# Weekend Coffee Share: 18th February 2017


Welcome and come on in and have a cup of coffee.  Let’s sit outside until it gets too hot. There is a gentle breeze blowing and the orchestra of birds are creating a new composition mixing one bell note with another. It reminds me of going to church on Tanna where the sexes segregated themselves by their own choice. One person would start singing a hymn. Another voice would join in and then another and another until a full, perfectly tuned choir would crescendo vibrating the small, termite holed church.

2If we were having coffee I’d tell you Vanuatu is uppermost in my mind at the moment. I have completed my revisions and apart from doing a final editorial check I am ready to resubmit. That will leave a fairly big hole in my life. We do have the move coming up and then we will have all those things you want to do when you move into a new place and the things you find that you don’t want to do but have no choice – but those aside I know I have to have a major project in my life and  it is time this memoir was published. It is so close to finished and my modus operandii is to finish nothing. Even the washing up I always leave a spoon unwashed. ‘Nightmare in Paradise’ is about to be finished. I hope if you see I’m faltering you’ll give me some gentle pressure or a reminder as to my aim.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you my week has been good, with nothing memorable to make it stand out. I attended a research day at the uni and caught up with some fellow students that came from Brisbane that I only see at conferences and the odd day like this. I went to our art appreciation class at U3A and I almost forgot, I received the President’s award at toastmasters on Monday night for an impromtu speech I did on how I would make my husband notice me on Valentine’s Day. Despite this gentle reminder Valentines Day came and I forgot about it until reminded in the dog park by someone going to a St Valentines party. Interesting concept and we haven’t seen him again to hear whether there was an ulterior motive to the party. I asked my husband when we left the dog walker had he remembered and he said “yes.” “Did you get me a present then?” I asked only to be told ” No I knew you would forget.” I don’t need a special day to tell my husband I love him. We are going out tonight though for a romantic dinner.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you I reviewed Harp in the South by Ruth Park  on Monday and this coming week I will review The Sitter. I am currently reading The museum of modern love by Heather Rose. I haven’t been to the theatre. I posted the second in my cruising series on Tuesday and will do the third this coming week.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that finally the weather has cooled a little although still hot. So far we haven’t had the dreadful fires that they have been having around Canberra where a number of houses have been lost, nor the dreadful storms that hit north of Sydney to the Hunter. Stay safe everyone.

If we were having coffee I’d ask you how your week has been? What books are you reading? Is there any evidence of spring for those in the Northern Hemisphere?

I’d like to thank you for dropping in and keeping me company and also Nerd in the Brain for hosting our coffee weekend. To visit others opening their doors to coffee on the weekend go here.

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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14 Responses to # Weekend Coffee Share: 18th February 2017

  1. noelleg44 says:

    Thanks for the coffee, Irene, and catching us up on all your doings! Here in NC, spring has arrived. My daffodils are up along with the jonquils and it’s still February. A very warm month! We did have one snow fall but I think, unless there’s another shoe out there waiting to fall, we are now official in spring. Nice for me because I can resume outdoor swimming next month hopefully. My son is home from his deployment in Germany and the entire house is full of his crap, excuse me, belongings, while the Army figures out where they’ll be sending him next (so he can move all of his ‘belongings’ to a place of his own. Cameron is in Paris for a long weekend (she likes to travel) and I am almost done with my fourth book. Let’s meet again soon. I’ll make scones!

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  2. Irene, you sound busy but engaged with activities that are moving you along your path of desirable goals. Good for you! Can’t wait to read about Vanuatu, you know. Your experience is unique.

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  3. Good luck with your book. Congratulations on your award. Right now the sun is shinning earlier today it was pouring rain.

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  4. Think Positive! Hugs!

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  5. Corina says:

    I am glad you have been spared the storms and the fire. I hope you remain safe!

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  6. Dale says:

    Thanks for the coffee, Irene. I know what you mean about being a specialist in starting but not finishing. You can do it! Go for it! I am looking forward to reading it (I read all my fellow-bloggers’ works…)
    I’ll go back to my dreary snow now…

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