Weekend coffee Share 22nd October 2017


© irene waters 2017

Welcome. Come on in. I have had the most wonderful weekend at home doing what I love best – writing, reading and gardening. Now it is time for a little company. The house is clean and tidy (well downstairs at least), the garden is looking inviting with snap dragons snapping and daisy like flowers smiling. The borders are down and I have mowed the lawn and done the edges. The new old pool pump is up and running. All you have to do is tell me what you’d like to drink. I have a bit of everything.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am constantly amazed at how serendipitous life can be. On Tuesday at Art Appreciation we started a unit on art glass. I’m finding it beautiful and interesting. We started with an American, Dale Chihuly. His installations are colourful, large and like entering another world. I’d love two large pieces to put outside my windows in my reading nook (but I doubt I could afford for it to happen). After learning about him we heard of him again with the Californian fires. One of the victims had a huge collection of Chihuly worth a fortune and with the heat of the fire the lot melted. I know this is a loss that is incomparable to what others have lost (including lives) but I always find it sad when art is lost to the world. The next bit of serendipity happened when I started reading my next book City of Falling Angels by John Berendt. This non-fiction book about Venice starts with the fire which destroyed the Le Fenice Opera House in 1996. More lost art but living near the fire was Archimede Seguso, a renowned Venetian glassblower who has his studio in Murano. He creates 100 pieces that records what he watched through his window as the opera house burnt to the ground. Serendipity. Increasing the layers of  the written word.

Tuesday after art appreciation we dropped in at the golf club and had some potato skins with blue cheese. Yum. The birds moved in to join us. We had a treat as it had been raining (torrential) and the course was closed so the kangaroos had moved up to the club house and taking advantage of the grass on the first tee. They are always on the course along with kangaroos, koalas and large lizards.

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Friday we went to Mooloolabah to a shoe shop to see if we could get some shoes for Mum. Success which is surprising as she has such difficult feet to fit but we walked out with two pairs and very happy. A lovely lunch at Alexandra Headland finished the day. Today Muffin visited – pure bliss.


© irene waters 2017

There is still time to enter the Carrot ranch writing competition with my competition still open until the 26th. Cahs prizes and a lot of fun. free to enter. New competitions every Tuesday and Thursday during October and can be seen at Carrot Ranch.

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?  I finished reading Relativity and will review it sometime this week. Thank you for dropping in for coffee, it is lovely to see you. As we don’t have a host at the moment if anyone wants to leave a link to their coffee share please feel free to do so.

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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4 Responses to Weekend coffee Share 22nd October 2017

  1. Corina says:

    We have had record breaking rain here in Portland. Our weather has definitely changed!

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  2. It does sound like you had a wonderful week, Irene, and I enjoyed it nearly as much as you, reading about it here.

    Me? I’m cleaning out the house. Piles and piles of stuff I have no idea why I saved them. Would you like a few tins of Lego bricks? Or hundreds of very old bank statements? How about several really out of date dresses? OK, off to the used things store instead.

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