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

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would be drinking mugs of Earl Grey tea and eating biscuits from Arobake.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would be listening to not just the cicadas, but the drone of the helicopter that has been flying over Parliament since the early hours of the morning. The police have moved in and removed tents and other things owned by the protestors. Of course, it has turned nasty, with fires now burning and paving stones being thrown at police. The children’s playground on the grounds of Parliament has been burnt down, and windows smashed at the university. We agree that it was time the police took this action, and hope it all ends soon and that it is hard not to look at the live feed on the news websites.*

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would move on and talk about more positive things, like how wonderful this sunflower is with its vibrant colour and happy outlook. We would talk about our plans for March and the forthcoming autumn.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…I would tell you I have been suffering a bit from a sore throat, but had managed to get hold of a box of rapid antigen tests and tested negative. You say thank goodness I say, I know.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…I say why don’t you stay and we can order in pizza? You say yes so we settle down for more conversation with a glass of wine.

  • Update on 5 March – the protestors were all moved on and now the clean up and dealing with the aftermath begins.

Also entered in the weekend coffee share hosted by Natalie the Explorer.

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  1. How completely pointless to burn down a playground in the grounds of Parliament House, and also smashing windows at the University. Definitely time to be moving on!
    Your pizza looks great, we are having a new kitchen put in and we’ve been eating some lovely Pizzas and also Turkish and Greek take-away, amazing… what you find.

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  2. I agree…the playground was put in the grounds of Parliament to indicate it was a place where all are welcome…well, no longer. It is hard as of course people should be allowed to demonstrate, but how far? The pizza was lovely. I love Turkish food!


  3. If you had popped in for tea this morning I would have offered you Earl Grey tea and vanilla muffins 🙂 I find your ongoing news of the protesters outside parliament rather sad. Whatever happened to dialogue and negotiation – why is there this tendency to resort to violence (verbal and physical) first? Ordering in a pizza is something I haven’t done since my eldest son and his family – who used to live next door – moved to Norway three years ago!

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    1. To be honest, I think the original protestors had mostly gone and there were a lot of generally disaffected folk that wanted a fight. I guess it s more fun to share a pizza than eat one on one’s own!

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  4. I have heard that things turned nasty in NZ and we here in Australia had some protestors destroy the entrance to our Old Parliament House…sigh, I need a coffee and one of those biscuits now thank you! Denyse #weekendcoffeeshare

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  5. I know the protestors left the Beehive and seat of parliament – but I think they tried to set up camp some place else in your region – I’ve taken to not listening to anything of late. I know that the ones camped in my city in the domain have gone as well…hopefully home! A sad state that it has all come too with the surge rampant in our small series of islands…stay safe…

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  6. Hi T&K,

    Because so few of them are peaceful, I’ve grown to suspect protesters as violent until they prove otherwise. It’s hard to know what to think because I also don’t trust any (US) news group to not lie or spin the story to match some agenda held by the media managers.

    I hope by the time you read this, that peace has resumed as a way of life there for you.

    Thank you for always being such a gracious host of our weekend visits.

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  7. Earl Grey tea, Arobake biscuits and that pizza all look so good. The sunflower is gorgeous. I’m glad to read your sore throat is covid-negative. Thank you for your #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  8. I’d love an Earl Grey tea thanks! And those biscuits look good :). So pleased the protestors have gone but what an awful thing to do, burning a playground for goodness sake!!

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  9. I’m not sure what your rioting was about (I haven’t kept up on much news) but we had rioting a few years ago heavy in Portland and the city is just a mess. I am okay with protesting as long as it’s peaceful and no destruction of property…I don’t care what side of the fence someone is on. Just be respectful of property and safety. Not to mention all the homeless camps. It’s not the beautiful and safe city it used to be. Love that flower. That pizza look so good! YUM!

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    1. We had anti-vaxxers and many others encamped on Parliament grounds and the surrounding area for 23 days. The police finally broke up the squatters, and the mess is now being cleared. I agree with you wholeheartedly these folk need to be respectful of property and other people around them. The pizza was good 🙂


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