Weekend Coffee Share 1st April 2018


Welcome. Keep your hat and sunglasses on. I’m taking you down to the river to the new place we have our morning coffee. The coffee is great and you know I love the river anytime. They have a full variety of beverages so whatever you drink you’ll be right.


© irene waters 2018


© irene waters 2018


© irene waters 2018

I told you it was good didn’t I.

Bundy is getting near the end. He sleeps all day and isn’t keeping many of his meals down. He won’t walk now although he gets very excited at the prospect of a car drive. When we get to the dog park he continues to lie on the seat so we leave him whilst we take Muffin for some ball throwing. We then drive down here for coffee. When we arrive Bundy is standing waiting to be lifted out of the car. He wants to come here so we think he is still enjoying at least parts of his life. After coffee he and Roger drive home and Muffin and I walk. Muffin hates being separated from Roger and Bundy and the first part of the walk is a combination of dragging and enticement with treats.


© irene waters 2018

Not a lot has been happening in my world of late. I eat, walk, sleep, read, dance, watch TV and of course write. The most exciting thing I did during the week was go for a bike ride. Now that doesn’t sound too exciting but when you haven’t ridden a bike with gears before and didn’t have a bike as a child and have reached an age where balance and nerves are not too buoyant then it becomes a big deal. A friend put me on a spare bike and I wobbled up the street with her holding it upright. After a few goes she let go and I wobbled up and back on my own. Mind you I couldn’t turn so I walked it around to take it the other direction. Eventually I was deemed safe enough to be taken on some back roads to an entry to a bike path that went around Lake Doonella. The only problem I had was when two bikes came by going in the other direction I immediately rode off the path into the bush. It will be a long time if ever before i risk being on a road. Still, I did it and I’m super proud of myself and I know I won’t laugh at old riders that have their bottoms padded in the future.

So that is about it for my week. Have you read any good books or seen any films that should be seen? Looking forward to seeing how your week has been. 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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27 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share 1st April 2018

  1. Wear a helmet? Riding a bike is like riding a motorcycle, you’ve got this. Head up, look where you want to go, not the bushes off the path. Ignore the gears, just find one you like for now.
    Bundy. You will continue do the right thing by him. You’ll want his last trip to the park to be a pleasant one. It’s a tough time of tough decisions. Poor Muffin may want a kitten or a puppy.
    The hat you had me keep on for the excursion to the river is yet my wool hat, along with a winter jacket with gloves stuffed into the pockets. Every other day there are at least flakes in the air, if not actual snow on the ground.It’s raw and windy. Somehow spring sneaks in anyway, daffodils are up and even in bloom in sheltered yards, birds are abundant, buds expand. Soon.
    Have a great week, and good luck with everything.

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    • Thanks D. I had no trouble riding a motor bike back in the days I did it. I wonder if I’d be the same now. The trouble with a pushbike is I can hardly reach the ground without cutting myself in two and trying to reach the brake with my fingers was not easy (for me). A helmet most definitely. I will continue to try though now I have made a start. I think it will be practice that gives me confidence or takes it away totally.
      Muffin will miss Bundy dreadfully. She has never known life without him being there and has only been left at home alone once. Saying that but also knowing she will relish being an only dog – she loves to get all the attention. Still – hoping for a few more weeks at least with Bundy.
      You would have been hot here in your woolly hat and jacket. At least you have the joy of seeing spring bloom.
      Have a good week D.


      • If you are serious about biking, shop around and talk “fit” with the bike shop folks. If it doesn’t fit well in any way it will be a turn off and will be less safe and obviously, uncomfortable. Simple seat or handlebar adjustments can make a big difference. The hand brakes can be adjusted somewhat. Or get a coaster brake bike. A good bike shop will let you try different styles and will know how to get you comfortable.

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      • Good advice that I’ll follow. Thanks D.


  2. ladyfi says:

    Looks idyllic down by the river. I can highly recommend Lisa Wingate’s book: Before we were yours.

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  3. trentpmcd says:

    I hope you can get out on the bike a little more. As they say, once you learn…. I used to do a lot of bicycling, but really don’t much any more. Some day I hope to get back into it.

    Sorry to hear that Bundy is having a hard time. That is the problem with dogs – they have much shorter life spans.

    Thanks for coffee at the new place by the river. I hope your week coming up is good.

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  4. Antoinette Truglio Martin says:

    there is something about being near or on a body of water that is so grounding. Lovely.

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  5. Kathleen Howell says:

    Excellent place for coffee!! Thank you! I’m sorry to hear about Bundy. How cool about your bike! I’ve been kicking around getting a few for us, especially to take camping. Have a great week!

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  6. NorCal Zen says:

    What a lovely place!! Thanks you for the coffee, and the view. I love rivers 🙂 It was absolutely wonderful, so peaceful, and serene. Thank you so much!

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  7. Colline says:

    What a beautiful place to have a coffee.

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  8. Bundy has lots of love from you and Roger, that’s most important and he’s letting you know that he still enjoys being with his family.

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  9. Corina says:

    I have wanted to get a bike so I can get some exercise but, like you, I haven’t been in one in ages. The last time read my sophomore year in college so about 1976. Them my bike was stolen and never replaced. I think I would be so wobbly that I would scare myself to death.

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  10. It sounds like a lovely, restful week to me, Irene. I am sorry about your aged dog.

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