I’m late! (Virtual coffee update)

I said I’d be about an hour, and it’s been almost three …

so if we were having a coffee right now, I’d of course start with a sincere apology…


… and I see you left me a biccie, but I’d insist you have mine as you clearly enjoyed one of the two, so please do help yourself 🙂

If we were having a coffee right now, I’d tell you I really do need the caffeine. It’s almost 3am UK time, although I’m not quite sure at this moment where in the world we might be. I’m definitely jet-lagged and I’m sure you can see it. This is what I get for making a bucket-list of world destinations not to be missed… it’s Wandering Soul‘s fault, she’s a bad influence (but a very good writer!) I’ll tell you more about that travel plan a bit later on…

If we were having coffee right now, I’d beg you to PLEASE go and have a listen to my first ever public blogcasts, reading Helen Keller extracts, for my post for the #authorstory feature at Blogger’s World. I would so love to hear what you think – I can rely on your honest opinion too, not just being nice about it…

If we were having coffee right now, I’d be over the moon telling you how I did manage to get to visit my grandson on his eighth birthday, just as I’d hoped when I wrote my Monthly Look Ahead post. There might have been the likelihood of my being left on the doorstep by his mother while only handing over card and present and leaving immediately. It was a short visit, but very, very sweet and both my grand-children are growing up so fast I could hardly believe how big they are now! We agreed I can visit again for longer next time too.

If we were having coffee right now, we’d be bound to be talking about our blogs – once you’d shown me all the bargain shopping you did while waiting three hours for me to turn up! I agree, of course, to pick up the bill for the coffee, as you quite rightly point out I just cost you all that money! Would you like a nice slice of cake? – maybe I can make it up to you… (but I am wondering why on earth you didn’t go to the art gallery instead, it’s free admission, surely… ) No, I’ve still not been to the art gallery in what feels like forever…

If we were having a coffee right now, I’d tell you that you might like my latest poem-art and offer to show it. I’m a bit sticky-fingered, still eating my cake, but as you wolfed yours and wiped your fingers you can take that page from my bag and have a peek. You really should check out Ruth’s blog and maybe join in with her Wednesday Word prompt. You might even like to buy part one of her Kindle book, recently published and for sale on amazon and you might like Sharon’s books too. (non-affiliate links)


If we were having a coffee right now, of course you can have more cake! How are your New Year’s resolutions going? If you’re not busy at the weekend, I can share a Valentine’s Shindig virtual-party invite, Jaqueline’s a wonderful hostess and a slice of cake and other goodies are promised. If we meet Mr. Right while there, I do hope we won’t be fighting over him! You’d probably really enjoy Jacqueline’s poetry vlogs, they’re very good – and her posts so often make me laugh or smile – I really enjoyed the African proverb and the picture quote in one of her latest posts.

If we were having a coffee right now, I’d have to worn you that I really must toddle off soon, we’ve been more than an hour all ready – but I really must share the message from the Sandbox challenge and I know you love to play so you might like to join in. You might even help me decipher the message with some suggestions! Cool 🙂 Before I forget, you’d enjoy Impromptu Promptlings too, it’s not far to pop over and you’ll receive a warm and generous welcome.

If we were having coffee right now, we’d probably have to save some things we wanted to chat about until next time. Before we finish up and get ready to leave, you wanted to know about my world travel plans? Well, it all started at Blogger’s World with an inspiring guest-feature – until then I had no plans to travel and no bucket-list. Do you know, I’d never really given any thought to the question of considering if any particular event in history had really changed the world either. (I decided it was first the Viking invasions, setting the precedent for massacre, conquest, rape and pillage – and then the Vatican continuing the tradition with the Crusades… but I kept it quiet in case there were religious nuts in the room). Back to travel plan bucket list – I’m not sure about the order…

  • Liverpool, Newcastle and a week or four in Glasgow (if it’s cheap, I might like to move there one day)
  • Belfast (or I might like to live there instead).
  • Amsterdam
  • Seattle then Alaska
  • Mexico
  • Iowa and Pennsylvania
  • Ukraine
  • Russia
  • Poland
  • Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam again
  • Palestine
  • Amsterdam and more coffee!

Of course, I don’t even have my passport because my ex stole it, the police said it was a civil issue -as apparently was his physical assault of me while under a court undertaking not to do any such things –  And the police refuse to log or tackle crimes!!! what if he’d passed it on to terrorists! and yes, I’m still a bit pissed off about it even four years since! I’d have to pay as much for a replacement passport nearly and have it last no time at all as I could pay for a new ten year one, but can’t get a new ten year passport until the old one expires. Please don’t ask how I got in the country!

No, I definitely don’t fancy New York. You might, but I can’t imagine there being anything there to see. I’ve seen some online and that’s about as much as I think I could bear. A romantic weekend in Paris? What’s wrong with home and where’s Mr Right? I can’t go to India as they say you need vaccinations and I can’t have vaccinations. All my childhood I dreamed of going to Africa and India and I grow up to find I mustn’t have vaccinations! I can see the attraction of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, but I wouldn’t go as a tourist and neither Japan nor China appeal.

Maybe I’d like Korea? I would definitely like a career! How else will I support myself and Mr Right when I find him?

Ok, time’s up – it was really great to see you and I hope we meet again! I’ll try to be on time, I promise! If I talked too much and you didn’t get a word in edgeways enough, well, you can always drop a line in the comments and I’ll pick it up later 🙂 I hope you can carry all your shopping…






Another virtual coffee?

Another failed attempt to capture the steam!
Another failed attempt to capture the steam from our coffee in a photo!

The coffee’s hot honest, but if you like milk I hope you remembered your own. Otherwise you have to put up with the powdered variety…

If we were having coffee right now, I’d be asking how you are today first. I would be genuinely interested and willing to listen and discuss and not just asking to be polite. Then I’d probably be letting you know that I’m a bit better today, after two mostly bed-bound days. Although I make myself hurt for trying, I probably wouldn’t be telling you that last sentence in the flesh …

If we were having coffee right now, you’d have a fair choice of biccies (biscuits, i.e. cookies) – but only the cheap supermarket variety, though very nice to dunk – and plenty of clean spoons to catch the soggy mess that inevitably fall off into your drink just as you were about to wolf your dunkstuff down. I haven’t washed up yet, but no thanks, my guests don’t ever get to do that at my house. I appreciate the offer mind.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you I should have been attempting my ‘365 days of writing’ prompt in this post. Today’s is about the best or worst customer service you’ve ever experienced. What would you answer for yours? (Please don’t say the coffee I just served you … unless it was the best! I know it’s very cheap instant stuff but there must be something worse…)

Welcome to my humble home :)
Welcome to my humble home 🙂

If we were having coffee right now,I’d be trying to avoid mentioning my landlord as you’d say I have rights. You’d say I should complain, that the rent is extortionate given the circumstances and rightfully I should be entitled to compensation not extortion or eviction. I know, I’ve heard it all before.

exterior window, interior wall (found on the internet look, honest!)
exterior window, interior wall (found on the internet look, honest!)

If we were having coffee right now at my house, you’d be bound to raise the subject. I’d tell you I actually love my little house with all its faults. No-one else would be daft enough to live here this long and I’m sure my landlord needs the help. But, of course, I’m trying not to mention them. I’d say I’m incredibly grateful not to have been evicted and there must be a point where we reach a reduction in rent required… someday…


If we were having coffee right now, you’d see I have quite good windows really! However you’d soon work out that actually y’know, the government could have bought me the house already for the rent that’s been paid…I’d maybe say, actually, just the shortfall rent I pay could’ve bought me the house at an auction if anything were fair! The subsidence is dreadful and nothing sits square… but the walls still hold the roof up and the floors going nowhere fast!

Reflection of living room writing corner from my cabinet doors
Reflection of living room writing corner from my cabinet doors

If we were having coffee right now, you’d maybe think I’m nutty and probably wouldn’t be far wrong. Unconventional and eccentric you might say, being polite as usual. You’d wonder why I don’t just take pics of the room directly, rather than in reflective surfaces. I’d tell you I like the ghostly / vintage effects that can be achieved and that I like to play and experiment.

Blackberry blossoming in June 2015

If we were having coffee right now, I’d be enthusing for my garden, but regretting missing the best of the blackberries. I’d tell you how I finally got out in my garden again earlier today, in ‘jamas, woolly knit and yard shoes. The weather was nice and a bit warmer to hack back at the jungle again for fifteen minutes  – less the distraction of a photo opportunity and appreciating the wildlife…

… of course I’ve not cut the elderberry tree back – it’s very unlucky according to superstition!

If we were having coffee right now, I’d be sharing my plans for planting the garden with some bulbs for spring, in spite of the cold and damp, in ten to fifteen minute attempts here and there. I’ll hopefully be ready for sowing some flower seeds next year. I don’t expect the seeds and bulbs I bought two years will ever grow now! Luckily, plenty grows all on its own and is a haven for wildlife as well as providing a lush green focal point from my kitchen window or back door. I meant to keep a nature journal and forgot!

I couldn’t cut down nettles and destroy these summer babies home!
The view (or part of it) from my back door

If we’d been having coffee, you will have made my day for stopping by. Thank you for visiting 🙂