Weekend Coffee Share 1st April 2017


Welcome and come on in for a cuppa. I am well and truly organised now and can offer you any beverage you want, hot or cold. Don’t ask for any food though as I’m not quite on top of that yet.

If we were having coffee I’d be telling you what a hectic week we have had. So much has happened in such a short space of time although I am still not managing to visit as many of your sites as I would like to.  Sunday and Monday we continued getting the house in order. Downstairs is looking quite respectable and I am trying to bring 3 boxes from our storage shed twice a week to hopefully eventually not have to keep paying for the shed. So far I have done this and managed to find homes for all the box contents – some was sent to St Vincents.

Tuesday we went to Brisbane on the bus to Old Government House in the morning and then the afternoon at the art gallery. It is such a nice way to travel so the whole day is totally stress free.


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Old Government House was built for the independent colony of Queensland in 1859 (completed 1862) for the first governor sir George Bowen. Eleven more followed him hosting social events and administrative offices.


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It had quarters for the staff at the rear. In 1910 it ceased this function and became part of the University of Queensland. It was taken over in by the National Trust and restored, finally being open to the public in 2009.


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Apart from being a beautiful structure to wander around it now houses the William Robinson Gallery. He is considered one of Australia’s foremost living artists. His humour comes through in many of his figurative expressionist works and I loved his creation story with an Australian slant. The one above is an equestrian self portrait which won the Archibald prize in 1987.


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We went to the Art Gallery to see the three women artists – two Australians Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington-Smith and American Georgia O’Keefe in an exhibition called Making Modernism. How I wished I could photograph it but in this one cameras were prohibited. All women were attributed with making the transition into the modern time by rejecting artistic and social conventions of the time and depicting views in a different way.

Prior to entering we saw Australian artists hung in a different fashion with interactive screens allowing you to zoom in and giving you information at your finger tips. Our day was a real success.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you the rain started on Wednesday. Not masses but enough to give a feeling of worse to come, which of course it did on Thursday. All activities Thursday were cancelled , schools were closed, shopping malls shut, the buses were free to get people home quickly. Power was lost in the middle of the afternoon as we waited it out. Mum of course couldn’t get to meals as the lift was out. Somehow they managed to cook and delivered her meal to her room. We were nice and cosy inside. Luckily one of the boxes I’b brought from the shed had all our hurricane lights in it and not knowing where to put them I’d left them on the kitchen bench. Very handy as it happened.


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Despite the brilliant blue day the next day we still had no power. Multiple power lines had been broken with the trees falling on them. Consequently our normal Friday lunch with Mum was postponed until today.


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We started setting up the office today also. I had hoped to be up and running by now but it is close. I haven’t done any writing but have done some pictorial blogs in response to challenges. I posted a new Times Past prompt this morning.

Now it is your turn. How was your week? Has your weather been warmer/colder, wetter/drier. Have you read any good books or seen any good films?  Thank you for dropping in for coffee and thank you to Nerd in the Brain for hosting our weekend coffee. Other places to drop in for coffee can be found here. Hope to see you next week.

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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10 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share 1st April 2017

  1. Glad you didn’t cop too much of the rain. Feels as if it’s been overcast here for weeks, but we seem to be a relatively safe oasis between the devastation further north and the battering further south.
    Good to hear you’re settling in.

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  2. I Love Georgia O’Keefe. I went to see an special exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. Here are some photos. https://roamingurbangypsy.com/2017/03/09/georgia-okeefe-at-the-brooklyn-museum/

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  3. noelleg44 says:

    How nice you can have lunch with your Mom regularly! I do miss mine… I loved the art gallery – we just got back from a double exhibit: Ansel Adams and Venetian Renaissance artists. Both fascinating!!!

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    • Yes I am very lucky. I am having a three trip to Sydney with her at the end of the month and I think that will be very special.
      You and I share that love of art galleries. Some exhibits I love whilst others leave me wondering at the state of the artist’s mind but all add something to my own being.


  4. Glad you survive the storm. I take it no major damaged. Good luck with clearing your storage boxes. The day trip sounds nice.

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  5. I loved the pic of you and your mum. Great resemblance, (and great genes)! And thank you for the art tour…I love art galleries!

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