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Coffee Date #5 and Six-year Blog-versary

cappuccino-5820This morning I realised that this blog has been active for six years, almost to the date. I was going to let this pass without any acknowledgement, but J insisted. So here I am, and we meet again. However do I really need an excuse for another coffee date? Was the latest one in June? Shish!

So after we stand and wait for our cappuccinos, first and foremost I want to properly wish you a Happy New Year! I hope that 2017 has started off well for you. The ‘with a bang’ thing is not that important. What 2016 has taught me is how much I shouldn’t take anything for granted and to live one day at a time. I’m not going to lecture you – there’s no need to. I just want to thank you for being there. What are your plans for this year? I don’t get the concept of resolutions but writing down some thoughts works for me.

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Barista Masterclass at Costa Coffee Malta

the-drop-0926how-to-make-a-flat-white-0894So less than a month from the International Coffee Day event it was time to head off to a Barista Masterclass at Costa Coffee in Balzan. With my camera of course, and J. You could say that J did all the work this time together with another ten or so coffee enthusiasts. I went along and took loads of pictures which is what I love best. I promised solemnly though that next time I’ll leave my camera behind and follow some instructions myself.

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Writing 101: A Coffee Date #1

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One of the dilemmas presented to someone running a blog is that most of the old posts are lost as the weeks and months roll by. Also it’s very easy to forget that as well as your regular readers, who know you a lot if you’ve been blogging for years, you have new ones stopping by. Most of these readers are bloggers themselves, or rather that’s what happens here on C&T. Readers, both old and new, are the backbone of a blog. Without them, and your support, I would have stopped doing this ages ago. When I saw the assignment this morning in my inbox, I thought I wasn’t going to do that at all because for these past few weeks I have written some important personal stuff on here, and sounding repetitive was not worth the risk, or so I thought at the time. However chatting over coffee is something I look forward to when meeting friends, giving a little update using this format doesn’t sound too bad. Let’s see.

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Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton

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Spring is here. (What, no exclamation mark, you say? I thought I might spare you one this time.) I hope you all had a lovely long Easter weekend. I am having quite a busy few weeks and it’s only going to get worse, but it’s all been good. Yesterday was the best day. We had lunch with my family (I made stew, which is sort of a tradition in my house, and took it over to my parents’ place.) Then we drove to Ħad-Dingli for a walk along the cliffs, and on our way back home stopped over to the wonderful Diar il-Bniet for a great coffee and something sweet. I took some snapshots with my mobile – no camera this time unfortunately – and will be tweeting some of them on Twitter later on.

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Iced Coffee with a Kick

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One of the things both J and I wouldn’t live without is coffee. We’re not the typical coffee-obsessed persons – we have an Americano and a cappuccino in the morning with our breakfast, and an espresso after lunch. On rare occasions we have another espresso round about four, but that’s that.

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Image: Bicerin at Carluccio’s

Bicerin at Carluccios (9537)

I have to say, this moving thing is really throwing me off. Was about to put an exclamation mark there but I kinda stopped. Reason: there are too many of those scattered around this blog. Way too much for my liking. It would help explain my surprise though so I think you would have forgiven me if I inserted one anyway. Yes, all this tiredness from organising this move is taking its toll, and I’m not even contributing to half of the work! (And there it is. I couldn’t resist.) J is the boss when it comes to huge moves so I left the big decisions up to him. I’m trying to do the small stuff, like making sure everything’s tidy, all of our clothes are properly washed, packed and sealed, ready to be shipped and other little miscellaneous things.

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Good Morning! Images from the Archive.

I hope you are all doing well. Thankfully I feel awake this morning, and I guess it’s all due to one important thing: a good night’s sleep. I haven’t slept so well in ages due to some back problems, which have eased slightly during the last 24 hours. Sleeping a full 8 hours can only be a fleeting thought for me; it basically never happens, but last night I found myself nodding off at 9! It seemed so easy – I just closed my eyes and I think I was asleep in no time at all. As I said, this doesn’t happen often but when it does I relish it. Perhaps that’s why I appreciate it so much. I woke up at 6, which makes it…what?…9 hours? Absolutely fantastic! *Dancing to Pharrell Williams’ Happy* Nice.

And now I need this…

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…this…

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…and this, of course!

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Even though I am happy to buy a hot drink from chains, I find it more pleasing when I stumble upon an independent coffee shop. This is what happened on two recent trips to London – a place where you can find anything. The coffees in the pictures were the result of two happy but separate coincidences. The first one was after an enjoyable meal at an Italian place near Leicester Square; the second was from a shop around Oxford Circus – one of the few places who actually give you a glass of tap water with your coffee. It’s such a simple thing but everyone should do this.

Unfortunately and I’m so ashamed, I don’t even know where the last photo was from (I wouldn’t even dare to guess) but I would devour one right this very minute! I am now off to make myself some porridge. I am being good.

Enjoy the weekend folks!

Rob x