Weekend Coffee Share 17th September 2017


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Welcome and come on in.  Before we start would you like a beverage – I have almost everything in the hot drink department and you are limited in the cold drinks to water, water or water with cordial. I do have fizzy water that you are welcome to try.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you I’ve had another good week although I have been busy. We decided that it was time to do some art work in the garden so we got out the spray paint, visited the tip and went to town. I like the end result but don’t worry if you don’t – art is such a personal thing and it is impossible for everyone to like the same thing.


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Our first piece was a piece of aluminium that obviously came from a workshop that cut out widgets of some kind. This only cost us $10 from the tip and a can of gold spray paint finished the piece.


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Enthused by that success I would have put a smaller one on the other side of the fence but Roger thinks it would look better down the other end and he opted for a rising sun behind Buddah. At night I love the effect of the gold shining behind the serene head although I am not too sure about it in daylight. Neither is Roger because he plans on redoing it so it sits a little lower.


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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that the next project in the garden is the small veggie patch. I want to get the tomatoes out of pots and this will achieve that aim. Today we erected it and worked out where it would sit. Now I just have to remove a small amount of grass and level the garden bed so it sits level. There is something about working out in a garden that calms you down. Even sitting eating my lunch with my book on my lap I find peaceful.


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If we were having coffee I’d tell you we went out on Thursday night with our friends for our fortnightly restaurant discovery. This week we went to the Copperhead Restaurant and Brewery. The atmosphere was great sitting in a cavernous brick and timber building with subdued lighting. The vats (if that is what they are called in a brewery) adding ambience and an enticing bar area. The place was packed with people sitting in the bar waiting to get a table. It opened about two months ago and it obviously is the type of venue that is desired. It served good pub type food with designer beers and some unknown wines.


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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that apart from my regular activities – toastmasters, dancing, dog training, book club, yoga and perhaps a few more I spent what spare time I had on book work and it was about time. I’d let things get on top of me and I feel a great weight off my shoulders just getting done what I so far have managed. I will continue that this week. The other thing that hit me like a bolt of lightening due to a conversation I had with fellow blogger Sarah from Lemon Shark is that it is so easy to accuse others as not seeing writing as a valuable pursuit and the pressure they place on you as the reason you haven’t the time to finish your manuscript or what you are working on but in reality it is ME that devalues writing by allowing it to happen. If I put a great value on it I would simply say No. Things are going to change and I am going to approach my writing with a new view point and dedicate enough time to it as it is valuable and I am going to finish it.

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 our weekend coffee host, Diana, from part-time monster for having us and giving us a place to meet up.


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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6 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share 17th September 2017

  1. Good morning, and thanks for the cuppa. I love the art work in the garden. What an eye you have. And what resolve as well. Sounds like you might be busy writing, so I will respectfully move along now. Have a great week.

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  2. Wow! I’m really impressed with the art you created. It looks like ancient rune markings. I bet the gold looks luminous at night. You two are quite a creative team!

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