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

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would, of course, talk about the weather. About flooding in New Zealand and Germany, about forest fires in Siberia and Oregon, about climate change and where we might be headed. I show you what Bowen Street looked like on Monday morning after the storm, and that wasn’t the worst by any means in the city.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…I would tell you that I think I need to organise my Wednesdays a bit better. You say, well what did you do today? And I say I did a load of laundry, caught up with the ironing, read a good part of a book, thought about a blog post, and went into town. You say that seems OK for a morning, you say I guess so! I tell you I went to one of my favourite cafes, Squirrel, and enjoyed one of Maude’s chicken sandwiches and a melting moment filled with passionfruit curd. You say, well if nothing else you treated yourself today and I say yes I did.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…I would show you my new ankle boots. I would tell you they were a real bargain and are comfortable. I tell you that I had been looking for a while for the perfect pair and was happy with what I found. You say they look comfortable and stylish.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…well, why don’t you stay for dinner? There is cauliflower cheese, made with a good, strong cheddar and lashings of pepper. You say oh yes please – it is ages since I have had that. So we sit down to dinner, open a bottle of wine, and continue our conversation.

Also entered into Weekend Coffee Share over at Natalie the Explorer.

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  1. I just wish I had been reading your blog in 2018 when we visited Wellington… all these lovely tips on places to eat. Maude’s chicken sandwiches look mouth watering and the melting moment too. Unfortunately when we arrived in Wellington they warned of a cyclone (actually it was just heavy rain and some wild winds for the first night) but we didn’t get out to see much.
    Yes, the climate all over the world is certainly very erratic, hard to believe some people deny climate change.

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  2. I would tell you that we are delighted to have received 4mm rain during the night – the first for months – and that a gusty wind is bringing the cold front ever closer as we prepare for the coldest period of winter yet. I think your Wednesdays are fine – only do not fall into the trap of thinking you need to use this ‘free’ time for laundry! I like the idea of reading, blogging, and going out for a special sandwich in a lovely place 🙂

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  3. Always love these posts! Couldn’t resist reading, even though I am technically on vacation. Or something like that. My husband and I have been working like dogs getting a room ready for our eldest daughter. More about that in a post next week. 🙂

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  4. Your lunch definitely looks like a real treat! We’ve had so much rain here lately too that flooding and road damage has been a real concern with sink holes showing up too.

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  5. Oh my . . . cauliflower cheese! This sounds fabulous! How can this not be anything but wonderful? Sorry about the storms, but they do happen and do keep us on our toes about not taking nature for granted.
    I’m already thinking of when and how to try cauliflower cheese.
    thanks for a great visit.

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  6. I heard about the crazy rains last weekend! Glad you’re safe but so sad about all the devastation! Sigh. I feel like the planet is really trying to tell us something. Love the look of the cauliflower cheese! Can I have some? Catching up a bit late on your posts but hope you’ve been having a good week

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  7. LOVE your boots. And the cafe food and dinner look amazing. My hubby and I were traveling north for a getaway (we live 30 minutes north of Portland Oregon), but it was so weird. To the west of the freeway was blue skies. To the east of the freeway was hazy and sky was red. We knew it was from fires. It’s always so sad.

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