Weekend Coffee Share 30th September 2017


Welcome and come on in.  What is your poison today– I have almost everything in the hot drink department including herbal and green teas, and you are still 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 that this has been a week which has given me a touch of finality. On Thursday I officially graduated. I am always amazed at the range of emotions that these ceremonies bring out. They are not compulsory to attend but I do, I say for my Mother’s sake, but if I were truly honest it would be because it does give a sense of finality and belief that you have achieved that goal that took so long to reach. I felt proud that I had stuck it out despite on occasion wanting to chuck it in. I think also I finally admitted to myself that I do know a lot on my given subject and know there is so much more to find out. All up it was a lovely day (apart from Bundy hurting himself before we left).


© irene waters 2017


© irene waters 2017


© irene waters 2017


© irene waters 2017


© irene waters 2017

I have been guilty at times of thinking that education is wasted on the young. In this manoeuvre I understood why it is necessary that it is those with youth that graduate. Try as I did I could neither launch myself from the floor or overcome years of training not to throw anything away  – I could not release the hat.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that Bundy had  a fall in the morning as he chased Muffin in the park. When pain killers and anti-inflammatories did not ease his discomfort we took him to the vet who kept him in and x-rayed him. Luckily it is just severe arthritis and he is now on bedrest for three weeks. Already he is much improved and insisted on going around to the coffee shop this morning. They give him a treat which he loves.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that we had another almost disaster on Tuesday. I’d requested that Roger stop it from going right to the floor as a wonderful breeze comes in underneath it. He easily did this but forgot to change where it stopped at the other end. When he put it up it overshot the stop point and started to twist. By the time I was aware that there was a problem Roger had removed one of the tension wires and that totally finished twisting the door out of shape. Bolts were popping out. I of course arrive on the scene and suggest this should be underdone because that would stop it hitting the wall , then the ceiling. At one point the metal holding the top of the door popped off and flew across the room it was under so much pressure. At this point I realised one of us was likely to be injured. Nothing was holding the top of the door up and the bottom of the door was also unrestrained. Luckily Roger also realised that we had dug ourselves a hole that this time we needed professional help to get out of. Everyone we rang told us we would have to wait for two weeks. One gave us a number of someone who maybe could help and he was there within the hour. Fixed it quickly, the door wasn’t permanently damaged and didn’t charge us a fortune. We were lucky.


© irene waters 2017

Otherwise I have had a lovely week. Some writing, some reading, a bit of gardening, dancing several times and generally keeping on top of things. I have just finished a book called All is not forgotten by Wendy Walker and I will review that this week. Currently I am reading Relativity by Antonia Hayes. I also took my Mum to see Victoria and Abdul. She absolutely loved it. I’m ashamed to say I went to sleep. I don’t know how much I missed but I could pick up the story again easily. I think it was a bit slow moving and predictable for me.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that coming up is the month of competition being held by Carrot Ranch. This is preceeding the launch of the first anthology. A party on the 3rd October kicks the whole event off. Prizes are being given – drawn from those who comment before 10am, 2pm and 6pm New York time. I will work out the difference and post the equivalent Australian time for these events. There are 8 competitions being held over October – one each Tuesday and Thursday. I am hosting the fourth event. Each contest chair sets the topic, rules of entry and organises judges. The winning entries will be judged for best overall writer. Cash prizes. Visit Charli at Carrot Ranch for further details. I think it is going to be a lot of fun.


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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12 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share 30th September 2017

  1. Congratulations, Graduate!
    And how lucky to have the garage door resolved relatively easily. My husband had to tinker with ours this week, but there was far less drama.
    Some of your pictures have made me think that you and I might both enjoy a beer; I bet we could find something to talk about over one or two while our husbands went on together about flying model airplanes.
    You know that right now I literally am having coffee, and that I am using this time and space to procrastinate all that I should be tackling on this rainy day. So thank you, because I don’t want to go in just yet. Sigh.
    See you at the ranch. It’s going to be a wild ride there this October.
    Be well.

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    • Thanks D. It probably took me out of my comfort zone more than any other activity I have ever undertaken. I know, it was a big achievement.
      I would love for him to have a flying mate. I am always so concerned about power lines, cars and the like we end up at loggerheads. A beer and chat with you sounds much more my cup of tea.
      October has arrived. What a ride this month is going to give us. Put on your spurs and lets saddle up.


  2. Congratulations on your graduation. I love school. I have taken some online courses over the last few years which scratch that itch to learn, but I crave that in class experience. Great post, thanks for sharing.

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    • Prior to doing this I too had done some online courses and I will probably return to doing them now I have finished. There are some interesting subjects out there to be tackled. I just hope I can resist the urge to return to uni to get the floppy hat. Hope you have a good week. Thanks for popping by.


  3. Congratulations, Irene! Your photos tell it all! Kudos to you for starting this in the first place—and for bringing it to completion. So many falter along the way!

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  4. I enjoyed reading your coffeeshare! Congratulations on your graduation!

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  5. trentpmcd says:

    Congratulations! Both for the graduation and not killing yourself with a garage door 😉

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  6. Lizl says:

    Congratulations on your graduation! Marvelous, completing the entire course, not chucking it. It took me three attempted majors (in four years) to make my way through my Bachelor of Arts. Looking at your photographs, I am thinking back to the day and not remembering whether my parents showed up to the graduation ceremony. … Glad that the garage door was brought to submission at the end.
    Happy to have stopped by to share coffee with you! Best wishes for your week!

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