Weekend Coffee Share 16th December 2018


© irene waters 2018

Come on in and pull up a seat. You braved the weather to get to me today. We have a cyclone to the north and bad weather to the south with rains bringing servere flooding. I think we are possibly in the best of spots as we are having a grey day, showers but nothing more – as yet – and fingers crossed.

What have I got to tell you about my last week. Naturally I was focussing on my book, Nightmare in Paradise, and as I have nothing to base my results on I’ve decided that I will be happy with how it is going. No Amazon reviews as yet but I have had some response from facebook with one person saying she can’t wait to read the sequel, another who said her husband enjoyed it and thought it was well written and another whose parents have thoroughly enjoyed it and she looks forward to reading it herself.

As Christmas draws ever nearer and the parties are in full swing my thoughts go to Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all men so when I saw this the other day I had to photograph it. Whatever our differences let us coexist in peace.

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Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Let There Be Peace on Earth
The peace that was meant to be
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With ev’ry step I take
Let this be my solemn vow
To take each moment and live
Each moment in peace eternally
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Let There Be Peace on Earth lyrics © Mccg LLC
Our local carols are on Wednesday just around the corner from our new house. If it isn’t raining I’ll go but I doubt that they will be singing this carol that I also saw this week.
Whereever you are and whatever you believe I wish you the very best of this holiday season and I hope if you are feeling down that someone extends a hand of friendship to you. Mine is extended sending out cyber hugs to one and all.
My brother arrives from Switzerland this week which is giving my mother something to really look forward to, (and me as well). I’m not getting caught up in shopping. We all have whatever it is we want so as a friend pointed out a couple of years ago – Time is the most important thing that we can give. I’m going to be giving a lot of it this year.
We finished our last book club book for the year this week. My choice – Randoph Stow’s Merry-Go- Round in the Sea. I will review it probably this coming week. Next year we are going to try a different system of picking books. In January everyone will draw a genre out of a hat and will then choose a book of that type as their choice. I know that I have been given poetry (everyone has asked me to swap with them should they pull poetry from the hat)  and I am going to choose We come apart. A prose poetry novel that I reviewed in July. I thought it was excellent.

Now I think I have taken enough of your time –  over to you. 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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15 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share 16th December 2018

  1. Thank you, Irene.

    I like your idea for book group and am going to suggest it at ours.

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  2. It’s true that for so many this season of good will brings no comfort at all. Still, I wish you and your family much joy and happiness, and especially hope you have a wonderful visit with your brother.

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  3. Love the coexist sign and your thoughts around time, a lovely perspective to start the day with. Enjoy the carols if you make it. We have our school show to look forward to.

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  4. trentpmcd says:

    I guess I have the answer to my question here 🙂 I hope you have a great visit with your brother and a merry Christmas.

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  5. I really enjoy your coffee shares with your readers. And congratulations on completing a book—no easy feat! I have taken time off from my reading club in order to write. You are right—time is the most important commodity we have right now! I’m trying to make the most of mine!


    • I love sharing coffee with you also Diane. My thoughts are with you at your stage in the writing. Although I now think that is probably the easiest part it is also the loneliest part as you have to block out the outside world to really move on your writing. I’ll look forward to hearing you have completed your manuscript.


  6. Sagittarius Viking says:

    A very Merry Christmas to you Irene! I hope you’re having a wonderful time with your family. time is truly our most precious asset.


  7. Charli Mills says:

    Love the inclusive holiday wishes for a world that needs to feel connected. I’m glad you are tucked in between the points of severe weather.

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