This week’s coffee diaries nearly didn’t happen, thanks to the very stormy days we’ve been experiencing over here in Manchester. Not one to shy away from a shoot no matter the weather, even I found it quite difficult to navigate. Craig was soaking wet as his umbrella got destroyed by the gusty winds and so did mine, but I wasn’t letting go nonetheless. Taking shelter was the only way forward. But that in itself became an arduous task. We found ourselves searching for a spot for close to an hour as everywhere was packed with people trying to stay away from the not so friendly weather. In the end, we decided to join the crowd. Trying to take pictures was very awkward as everyone kept staring. I remember saying to Craig, I’ve paid for two pots of tea and I’ll be damned not to get my money’s worth in pictures, lol. Clearly, this wasn’t the time or place to even contemplate a self portrait. So we agreed to just focus on me as I was ready to take some stares for the team.
Waiting out the storm seemed to be a mistake as it kept getting worse. But at least we had a hot pot of tea to keep us going. Looking around us, we could see people drinking and having a jolly good time despite the not so great weather. In that moment, it was very obvious to me what the lesson was. Although we may experience some stormy weathers in our lives, it is much better when we have the people we love around us. Looking over at Craig, I was happy to see him. I might have taken one for the team, but without him there observing the scene and clicking the camera at every chance he gets, there’d be no team. Coming to terms with the fact that the weather was only going to get worse, we called for an Uber to get us home where we would be safe from the storm. When we got out of the taxi, we saw a man with an umbrella, which had the words “there’s no rainbow without rain”. What a thought to hold on to, especially on a day like this.