Weekend Coffee Share 19th November 2017


Welcome and come on in. Let’s get settled with a cup of tea or coffee and then we’ ll see how I week was. Personally I have had a good week.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that to some extent our week has a routine to it. Monday morning we go to yoga. We both feel better for doing some exercise and Roger feels that he is feeling the benefit in his shoulder. I have also put a walking app on my phone. Now it is not just the camera that drives Roger mad but the constant checking I do to see how many steps I take. I don’t have to worry because I do 95% more steps than other users of the app. This is due to walking the dogs, dancing and running up and down the steps fairly often. The app also comes with a 7 minute workout which I try to do (even though I change some of the exercises to suit) each day.  Other activities which make up our routine is art appreciation, golf, dancing and lunch with Mum.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that a good friend from Sydney is visiting. She arrived on Friday and leaves on Thursday and as luck would have it the weatherman is giving us wet weather for the entire period. We were caught in a torrential downpour on our way to the Farmer’s market and it was huge puddles to negotiate when we did finally get there. Due to the weather the stall holders were at a minimum and it was too uncomfortable to have coffee. Fortunately the weather cleared and we managed to walk along the river. So calming.

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© irene waters 2017

But apart from loving having a good friend visit I obtained my biggest buzz of the week from a seminar I went to at the university. I was invited to attend but wasn’t told why. I listened to the speaker who was truly inspirational and you will hear more about this over coming weeks. It was about the hero’s journey which all writers know about but this was put in such a way it was truly inspirational. Afterwards the majority of people left and I was invited to stay on with six other people. I was being invited to be one of two creative writers for a book that was planned. I have to say I am quite excited about it. I am not going to talk about it today as it is in its infancy and I don’t want to jump the gun.

I am still reading the same book  – but will finiish it this week. I’m looking forward to moving on. I haven’t been to any good films of late but I believe we are going to see the new Murder on the Orient Express during the week. 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, it is lovely to see you. Thanks to our host eclecticali  who is our host of the weekend coffee share.

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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16 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share 19th November 2017

  1. An entertaining post, Irene. I do enjoy these coffee posts and hearing about what other people have been up to during the week.

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  2. A very good post. The weather is colder here in Florida. I haven’t read any good books are seen any good films.

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  3. GriffithsKL says:

    Congratulations on your mountain top moment! And for sharing it.

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  4. I look forward to hearing more about the content of the seminar as well as your developing role in the book plan. Wow!
    I discovered Lia Purpura through The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre: An Anthology of Explorations in Creative Nonfiction by Sean Prentiss and Joe Wilkins, and just finished a book of essays by her.
    Very… interesting. A true literary artist. The Fourth Genre book had me thinking of you as I read it. Great discussion of fiction in non-fiction and non-fiction in fiction.
    I have enjoyed your flashes, I see you all over the place lately.
    Have a great week ahead. I am off for my other Sunday morning ritual, the dump and the take it or leave it, also known as The Mall. It’s where most of my books come from.

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    • Thanks D. I have just purchased that on my kindle and look forward to reading. Thanks for visiting – yes I am getting around a bit. I am trying to get my creativity back. It seemed to falter a little when I was doing scholarly pieces and to start off my writing day with a bit of flash I find beneficial. Glad you are enjoying them.
      You must know your tip very well visiting it, it seems, most weekends. It is Roger’s favourite place to go. Love seeing books recycled. It is the one thing I dislike about reading on kindle – I used to love the extra layer of a book – sometimes knowing where it had been. Those that travelled the world were my favourites. I guess now all of mine travel from America to Australia via the airwaves. Not quite the same thing.

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  5. noelleg44 says:

    Despite the rain, you had a great week, Irene. I’m looking forward to hearing about the book. We went to see Murder on the Orient Express last week. It was really good, a bit slow, but the many stars populating the story didn’t overwhelm and despite the fact I knew the ending, I’d forgotten the details – so it was fun. Well acted and great scenery. I think there is another Poirot coming soon – Death on the Nile. It was hinted at. And this Poirot is rather handsome…

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  6. I’m so thrilled for you with regard to your upcoming writing project, Irene. To be one of a small number selected for this honor, to be recognized for your creativity and intelligence. Hurray for you!

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  7. Congratulations are in order for being chosen to take part in a new book project. Way to go, Irene! BTW, I saw the new Orient Express movie, and gave it a 6 out of 10…didn’t help that I knew the ending, having seen the original movie!


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