Weekend Coffee Share: Stuff

I don’t remember when the last time was that I shared coffee with you. It’s was sometime last year, that much I remember. If we were having coffee we’d talk about the fact that blogging has taken a back seat in the last couple of months.

Aren’t you loving the hot weather? I’m loving it, especially since this past week I was in Tel Aviv, where it is winter. It rained for the time I was at the conference. Thursday was my own day and I walked a bit of Tel Aviv and the weather was clear and lovely. Cold but lovely with clear blue skies.

View of Tel Aviv promenade taken from the Old Jaffa side ©2016 Regina Martins
View of Tel Aviv promenade taken from the Old Jaffa side
©2016 Regina Martins
My raison-d'etre for being in Tel Aviv
My raison-d’etre for being in Tel Aviv

If we were having coffee we’d talk about the reason I was in Tel Aviv this past week. I was a speaker at the Agile Practitioner’s Conference with my 90 minute leadership workshop The Spiderman antidote to the anti-patterns of Agile leaders.

Here’s the link to my bio for the conference.

If we were having coffee I’d talk about how vibrant Tel Aviv is. It’s a 24-hour city. On Wednesday a group of us had dinner at the Sarona food market. I posted some photos of this market for the wordpress weekly photo post this week.

When I travel I don’t bring back souvenirs – I’m not a souvenir person. I prefer the experiences and the photos I take. The only exception is the coffee. Wherever I go I bring back some of the coffee sold there.

This is it for this week.

This is part of the weekly blogging linkup hosted by Diana at Part Time Monster. Click this link to see more coffee shares.

 

WordPress Weekly Photo: Vibrancy At Sarona Market, Tel Aviv

I visited the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv last week. It’s vibrant, in colours, sounds and variety of foods to eat and buy. Who doesn’t love the vibrant abundance shown in these photos? Click through the gallery below to see the pics in full size.

WordPress weekly photo challenge – Vibrant.

 

How Are You Doing? It’s Been A While…

…two weeks in fact, give or take a day or so, that I haven’t blogged here or anywhere else for that matter. Not even for the favourite WordPress weekly photo challenge.


This week’s theme is an easy one – Optimistic. For someone who snaps pics every day it should be easy. Not lately though. So I present to you instead, a selection of pics which will go some-ways towards showing you what I’ve been up in January, so far. I’ll allow the captions to tell the story.

Photos unfiltered nor post-processed, just in case you’re wondering at their less than pristine quality.

A rainbow after a particularly strong thunderstorm with hail ©2016 Regina Martins
A rainbow after a particularly strong thunderstorm with hail
©2016 Regina Martins

 

Clouds, I love clouds ©2016 Regina Martins
Clouds, I love clouds
©2016 Regina Martins

 

Found at Durban airport ©2016 Regina Martins
Found at Durban airport
©2016 Regina Martins

 

A clue...just in case you're wondering what to do with it ©2016 Regina Martins
A clue…just in case you’re wondering what to do with it
©2016 Regina Martins

 

My Vitality reward for meeting my weekly exercise target ©2016 Regina Martins
Vitality reward for meeting my weekly exercise target
©2016 Regina Martins

 

A new take on the humble jelly and custard at dinner with a good friend ©2016 Regina Martins
A new take on the humble jelly and custard at dinner with a good friend
©2016 Regina Martins

 

Vibrant Joburg summer sunset to Tel Aviv rainy skies on 9 hours ©2016 Regina Martins
Vibrant Joburg summer sunset to Tel Aviv rainy skies in 9 hours
©2016 Regina Martins

Until tomorrow…

 

And In The News Today…

The highest recorded temperature in Joburg was today – 37 degrees centigrade. It is unclear though if this was the highest recorded temperature of this year, this decade, this century or of all time! Everything is warm to the touch – even the floor tiles in the bathroom. The only respite is the pool, garden sprinkler or a cold shower. Due to the drought currently being experienced, usage of the garden sprinkler has been banned so a 10 second cold shower will have to suffice.

South African equities continued their downward move after the second Chinese exchange circuit breaker was triggered this week. Financials are down, the overall stock exchange is down. Not even the South African bond market has escaped. With foreign investors offloading emerging market stocks for better returns in less risky pastures, the only sure thing at the moment seems to be gold. Until equities recover off course! I’m not a financial guru by any means, do not use what I wrote above as being particularly accurate – it’s how I understand things and there is a lot more to the markets that I haven’t even begun to understand yet.

Netflix has launched in South Africa. And in a lot of other countries as well. The catalogue is going to be different to the US one. Probably watered down, so why should I bother with the local version of Netflix…?

The mosquitoes are having a field day with me. Bloody blood sucking vampires! They don’t even let me sleep in peace, there’s no respect! They have a thing for my ankles and wrists. Who’d thought they had a foot fetish?

Sources report that instances of writing 2016 instead of 2015 is slowly increasing although it hasn’t stabilised by any stretch of the imagination. Some days there are more instances of 2015 than there are 2016 but since it is only the first week of January this doesn’t pose any significant threat or at the very least concern. Time will tell how quickly things stabilise. We’ll keep monitoring though and trigger the date circuit breaker should instances of this show upward mobility.

New Year’s day left overs are still in plentiful supply in the fridge. It is estimated that they will finish before the end of this week. New supplies were brought into the pantry this afternoon to enable fresh cooking of meals from this weekend onwards. This has been a positive development though because there has been more time for binge-watching The X-Files rather than slaving over a hot stove during this heat wave.

And finally, a feel-good story to end this evening’s bulletin. Unknown sources report that Che’s whole wheat bread loaf has held it’s beautiful dome shape instead of sinking in the middle like it has been known to do – sometimes. It appears that a simple change to the process was successful – programme 1 (basic) was used instead of programme 3 (whole-wheat). It is believed that the authors of the recipe book have been contacted but they have provided no comment as yet.

Personally speaking…

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