Merry Christmas: Weekend Coffee Share 24th December 2017


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To everyone whether you have visited once or visited many times I wish you Seasons Greetings and hope you have a Merry Christmas. Now come on in for coffee and lets have a chat.

If we were having coffee I’d ask you if you think this year has gone by very quickly. For me it has. I guess there were some major events during the year. In March we had our nurses reunion celebrating the completion of our nursing training 40 years ago. Such a long time ago and hard to believe how many of our group are still nursing.


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The next was a trip to Sydney with my mother to receive on my brother’s behalf an award from Sydney University.


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By this time I had completed my studies but my own graduation brought home to me just what I had achieved.


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And the final and most important event of the year happened last week on the 19th December. Roger and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. This made me reflect on the road we have journeyed together. Our wedding was all the more special as my father performed the ceremony, my brother gave me away, his girls were my flower girls, my mother made my dress, I won my cake (which I later learnt my best lady dropped and had to repair) and many more people made it a day that was very special.

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Our 25 years married has seen us in on the island of Tanna having a nightmare in Paradise, attempting to be farmers, general store proprietors and restaurant chef and waitress, builders labourers, builders and finally retired (although with Roger’s support I did my Master of Arts and have been writing solidly.)

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Chief Tom, Ruth and us celebrating lounge - Version 3

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Barcoleuwin Bucca Wauka  otherwise known as The Farm

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Barrington General Store

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16.after a day playing mud pies

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Builders labourers

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In the renovation planning our next move


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The house we built with our bare hands

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I feel blessed to have had 25 years with a man I can still say I love and who makes me laugh and he can still say:


I think that is enough about me. Thank you for visiting me throughout the year. Your presence is special to me also. I hope you have a very merry Christmas. And I’d love to know what you have been up to, what books you’ve read, films you’ve seen and what your plans are for tomorrow if you celebrated Christmas. In Australia Christmas Day and Boxing Day are public holidays so everyone (except those in retail and hospitality and service industries) have a four day weekend. Noosa puts on free buses to try to alleviate the parking problem so we will be hopping on the bus each day and going to the beach. If it is not too hot we’ll walk in the National Park and make use of the buses. Christmas Day we are going with Mum into the Hinterland for lunch in a restaurant. Back to you…….

Thank you EclecticAli for hosting our coffee weekends.

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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10 Responses to Merry Christmas: Weekend Coffee Share 24th December 2017

  1. Enjoy the Holidays and have a great New Year, Irene.

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  2. Paroledipolvereblog says:

    Merry Christmas to you 🎄🎁

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  3. trentpmcd says:

    A very full year! Happy Anniversary!

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  4. Kathleen Howell says:

    Happy Anniversary and thank you for the wonderful recap! A full life indeed. Wishing you many more! Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  5. This was such a delightful post, Irene. You’ve had quite a wonderful and adventurous life. I bet you can’t wait to get started on the next 25 years! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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