Weekend coffee Share 17th March 2018


Welcome. Come on in for a cup of tea or coffee. I hope you are feeling talkative as I really haven’t a lot to tell you this week. The blustery weather seems to have left us for moment and summer has returned. In fact the temperature is perfect with little humidity so I am happy.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I have been working on putting my New Guinea photos into a book and today finally finished and submitted it to the publisher. I like having a few photographs that visitors can just sit and thumb through. Not everyone wants to come and cram around my computer to look at my photos. I tried to put some on a memory stick to show Mum on the television but that was a dismal failure. They wouldn’t play in the correct order and half were missing. She’ll be much happier looking at them in a more traditional fashion when they arrive early April.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I have done little as Roger has been painting the stairwell ceiling and walls. It puts my heart in my mouth as I watch him climb ladders which hang over the huge drop of the stairs. There would be nothing I could do to save him should he fall but at least I would be there. I’ll be glad when it is over.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that we had a picnic of fish and chips by the river with Mother on Friday. It made a nice change to eating in a restaurant and gave us a lovely view as we ate.


© irene waters 2018

So that is about it for my week. Have you read any good books or seen any films that should be seen? Has your winter turned to spring yet? Victoria, a state way to the south of where I live, is suffering dreadful fires at the moment and for them the wind is not helping. I hope everyone stays safe.

Thank you for dropping in for coffee, it is lovely to see you. Thanks to  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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10 Responses to Weekend coffee Share 17th March 2018

  1. Corina says:

    I’m glad your weather is making you happy this week. I can only imagine how difficult it is to watch the perilous patch your husband had to take to paint. I know I couldn’t watch that sort of thing! I hope your good weather keeps up!

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  2. Good morning Irene. I literally have coffee with you, a Sunday morning lie abed treat. You just missed the neighborhood crows who were stomping on the roof and messing about just outside the window. There’s a metal rod sticking up off the side of the house from an old TV antenna, it’s been there since the previous owners so for years I’ve been meaning to climb up and remove it, but I think I would miss the crows that now roost there in the mornings and plan their day. They’ve gone on about their business now, moved on to other projects, as I must. As a procrastinator, there’s always work to do on Sundays but I will treat myself with a trip to the dump. We have a great “Take it or Leave it” area. That’s where books and other treasures find me. No, I am not a hoarder, I have an eye, only bring home very special items.
    I hope the Victorians get the fires under control and are safe. I am glad that you are enjoying clement weather. We have had a couple of good nor’easter and may be in for another this week. Winter does not go silently into its good night but the birds are telling me spring is here.

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    • Thank you for joining me for coffee and sharing your crows and their noise. Such a good description I can see you lying in bed with the crows stomping above you. They probably wear hob nailed boots to make extra certain you can hear their antics.
      Ah you and Roger would get on. He loves a good tip shop and comes home with all sorts of treasures which he then converts skilfully so I too come to believe they are a treasure. They don’t have too many books – the place we go to for them is the op shops.
      The fires have taken about 24 houses but thankfully no lives.
      That is a wonderful thing with your winter – the joys of returning birdsong and buds popping through greening the trees and the bulbs blooming are such a delight after a cold bare winter.
      Hope you have a good week D.


  3. Antoinette Truglio Martin says:

    I am so happy to hear that there are signs of spring somewhere. Have a great week.

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  4. NorCal Zen says:

    I’m sorry to hear about the fires. Fires are scary. I live in California, and fires are a constant threat during summer/fall. Right now not so much, we’ve had heavy rains, more than usual, for a couple weeks. I live in a valley. The surrounding mountains have lots of snow, and it’s beautiful to see the snow-covered peaks around us.

    You are absolutely right about the value of printing physical pictures. I still do it. It’s definitely not the same thing viewing them on a computer, or even on the TV. I think it’s sort of the same thing with books, and e-books. I only read “real” physical books. I love having beautiful books of subjects that interests me in my bookshelf. It makes me feel at home, and I like inviting the occasional visitor to see what I feed my soul with. The majority of my books are about gardening, local history, and horses. I enjoy to read novels based on historic events very much. Especially if it includes places I’ve been to. I like to have an image in my head of the area where the book take place. What kind of books do you like?

    Enjoy this beautiful day 🙂


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    • We heard about your dreadful wildfires over here. We lost around 24 houses yesterday but thankfully no lives were lost.
      Your mountains sound beautiful covered in snow.
      I’ve always felt that someone knows the real you by visiting your house and seeing what you read and items that adorn it. For many years I hated people I didn’t know coming because I didn’t want them knowing me that well. What books do I like – it is changing. As I no longer garden I no longer read gardening books. I like history and as a memoirist I read a lot of memoirs. I can’t say I like them all but I read them. I love anything that makes me think.
      I’ve had a lovely day. Hope yours is just a lovely. Cheers Irene.


  5. Sounds like a lovely week to me, Irene. I feel like all I do is work at the moment.

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