeds and have pickled them and will see what results in a few weeks time. I would also tell you that doing that sort of things brings me so much pleasure, and how I hate sitting in an office all day. You say you need to move on and find something different to do. I say I know.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…I would show you this picture. If you look carefully you can see the steam rising off the roof of the gazebo. I say it looks a tranquil scene, but what with the kaka flying noisily overhead, the ducks quacking in response and the singing of the cicadas it was anything but. You laugh and say you could just imagine.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would, of course, talk about food. I would tell you that I made the turkey and courgettes meatballs (for that is what they were) again from Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem, and that these have now gone into the repertoire as a firm favourite. I would tell you that tonight I am making chicken with white beans, chorizo and rosemary from Dish for dinner tonight…and why don’t you stay? You are very welcome just to sit and relax in the garden or even come and help me with the jigsaw until it is time to cook. You say yes, that is a lovely plan, and so the afternoon ends and the evening begins.

Thanks to Natalie the Explorer for inviting me to her weekend coffee share blog party. Go and have a look and see who else is there!

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  1. I am popping over across the ditch to have one of those cheese scones, thank you! Denyse #weekendcoffeeshare Will now find you in Instagram too! Denyse #weekendcoffeeshare

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  2. This was such a lovely coffee catch up! I would tell you how the last book I read was absolutely lovely – Shuggie Bain – and set in Glasgow in the 80s. I would tell you I’m currently reading Our Fathers which is also set in the UK and I’m enjoying it so far. I would love the cheese scone – it sounds divine! I’d also tell you I live across the ditch – in Sydney – and that it has been a pleasure to have coffee with you!

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  3. I think I’d like to read Sandi Toksvig’s book and to have a cheese scone at the same time. I have also decided that if I start a book and don’t like it, it is okay to put it away..

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  4. Hello T&K. I don’t think we’ve met so thanks for your warm welcome and for being one of the few who also enjoy a good cup of tea. I’m one of the old timers on the weekend coffee share and today posted about a tree I transplanted and some newish neighbors we have, many, many, red shouldered hawks. I think you would enjoy the adventure of moving that young tree, but you’d have to tell me if hawk stories appeal.
    I’m also a non-published, but active writer of short stories. I started my blog around my daughters idea of capturing my autobiographical stories of growing up. I chose to make the collection fit the pattern of all being short 10 minute reads, funny and entertaining. That collection is mostly done now and I’m expanding to add fiction. I don’t have many yet, but I’m beginning to like what I have to share.
    It sounds like you and I could also enjoy our tea and only talk books. Reading could be my life and has been part of who I am for as long as I can recall. But it does sound like you might like a fresh suggestion of what to read for shear fun. My latest recommendation is; Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprine (1983). It’s big and wonderful and I want to be this author when I grow up.
    I’m always tempted to welcome new members by offering one of my own stories as short literary entertainment with the hopes that you’ll visit my collection. I’ll yield only to offering my newest piece of fiction which if I recall, is about a 7 minute read. I hope you’ll check it out and come around next weekend for another visit. You sound like the perfect new member of our little fellowship. Welcome!

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  5. How did you enjoy the chicken, chorizo etc? My husband made it on Thursday night we really enjoyed it. Tonight we are having the green curry lemon grass chicken from the same section of the magazine!

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