Scones, jam and cream are my favourite daydream

SCONES, JAM, CREAM AND TEA: HOW PERFECT A RELAXED DAY AT HOME CAN BE. Scones with the wind, not scones which are heavy like stones, is how we must refer to our favourite item on the High Tea list. Some people are particular about the way words are pronounced. We are tutored by English school …

Neighbors are with us all in good times and bad

NEIGHBORS: WE ALL HAVE THEM AND NONE OF US LIVE COMPLETELY ALONE ON AN ISLAND. Neighbors will come and go in some neighborhoods. Other neighbors, stay and live to a ripe old age. Or after years of turning their garden over, they sell their home to turn it into a cash crop. Some neighbors talk …

Chocolate lemon tart for Winter dessert delights

CHOCOLATE LEMON DESSERTS MAKE A DYNAMIC HIT ON SUNDAYS AFTER LONG WALKS OUTSIDE. Chocolate poured over cooked lemon filling and topped with whipped cream will make a sweet dessert any time of the year. It is true that chocolates and fruits fresh from the orchard make a rare and delicious treat during the winter. My …

Christmas in July at the Australian Parliament House.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY AT AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT HOUSE IS NOT TO BE MISSSED. A Christmas in July luncheon is now served at the Queen’s Terrace Café at Australian Parliament House in Canberra. We visited the Queen’s Terrace Café today to enjoy a late afternoon tea.* The Premium teas were prepared and served in earthenware tea pots …

Happy Birthday to you and your family

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU … MANY HAPPY RETURNS! Happy Birthday if it’s your birthday this week! If you’ve turned 100, 75, 50, 25 or five this week or last week (or will next week) … Happy Birthday! Not to be exclusive, if you have a birthday year that fits within anyone of those dates in …

Commonwealth countries to count on as friends

THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY IS A LEADER IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND PEACE-BUILDING. Commonwealth members have a job to do to in this pandemic to keep their friendships alive. Australia is part of the Commonwealth of Nations which is supported by the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS). The RCS* is a friendship society based on mutual belief …

High Teas with the birds and the bees

HIGH TEAS IN A CAFÉ ON THE TOP OF A HILL WITH THE BIRDS AND THE BEES IS NOT ONLY SPECIAL BUT ALMOST A MIRACLE. High teas anywhere in the world are a special occasion to celebrate being with loved ones. Within a simple, three-layered metal tray frame known as an etagere, lie sweet, savoury …

Mothers Day is essential for family bonds

MOTHERS DAY IS THE IDEAL TIME TO REPAIR THE UNINTENDED DAMAGE WHICH FAMILY MEMBERS MAKE TO MOTHERS DURING THE YEAR. Mothers Day is a good time of the year to be selfless. It’s not your fault that you’re human. Your Mother made you that way. But sometimes Mother’s grit their teeth when their offspring do …

CHOGM 2021 is cancelled until further notice

THE CHOGM EVENT IS CANCELLED FOR 2021. That is to say, CHOGM 2021 is postponed indefinitely due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The President of Rwanda, his Excellency Paul Kagame, and the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, announced on 07 May 2021 the postponement of the Commonwealth Heads of …

Your good manners make a difference.

“MANNERS, MAKETH MAN” IS THE STANDARD PHRASE, AND A PROVERB, TO INDICATE THAT MANNERS ARE ALL-IMPORTANT. Good manners are what our parents, grandparents and teachers use as a yard-stick for how we will get on with other people on the planet throughout our life. In a more day-to-day existence, good manners grease the wheels that …