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

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would say how nice it was to catch up after my holiday. Naturally, we talk about the trip, the journey, the days and things seen and done (see the past few posts here, here and here). I would say it was also nice to get back, and be welcomed by blue skies, the garden and signs of spring. You say, yes it is always nice to return to the comforts of home.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…you would ask about Karl’s trip to Europe. You say it was busy but good, and he brought back two more Moomin mugs for our collection. The one on the left is inspired by Tove Jansson’s drawings for the Finnish Red Cross in 1963 and the other depicts Moominmamma at rest in her rocking chair and gardening. You smile, and we enjoy our tea from them.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would talk about our plans for the spring. I say I have a few things in the diary already, and need to do a big clutter clear. You say well, it is the time of year to clean and organise, and I agree.

If we were having coffee…or even a cup of tea…we would talk about how wonderful it is that we don’t need to wear masks anymore in shops or on public transport. At last….

If we were having coffee…or even a up of tea…I would say why don’t you stay for dinner? There is some warming lentil soup (with mushrooms, silver beet and carrots), so good on this chilly evening. Of course you say yes, and we carry on our conversation into the evening.

Thistles and Kiwis is a Wellington, New Zealand based blog written by Barbara, who likes cats, summer, good food and pretends to garden.

You can find Thistles and Kiwis on Facebook, and also on Instagram @thistlesandkiwis.  As for Twitter….am totally inactive these days.  If you want to get in touch, email me on thistlesandkiwis@gmail.com


  1. Hi, Barbara – I still strongly advocate mask wearing. Despite us regularly wearing masks, those around us mostly have not been wearing theirs. Richard and I both developed COVID this past week — and are feeing lousy.
    Those mugs are adorable and sent me down a rabbit hole. They looked vaguely similar to the work of Sandra Boynton…who I adore!

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    1. Hi – I must admit I am still wearing a mask on crowded buses, but not in shops where there is a lot of space between people. We had Covid back in July and it is not a nice thing at all I agree.

      I love the Moomin books – hence the mug collection! Tove Jansson wrote some lovely adult fiction too.

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  2. Okay – so I spoke too soon by advising you to travel safe as I thought you’d not finished your visit to our hemisphere.

    On the other hand, with all the yummy things you keep exposing us too, one of these days, we’re going to mass a few blocks away and mob your home begging for a few meals from you list of masterpieces.

    For now – that soup sounds perfect.
    I’ll bet it’s great to be home after such a long trip.

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  3. Must catch up on your trip too! I’m back now and just getting back into things, it’s hard coming back to earth sometimes! Really love those mugs πŸ™‚ #weekendcoffeeshare

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  4. One of my closest colleagues also collect those mugs! She has a whole cabinet full of them. Welcome home πŸ™‚ It is always nice to be back, even when the trip have been marvellous in every way. I’ve always been able to enjoy a trip more when I’ve known that I had a home that I loved to come back too. There have been times when I have not liked my home very much, some older apartments etc in my early 20’s, those times I have not enjoyed traveling as much either, funny how that is. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. It is nice to be back…and also good to travel to somewhere outside New Zealand for the first time since September 2019. I know what you mean about coming back to a place you like.

      I think I have 8 Moomin mugs now!


  5. I always forget the differences in seasons between us! You are into spring and we are into fall, and I am longing for some sun as the rain is pouring outside right now. Although I do love a good dreary day from time to time.

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