Weekend Coffee Share – 11th July, 2022

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

Well, t feels like I’ve been lost in space lately. However, I enrolled in a Freelance Writing Course at the Australian Writers’ Centre a few weeks ago and I’ve been head down bum up reading magazines and writing bibs and bobs. Well, this week which is rapidly turning into last week, we had to interview one of our fellow students and write a 500 word profile. Just to make it extra tricky, they get us to undertake this exercise BEFORE we’ve learned about writing profiles. There’s apparently motive for their madness and they’ve found over time that this works best. Anyway, the idea was that they emailed us through the name and contact email of our person last Monday. However, I don’t know what was wrong with me, but I couldn’t find the email and contacted them on Thursday and I didn’t recognise the name in the email and didn’t hear back from her for a few days. Meanwhile, another student had their person fall through and so we profiled each other. Then, my person turns up. She lives in rural Norway about an hour’s drive North of Oslo and the idea of getting to know someone from Norway better was too tempting. So, we ended up profiling each other too. It was a very interesting exercise and I ended up capturing pages and pages of information on each of them. While that was great in theory and certainly far better than being stuck for words, it was quite daunting. After all, we didn’t know each other. All we know is that we write. My thinking was to go broad so if there was a good story there, I’d collect it. However, the obvious thing to look at was why they’d enrolled in the course and why they write.

What really came out of it, was that the three of us are juggling a lot of different things as well as our writing but naturally feel very drawn to writing as our thing and have varying degrees of faith that we can do it. Being so busy, it’s easy to feel that we’re procrastinating about our writing or letting it slide. However, there are only so many hours in the day. I am quite fortunate that I’m not trying to do this course while holding down a full time job, while also having the family to consider. I can largely put my heart and soul into it, and I am very grateful to Geoff for that luxury. He’s been working flat out lately.

The weather has been dreadful again here and it’s been absolutely pouring with rain. To be honest with you, it’s been getting me down. Rather down. We’re just not used to this weather even though it has moved in and well and truly over stayed its welcome much of this year. However, I need to be grateful. We are not flooded. We are not being flooded for the second or third time in 12 months. I have a warm dog on my lap who doesn’t mind having the keyboard slapped on top of him and is absolutely gorgeous.

Anyway, I did manage to get out for a drive to Putty Beach about 20 minutes drive away from here. I stopped off at a nursery on the way and bought two rose bushes: a pink Queen Elizabeth rose and a yellow fragrant rose. They’re to represent my mum and dad. They’re still in the land of the living but I guess I’m feeling their absence because we haven’t seen much of them over the last two years since covid came along. I also bought an Australian native called a Golden Gem and a few primulas. When I arrived hom with my stash, our son said: “You’ve bought more plants to kill, have you?” Deary me! Oh son of little faith!

The beach itself was showing the signs of all the heavy rains and flooding. I don’t know what this beach looks like normally but it had a few estuaries running through it, which might not be there normally. There were a lot of fallen trees around and a massive tree floating just off the beach and a few logs rolling around in the surf. There was also a lot of spume in the water. This is the excess foam which whirls up in storms and t’s a bit like foamy whipped cream.

However, what particularly interested me were the various structures made out of sticks which dotted the beach. These were very well constructed and I was very impressed and wondered who’d made them. There was even a cubby house built into the side of one of the estuaries and I just love it. They’d even managed to get a chair and table inside, and the whole set up showed impressive ingenuity and creativity. There was also a well-constructed tent.

Last week, I also went to see Aladdin the Musical at Laycock Street Theatre in Gosford. It was fabulous and a family friend of ours played the Genie and did a fabulous job. She was hilarious. It’s the first time she’s been able to perform in a musical for two years due to covid, which is really rough so she was really excited to perform.

Lastly, I’d like to mention an exhibition coming up at the Beinart Gallery in Melbourne Annie Montgomerie: Fitting In It’s amazing and I encourage you to click through and check out the portrait of her socially awkward creations gathered together as diverse community. I love them, and am feeling very tempted to jump on a plane to check them out.

Well, on that note, I’m heading to bed.

Best wishes,

Rowena

8 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 11th July, 2022

  1. Dan Antion

    I love the photos from the beach. I also like the idea of a dog that works with you as you type. I hope the rain eases up and you get to see some sunshine.

  2. Rowena Post author

    Thanks so much, Dan. My dog is so funny. He’s not a small dog but he curls up on my lap under the keyboard like he’s part of me. My chair is a manual recliner and he knows to stand back and wait for it to pop out before he climbs up. He knows all my routine movements and anticipates me in ways I don’t even know myself. We have two other dogs and Lady hops up more during Winter and Zac looks mighty lost and displaced and tried to squeeze up s well at times. Or, if she hops down, he’s quick to make a move and take her spot. Rosie tends to have the bed or Geoff’s lap, although she s very anti-social and just goes and sits by herself somewhere. It’s funny they each have their own idiosyncratic personalities. Do you have any pets?
    BTW I just dropped my daughter at the dance studio and some massive clouds are brewing off the coast. The kind I love to photograph but I’ve got caught out before including getting caught in a hail storm.

  3. leannelc

    Wow typing with a dog on your lap would be even trickier than doing it with a cat parked there. The Annie Montgomerie animals were exceedingly cute in a weird other-worldy kind of way. Sorry it’s been raining so much – hope you get some sunshine soon.

  4. Dan Antion

    We have two cats. We lost our dog about a month ago. She knew every aspect of our routine, and made resell part of it. We are still having trouble adjusting to life without her. Give your dogs an extra hug for me.

  5. Marsha

    Lovely post, Rowena. I’m amazed that you have any time to write. I took a course from the AWC with a blogger friend of mine on writing children’s stories. It was very interesting, but I wasn’t very good at showing. The three hundred word limit didn’t help either! LOL My cats and my dog take turns on my lap. Actually I put a bed on the table we use for a desk so the cat will go there instead of lying right on the keyboard. He loves to touch the screen when I’m processing and posting pictures or reading someone’s blog that has pictures. He doesn’t realize that he’s often leaving little messages that I then have to find and erase before I press “post.”

  6. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Rowena,
    Okay, your class does sound like fun. I still worry about it being a journalism class but that may be only because what passes for journalism in the US is such a mess. These days, it’s just too much work to fine real news and all too easy to find propaganda trying to pass as news.
    You’re a good and honest writer – that I know and trust.

  7. Tails Around the Ranch

    Have been keeping an eye out for stories about the Australia floods, so tragic, so wild. Here in the mountain high desert, we are broiling under a heat dome with temps in the triple digits but mercifully with low humidity.

    How fun you were able to make a friend in Norway. Brava, you! Have a super week and stay safe. Keep smiling through it all.

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