Weekend Coffee Share: The Carrot Cake Edition

Hello again and welcome to this week’s coffee share. There is the usual coffee, tea and etcetera AND this week there is cake too! This is to make up for the paucity of cake since the start of the year. Gosh has it been more than a month already? Without cake…!

Carrot cake

Chè made his signature carrot cake with cream cheese frosting on Friday and we’ve been feasting on it ever since. With tea. With coffee. With basically anything. It goes with basically anything.

weekend coffee share the carrot cake edition
Carrot cake, it goes with anything
©2021 Regina Martins

Workwise the week was busy with me delivering training. Yesterday I visited my folks and helped my Mom make her first loaf of bread in the new breadmaker, and today I cleaned my office.

Valentine’s day

Today of course is Valentine’s Day, so happy Valentine’s Day. We don’t celebrate on the day as a matter of principle – we don’t buy into the commercial hype (although this year it has been subdued relative to previous years). Chè and I are contrary about it – we celebrate after – as a matter of principle. Just like eating carrot cake at any time of the day. With tea, with coffee and etcetera. It’s also like spending the day in one’s pyjamas (I’ve never done that <insert angel emoji>) although with the pandemic many people have been doing just that. I read somewhere that retailers saw an uptick in the sales of comfortable clothes and sweat pants in 2020.

I make a point of wearing ‘going-out clothes’ on working days, putting on shoes 😉 and even some eyeliner. I have many good clothes going to waste in the darkness of the closet.

Standing desk converter

I’m thinking of getting a standing desk converter. I invested in a good chair but sometimes I just want to stand and move a bit. I saw one that is versatile in that it also doubles as a couch desk. The online shop is apparently giving one away as a prize so I’m waiting until the 26th to see if I’ve won. If I haven’t then I’ll order it. I’ve got to try.

That’s it for today. How was your week? Tell me all about it.

Until next Sunday, have a wonderful week.

Which Way photo challenge – February 12 2021

Memories of Thailand … a moment in time.

Hi all! This weekend I’m reliving our trip to this beautiful country through the hundreds of photos I took. It was and still is a memorable trip and we can’t wait to return.

On the day that I took this photo, right after exploring the Bridge over the River Kwai, our guide hurriedly bundled us into our minibus. Our next activity was a ride on the Death Railway. The carriage was painted a bright cheerful yellow inside and out. It looked a bit scuffed and worn but delightfully surprising nonetheless. It trundled in an old-fashioned way through cassava plantations, riverside resorts and small villages.

The conductor, in his peaked cap, clipped our tickets and smiled at my attempt to thank him in Thai. Tourists hung out of the windows snapping selfies and photos of the sometimes precipitous edges of the track. The ride was short and memorable.

As English photographer, Bill Brandt once said, "Photography has no rules, it is not a sport. It is the result which counts, no matter how it is achieved.”

Until it is safe to travel again, I’m making do with the memories of the moments in time that my photos evoke.  That surely epitomises the ‘result’ that Brandt talked about.

Memories of Thailand
©2021 Regina Martins

The Which Way photo challenge is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, signs, etc. we move from one place to another.  You can walk on them, climb them, drive them, ride on them, as long as the specific way is visible.

Check out more of my Thailand posts:

Serenity – an experience of serenity in Thailand.

All the modes of transport we used to explore.

From temples to traffic and waterfalls.

Cheers until next weekend and wishing you a wonderful week ahead.