If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…I would tell you that from next week I am going to trial working a four day week. I would tell you I already have a list as long as my arm of things I am going to do, and you smile and say what is planned for this week? And I say….well, taking Charlie for his vaccination and going to the dentist…and you laugh.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would enjoy a slice of Sophie Hansen’s The Original Visitor Cake from her new book In Good Company. It is a lovely, moist cake and I had put apple in it as suggested to fit the season. We agree it is a very good cake.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…I would tell you that my nephew has moved up from Christchurch to Wellington with his wife and wee boy. You say how nice to have family in the same place again, and I say yes.

If we were having coffee..or even a cup of tea…we would talk about the amazing weather we have been having, about autumn, about planning cooking with all the lovely seasonal produce around at this time of year. We would talk about gardening and planting bulbs and how that is always a bigger job than you think.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…you would tell me you had booked a winter holiday. I would say we have yet to decide where to go, and we agree that at the moment we wouldn’t risk going to Australia or even the Cook Islands. We both hope that by 2022 we will be able to travel again.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would notice that the sun is over the yard arm, so we pour gin and tonics, and invite you to stay for dinner. Jerusalem artichoke soup is on the menu with garlic bread, and an apple crumble for dessert. So we settle down for the evening with more good conversation.

Thanks to Natalie for hosting this week’s coffee share where you can meet other bloggers for a weekly catch up. 

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  1. Barbara, The cake, a slice with tea, and the soup look delicious. I love your autumn foliage, too.I hope your vaccination and dental appointments go well, and the 4-day work week exceeds your expectations. Thank you for joining #WeekendCoffeeShare.

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  2. After you mentioning the cook book, In Good Company I noticed it in the bookshop. I think I’ll go back and get it…the photo of your cake has convinced me! Nothing like a nice moist cake when you are having a friend around for tea.
    Great idea to drop back to four days a week, I did that a few years before I retired and it saved my sanity! Actually I managed to go three days after a couple of years…that was like heaven! It brings balance into your life.

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  3. This was a delightful interlude with you – that cake looks delicious! I too hope that working four days a week will provide you with the breathing space you probably need.

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  4. I loved our conversation over a cup of tea 🙂 That cake sounds lovely and just recently Sophie Hanson was a guest author in our town but unfortunately I was away and missed it! ALl the best with your four day working week. #weekendcoffeeshare

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  5. I hope the shorter week is going well. I am having a virtual cuppa with you, and that cake looks perfect. I definitely wouldn’t be transiting through Sydney atm, even if you could get a flight. Is there somewhere you haven’t been in NZ?

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