Weekend Coffee Share – 6th June, 2022.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

Let me offer you a warming tea, coffee or perhaps even a mug of hot chocolate. It’s freezing here, and it’s feeling like we’re down in the snow country, although I’m still able to move my fingers, so I shouldn’t be complaining too much. I’m just waiting to drive our daughter to school and filling in a few minutes, and I’m grateful for the warmth of Zac the dog on my lap who is no doubt reciprocating.

How was your week, and what did you get up to?

The highlight of my week was going to an art exhibition opening on Saturday afternoon at La Carta Art Gallery in Wyong, My friend’s teenaged daughter, TP, was among the exhibiting artists, which is what took me there. I love her work and it’s so good to see an artist in the making, and watch her insights and talent evolve. We rarely get that opportunity and usually only see the finished product, and by this stage, it’s usually well beyond our price range. During the week, I’d already seized the day, and had bought her charcoal sketch: The Cat. . It was funny because people seemed to assume I’m a cat person. However, as most of you know, we’re dog people here and have three lively dogs of our own. Besides, that wasn’t why I bought it. I thought the perspective was very clever and I loved the expression on the cat’s face and it’s huge, wide eyes. I wonder what it was looking at…

The Prayer – Lena Nimmo

Meanwhile, I also fell in love with the work of another artist, Lena Nimmo, who is more around my vintage. She had quite a number of paintings in the exhibition, including many people. Should I be calling these portraits? I don’t know. I was captivated by quite a number of them, especially a woman with dark hair and some kind of look in her eyes. I’m not an art critic. I just found the woman intriguing and was drawn in. I almost could’ve bought that painting, along another painting of a young woman playing the piano. Pianos have been such a part of our family life, but I have so many of my own photos and the same old problem of limited wall space. However, then I spotted a painting of a woman praying, The Prayer, which had been inspired by a 1914 work by Felice Casorati. To be honest, I much prefer Lena’s version. It’s absolutely exquisite, and I’m giving it to my mum. It was her birthday on Saturday, and she is a woman of faith who always starts the day by reading her Bible.

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By the way, I really enjoyed myself, and I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to immerse myself back in the art world again after being in lockdown and isolation for most of the last year, along with the year before. It gave me a bit of a jolt. This is what I’ve been missing out on. It inspired me to venture out further. Embrace more of living However, covid is still around, and it’s Winter and flu season here. I’m planning to get my fourth covid vax and the flu vax this week. Apparently, you can get them together which sounds practical, but I wonder how I’ll feel afterwards. Yet, there’s part of me that wouldn’t mind a few days in bed with a good book. One of the downsides of getting back to our so called “normal” is driving all over the place again. Some days I feel like a buzzing bee.

Over the weekend, I also submitted a 500 word short story into a Furious Fiction competition held by the Australian Writer’s Centre. I’m not sure quite what I can mention about my story online. However, I wrote about a family grappling with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. There are two sisters who find out they are carriers after Sally’s son is diagnosed at age four. Bridget has a daughter and because Duchenne’s is largely passed on to males, she’s okay but could be a carrier. The story is set just over a year after Sally’s son has died, and his massive electric wheelchair is still taking up most of their loungeroom, and they haven’t been able to part with it. I guess part of what I was looking at was that pressure to move on and what to hold onto and what to let go. As I worked on the story, I added in that he’d played boccia, which is a variation on bocce, which is played by severely disabled people, providing a sporting outlet. In my story, he’d been part of a fictional Australian team who’d won gold in Rio. In part, the story was inspired by Australian Paralympic gold medallist, Kurt Fearnley . I’ve heard him speak and he’s also written a very inspirational book Pushing the Limits: Life, Marathons & Kokoda. Many of you, would not be aware that following the birth of our 16 year old daughter, I was struck down by a muscle-wasting autoimmune disease, dermatomyositis, and spent eight weeks in hospital and rehab trying to get back on my feet. I was very debilitated, and to be perfectly honest with you, don’t know how I’m still here or how I’m doing so well these days. It’s a real testimony to the motto; “never give up”, because there were many times it was tempting, which at the same time, I fought like a bat out f hell to survive. I know that might sound contradictory, but that’s what it’s like with real emotions when the rubber hits the road. It’s tough. Of course, you’d rather be at the beach and chilling out. It is what it is, and I can’t describe the relief, especially now that the worst of covid has passed and we have a vaccine and anti-virals.

I also wanted to share my latest adventure via Google Earth. This time I checked out Windhoek in Namibia. Here’s the link: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2022/06/03/wandering-over-to-windhoek-namibia/

Well, that’s about enough from me for this week. However, I thought I’d share with you the link through to the past winners of the Furious Fiction competition because their stories have been published and the judges have also provided feedback, which is very helpful: https://www.writerscentre.com.au/blog/category/furious-fiction/

Anyway, this has been another contribution to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Natalie the Explorer: https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/

Best wishes,

Rowena

13 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 6th June, 2022.

  1. Rowena Post author

    It will be up in the gallery until the end of June, but am looking forward to giving it to her then.
    Have you seen that Max the dog passed away in March? I hadn’t twigged. So sad. I’ve been very fond of Max and Tom. Hope Tom starts another blog.

  2. Tails Around the Ranch

    Yes, had heard about Max. I was heartbroken as I’ve come to regard both he and Tom as good friends and certainly accomplished and entertaining bloggers. I periodically check in on him and need to post a new message to see how he and the AJF are holding up.

  3. Rowena Post author

    Me too. I’ve been chatting with them for years. They loved Max so much and he was such a part of their lives. That’s true of so most people and their dogs but I think blogging about your dog and doing all the photography takes it to another level.

  4. Julie

    I like the cat charcoal and I don’t even have a cat!

    I understand the “jolt” you speak of. I feel like I’ve been in a lull for the last two years with the pandemic and dealing with in-law matters — it’s like a fog and I realized I need to climb my way out. It’s nice to see that normal things are on their way back. Back then I would decline to attend stuff because I was burnt out at the time, but now I feel I should never turn down an invitation again.

  5. Rowena Post author

    In-law matters re super tough, and can really divide a couple and family. I’ve had no issues with my in-laws. In fact, I wouldn’t have minded some. My husband’s father died when he was 16, and his mum died just after we met. His brother also died before we met. Fortunately, he has two sisters but they’re a fair bit older. By the time, we got married, their kids were moving out. Then, over the last few years we’ve all been shut off from extended family with covid, lockdowns and isolation. It’s been tough, but improving.
    Hope your sistuation with the in-laws settles down soon.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  6. Natalie

    Rowena, I’m glad you had an enjoyable outing surrounded by artworks. All the best with your story. Thank you for your weekend coffee share.

  7. Desiree S. Brown

    That cat picture is amazing. The eyes captured my attention too!

    I also understand the need to explore after being cooped up for so long. I never would’ve thought I’d miss wondering on campus. Maybe I’d randomly go to the art gallery, horticulture area, or a secluded spot and feel so inspired to write. I miss small, private writing retreats like that.

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