Weekend Coffee Share: Easter Edition


Wishing you all a wonderful Easter! I’ve just arrived home from spending time with my family. I spent a relaxing few days with my sister and niece and today we all came together for lunch at my folks’s place.  This is our usual tradition although last year was the exception – we were at the start of a strict level 5 lockdown and no travel between locales was allowed. So each family unit celebrated in their own homes and we connected virtually later. So, last year no chocolate; this year chocolate 🙂

How has your Easter been, in whichever form?

Unmet expectation

I set an expectation a couple of weeks ago. That of participating in the A to Z Challenge with the theme of Grammatical Glitches. Yesterday was day 3 of the challenge and I’m yet to post anything.

“Why did you pick that theme?” my self-talk demanded.

“What do you really know about teaching grammar to other people?” it continued, “English is not even your first language.”

The second-guessing continues. And writer’s block ensues.


Otherwise known as ‘preparing for winter’ (air quotes on purpose).  Although yesterday was a hot day with the heat blending into the evening, overall temperatures are dropping. I’ve reluctantly put away my summer sandals and slip slops, and brought out my sneakers. In another month or two, the sneakers will be stored away and the boots brought out. I’m going through my cold weather clothes and laundering them.

Rogue tomatoes

We have a rogue tomato plant. It’s rather huge and has yielded dozens of tomatoes. It’s still yielding tomatoes, and I’m holding thumbs that the warm weather holds enough for the green ones to ripen. You see, it’s rogue because we didn’t plant it. It emerged in a bed at the front of the garden in an area reserved for indigenous plants that don’t need much watering. Chè fed it some lawn fertilizer and the results have been astounding.

Juggling fewer timezones

European and US clocks moved by an hour so my day starts one hour earlier. This is a great pity because I rather liked my day to start at 10 am. This doesn’t mean that my day finishes earlier though. I think I’m getting the raw deal here (South Africa doesn’t practice daylight saving). On the plus side, I have one less timezone to juggle! Yay (not) … or maybe yes … or not …


South Africa is still on lockdown level 1, the least strict level. I am rather concerned about this: people swarmed to beaches, held street parties and many eschewed masking and social distancing this long weekend. Vaccinations are proceeding slowly – at the moment only health care providers are getting vaccinated. Vaccination for the public hasn’t started. So I’m worried. Our numbers are low and test positivity in the region of 5% so it’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security. Police have been kept busy this Easter weekend, breaking up the street parties.

Let me leave you today with a funny cartoon about coffee.

Wishing you a productive week ahead.

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16 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: Easter Edition”

  1. Sounds like you had a good Easter. It does seem like we’re going back to normal. Anyways I too signed up for the A to Z challenge but I had to withdraw. Maybe next round I’ll participate. I had a theme too but I just did not have the time to sit down and write everyday in April.

    1. Yeah, it takes some preparation beforehand and even some draft posts to stay ahead of the posting schedule.
      Taking the advice of Diana I decided to change my theme to something that needs less prep and research – cities that I’ve travelled to and through. At least for that, I have loads of photos.
      Hope you have a wonderful week!

  2. I love the sound of your rogue tomato plant – we had the reverse, tomato plants that grew really slowly last year, and never even had the hint of a tomato on them.
    As for winter, we’re meant to be coming out of it, and we have had some really lovely days, and then this morning we woke up to a dusting of snow and it’s freezing again.
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    1. Oh dear, sounds like winter is trying to hold on.
      Sometimes it is hot and other times it is cold here – it’s the time of year where the weather is at its most variable.
      I hope that you get tomatoes this year – maybe even a rogue plant or two 😉

  3. Happy Easter (a little belated). Heading into Fall and Winter as we head into Spring. It’s fun to read and follow your blog. Those rogue tomatoes sound delicious!! I’m following many who are doing the A to Z challenge. It sounds fun but I’ve missed 4 days now and I don’t usually post every day. Maybe you can change your theme? Just a thought if you have writers block! Have a productive week ahead too! ❤️

    1. Thanks so much 🙂 for reading my blog and I’m glad you’re enjoying it. The rogue tomatoes are delicious. I had 2 with a tuna salad for lunch today and they were so juicy.
      I see that people can enter the A to Z Challenge until the 7th, so I’m hoping they will wait until that date before removing people from the list. I’ve taken your suggestion and changed my theme. I’ll be writing about cities I’ve travelled to and through. Not terribly original but I have loads of photos 🙂

      1. I can wait to see your travel photos from A to Z! That will be FUN!! I won’t join this year but will enjoy others instead!! ❤️ ~ Diana

    1. Hi Deborah, I’m in South Africa and our temperatures are probably akin to those in Southern California during the equivalent season. Today has been warm with blue skies even though we’re in month 2 of fall. Hope things are improving there with the vaccinations drive.

      1. We are getting pretty hot here in the desert. We live in the Coachella Valley. It will be in the 90s this week. I think the vaccinations are getting out pretty well. My husband and I have had ours. Now my younger in-laws are getting theirs too. I hope we avoid the latest surge hitting other parts of the states with the UK variant.

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