A few years ago, I posted this pic that someone else had shared, and I reposted it this week. And this week, I have sat down and had coffee and conversation with two friends. On Tuesday I went on a blind date and met a wonderful Christian lady highly motivated to share her energy and […]Read More A Jew, a Muslim and a Christian walk into a cafe…
Recently I witnessed something quite disturbing, but probably quite familiar to most people reading this. I was in a small lecture / discussion group, and the topic was current affairs in Israel. I made a comment. Another member of the audience responded, obviously very irate at what I had said, and, as she spoke, she […]Read More Hot Topics and Micro-Revolutions
What is an ordinary day for you? I guess that the answer is different for all of us, but probably follows a rhythm of waking up, getting up, having some breakfast, doing a morning routine, doing what needs to be done for the day, eating meals, taking a break at some point, then evening routine […]Read More The Ordinary
It was a beautiful autumn morning (again! – how lucky we are to be able to say this almost half way through November!) and I have once again gone for a walk in the local park, as I am trying to do most mornings since TLC moved out of the Ark three weeks ago. It […]Read More Compassion Fatigue?
Wednesday next week will be our last day at the Ark building. On Thursday we will move out, and be taking a break from trading as a cafe until the spring. CATCH, The youth organisation that owns the building and runs fantastic events and programs for the young people in the area, are intending to […]Read More All’s Well That Ends Well
I was walking home with my daughter. As we walked through the park, we looked up and saw this tree. It was too beautiful not to try to capture. As I took out my phone to take picture, I saw that the following was posted on the WhatsApp group for TLC volunteers; and it’s too […]Read More Untitled…
Since the cafe has been closed this week, I have enjoyed being at home, catching up on the back office side of ToastLoveCoffee, and baking. Since the MacMillan coffee morning campaign is in full flow, I had some serious batches of flapjacks and other goodies to make for my husband, sister in law, and of […]Read More Chocolate Orange Truffles
Last night, Anita and I went out. A friend of mine had given me tickets to a gig (!) at the Belgrave Music Hall and so I invited Anita to join me on this rare treat. We really enjoyed the excuse to go out together, pretending to be young again (!) and I reminisced that […]Read More Someone Out There Loves You
Last week, Paul returned to TLC. He had been a regular volunteer with us, and, before heading to Manchester to start university (go Paul!) he came in to say goodbye. I was touched; he had been such a great member of the team and had missed him. What I didn’t realise was how much he […]Read More Paul’s story..
Yesterday, I posted this onto our Facebook and Twitter profiles: “Today we put a price on our tea and coffee. It is a suggested minimum donation (50p for tea, £1 for coffee). We know this will be a shock to many people who value our pay as you feel ethos, and we encourage everyone to […]Read More A big change out of small change