Weekend Coffee Share: 28th May 2016


Hi. Welcome and come on in. The kettle’s on the boil and the machine for coffee only takes seconds to fire up if you’d like a cappuchino or any type of coffee or hot chocolate. In winter a hot chocolate is often warming but the weather has been so warm and beautifully warm, summer-like even that we haven’t, as yet, felt a need for warming. If the forecasters are correct that situation may change on Sunday when it is supposed to turn bitterly cold. In the sub-tropics we never get bitterly cold but it is amazing how, once acclimatised to the heat, a drop in temperature will bring out the polar fleeces.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that all is well in my world. In fact I haven’t done much except housework and work on my thesis referencing all week. Of course I have done my usual posts on word press. Friday Fictioneers and the 99 word flash fiction from Carrot Ranch being among my favourite posts of the week. I have been more successful in getting around and visiting others this week and what a wealth of posts there are. I hope I manage to have a similar amount of time to visit this coming week.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that we had another delightful lunch at the Boat Shed at Cotton Tree. This time we had a voucher from my sister-in-law from Germany and I felt justified in having a desert as well as an entree and a main course. Yes I know I’m a pig. I chose the tasting plate for the desert. I hope you can see from the picture what a great choice I made. I’m still drooling just at the thought of it.


© irene waters 2016

and with such a magnificent view to be had – what more could one ask.


© irene waters 2016

If we were having coffee I’d tell you Muffin excelled herself this week at dog training. Nothing spooked her and she behaved just as she should and that I finished an enjoyable read Treading Water by Angie Oakley which I recommend and will write a review of in the next couple of weeks. I’ve started the second in a trilogy by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and so far it is proving as good as the first.

So as I have so little to tell you perhaps you can start talking and tell me what you would tell me if we were having coffee. My ears are waggling in anticipation. Thank you Diana for hosting our coffee mornings.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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18 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share: 28th May 2016

  1. Miriam says:

    Sounds lovely. I’d tell you that my daughter is off camping in the high country for the first time by herself and friends. And we’re going out for dinner tonight without her, it feels kind of strange. A frothy cappuccino for me, thanks. 🙂

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  2. I’d tell you that I picked my husband up at the airport last night at 11:30 p.m. our time. He had been to see his sister in New Brunswick, Canada, who has not been doing very well. He arrived exhausted, having been in and around airports for over 12 hours. So when we arrived home, it was 3:00 a.m. New Brunswick time. The times were not his choice. He had to take what he was offered, but I think there is something wrong with an air travel system which deals in uncomfortable seats and unreasonable scheduling. Not to mention the absence of real food. Of course, we were spoiled back in the day—when air travel was a pleasure!

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    • Gosh that is a long time to be up and about and driving in the dark. Sorry to hear his sister is not doing to well and made more difficult by the distance between. There is something wrong with unreasonable scheduling and don’t get me started on real food. I remember when air travel was a pleasure. You may just have given me a future prompt for Times Past.


  3. Irene, that dessert is amazing. I don’t know what all of it is, but I want to try everything also!
    Glad to hear it was a calmer week for you and the family than earlier in the month.

    My week has been relatively quiet. My mom’s condition continues to decline and it’s often more than I can bear to watch. She is beginning to mutter under her breath as if she’s checking in with herself to make sure everything’s OK. Of course, everything is not OK and nothing can be done about it. She’s also beginning to refuse to respond to me when I visit, another indication of her mental decline as she can no longer interact appropriately even when guided.

    Had a great writer’s critique group meeting, reviewing two well written books. These folks are astute and articulate, so listening to another person’s chapter be reviewed is as beneficial as listening when It’s my own story.

    It was a joy to see our son’s car drive up toward our house for dinner this evening, and see our grandchildren’s faces looking at me through the car window. We ate a delish take out meal I brought home, Mediterranean food that was tasty even though they forgot the olives.

    Have worked on the newest book a bit and attended a spirituality workshop. This is one of a series, and I’ve found the facilitator gifted at helping me work through my issues.

    Thanks for encouraging me, Irene.

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    • I love it when you drop in for coffee Sharon but sad to hear that your Mother’s condition is worsening. It must be so hard when she doesn’t respond to you. I think in the early days it is hard on the sufferer as they know things aren’t quite right. Unless they suffer with paranoia and fear I think as the disease progresses it becomes easier for them but certainly much harder for those that love them watching as they lose their identity. Big hugs being sent across the ocean.
      I wish I had a good writer’s criticque group. As you know they are invaluable and even when not your piece you still learn from the others.
      I can feel your joy at your son’s visit. Was it a surprise? Sounds like a nice meal but nothing could compare to those deserts pictured. I drool at just the thought of them.
      Good to hear you are getting some work done and the spirituality workshop sounds as though it is working for you. Now we just have to see those letters written.

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  4. Norah says:

    I’m pleased you’ve had a good week, Irene. I wouldn’t have enjoyed the housework with you, but it’s always nice to have it done. I had my grandchildren here for a sleepover on Friday night and that was lots of fun. Today the weather has turned cool and I have got out some warmer clothes to wear this week. The weather has been beautiful the past couple of weeks, I didn’t enjoy the winds over the past couple of days. They’re not supposed to come until August. Last year they didn’t come at all. I think they’re confused. Must be contagious. I hope you have a great week.
    PS I’m totally envious of your dessert and the view. Both are a feast for anyone’s eyes.

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    • Sleepovers must be a lot of fun as a grandma. Its turned cool here as well although the days are still very pleasant. We didn’t get too much wind here but where I came from in Gloucester they had horrendous winds made all the more bitter as it was coming off the snow at Barrington Tops. Glad we made the move. I agree the seasons have no idea of when to come and go anymore but perhaps it is as I recently discovered the ides move and have not been on the 21st of March or Sept for years, perhaps too the seasons have moved. 🙂

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  5. Great that Muffin did wonderful in class. This training will gave you a life with her. Your meal sounds wonderful. I read late last night so I was sleey this morning. Kato woke me up good with special meow. He normally doesn’t use. Once I spoke hecwent back to watching the neighbor’s patio. Is strung with red, blue, and white twirly objects. He is fascinated with them. This Memorial weekend and flags are flying.

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    • I think Muffin will continue to be up an down but hopefully with the downs getting less frequent as she gets older. I love hearing about Kato. They are so much joy to watch and listen to when they have a special sound. I’m not sure what memorial day is but I think it is probably like our Anzac Day where we remember the sacrifices made in war.


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