Weekend Coffee share: 27th May 2017

weekend-coffee-share-new-home-nerd-in-the-brain-1Come on in and have a coffee. I am so excited this week I can hardly contain myself but before we settle down what would you like? Tea? Coffee? Cold drink?

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that this week a huge cloud has lifted. I hadn’t realised just how much the waiting was affecting me until I was notified this week that my thesis has been passed and I now have a Master of Arts to add to my name. I had been waiting so long that I truly believed that I had failed and that it didn’t matter to me. All I wished was that someone would tell me the bad news. I was okay with it. Going on my reaction when I read that I passed I don’t think I would have been okay with it and I feel as though a cloud has lifted. I had thought my somewhat down mood was due to Roger’s unhappiness at the move, the move itself and my lack of creativity. Now I know it was not knowing my results. Now feel I can cope with anything again. All of a sudden a lightness has come over me. If you haven’t guessed I’m happy with the result.

During the week we have been working on the floor and have finished it except for one piece. Why we didn’t cut that piece and put it in I don’t know. We are in two minds as to what to do in the kitchen. We have discovered black tiles under the floorboards we pulled up and we are tempted to leave them rather than lay our new floor over the top. We’ll probably trial it for a week or more and then make a decision.


If we were having coffee I’d tell you that last night we went to the Noosa Chorale presentation of Viennese Masters of the Classical Era. For a non professional choir the sound was superb. They had 20 soprano, 20 alto, 7 tenors and 7 bass singers. Shutting my eyes I could visualise myself in a cathedral listening to Schubert’s Mass no. 2 in G major, Te Deum by Haydn and the Coronation Mass by Mozart. In these they were assisted by professional soloists – a soprano and a mezzo soprano, a tenor and a baritone. The piece de resistance however was the second number performed – a cello concerto No 1 in C major by Haydn. The soloist cellist was Louise King, an artist of international acclaim. She was amazing to watch as her fingers moved on the strings. At times her strange looking thumb lay across the bridge whilst her fingers still worked. At times she looked as though she was fitting and her bow flourish at the end of each section was entertainment in itself. What a delightful evening we had.

Tonight we are off to the theatre. We are going to see the shorts on stage. This is a series of short 15 minute plays that we get to vote on for the audience choice of best script. The judges will also be making their decision if they have not done so already. Tonight is the first night so it should be fun.

The weather has been perfect. Not yet cold enough for a blanket. Unheard of almost winter weather. I’ve got my fountain together although it doesn’t yet have water running. I have to work out the slight problem of electricity to site. I have my frangipani trees planted and the rest of my garden planned. I am currently reading The Last Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst by Ron Hall and Nicholas Tomalin. Already I agreee it is strange.


© irene waters 2017


© irene waters 2017

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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19 Responses to Weekend Coffee share: 27th May 2017

  1. Dahlia says:

    Congratulations Irene 🙂

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  2. Great news Irene! Congratulations!

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  3. Congratulations on your Master degree. Wonderful nrws. Like the pictures of your new place

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  4. Congratulations on passing your thesis. It’s definitely an achievement.

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  5. mommyusage says:

    Congratulations! That’s awesome! I’m glad the wait is over and that there was a favorable outcome! I love your floors. I am in the process of redoing my home as well!

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  6. Pamela Morse says:

    You should be very proud of the master’s degree. It is a big accomplishment. Sounds like you have been having lots of entertainment fun..that concert must have been wonderful. Thanks for the coffee and time this week.

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  7. Irene, I am so thrilled for you! Master of Arts – well earned by you. Now I can’t wait to read your thesis. The experience sounds exciting and transformative. Well done all around!

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  8. A. E. Robson says:

    Thrilled to hear you finally got word back. Congratulations on your Master of Arts, Irene. I like that you are giving your new found floor tiles a chance. Sometimes that which is hidden is the best!

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