April 2019 Issue Available Now

The April 2019 Issue of Coochie Island News is available online now! See link below. The printed newspaper will be distributed during Friday 5 April to our usual outlets!  See below for a list of outlets. If you arrive before the paper does please be patient with us – we have a growing list of outlets – we’ll be delivering on Coochie on Friday morning then delivering to mainland outlets during the rest of the day.

Thank you to our generous sponsor Bay Island Transport and our wonderful advertisers for together making publication of this issue possible! Please support our sponsor and the businesses advertising in this issue and let them know when you contact them you saw them in the Coochie Island News! They want to know, and their support is important for Coochie Island News to continue.

Download your copy of the Coochie Island News – April issue here:

Coochie Island News April 2019 ONLINE

If you prefer reading your news online, subscribe to this blog for free, and get each new issue delivered direct to your email inbox!

If you prefer reading your news in hard copy, you can find Coochie Island News at:-

Coochiemudlo Island Outlets

  • Curlew Cafe, Coochiemudlo Island
  • Oasis on Coochiemudlo, Coochiemudlo Island
  • Red Rock Cafe, Coochiemudlo Island

Brisbane Outlets

  • Lucky Charm Newsagency, Victoria Point
  • Town Centre News Newsagency, Victoria Point
  • Victoria Point News, Pelican’s Nest, Victoria Point
  • Victoria Point Kiosk Rock n Roll Cafe
  • Expresso Bar Cafe, Victoria Point
  • Pasta Al Dente, Capalaba
  • The Vintage Apron, Capalaba
  • Coffee Club Cafe, Capalaba Park
  • Folio Books – Brisbane CBD

Be quick! This paper is popular!

May Issue Deadline 15 April 2019

For enquiries about contributing or advertising in the May issue please email smallislandstories@gmail.com or phone 0407 664 159. Or you can use this contact form.

The deadline is 15 April 2019 for inclusion in the May issue. Please have your ad copy and images prepared and sent to smallislandstories@gmail by that date.

Any questions, just ask! Thanks for your support!

March 2019 Issue Available Now

The March 2019 Issue of Coochie Island News is available online now! See link below. The printed newspaper will be distributed during Friday 8th March to our usual outlets!  See below for a list of outlets. If you arrive before the paper does please be patient with us – we have a growing list of outlets – we’ll be delivering on Coochie on Friday morning then delivering to mainland outlets during the rest of the day.

Thank you to our generous sponsor Bay Island Transport and our wonderful advertisers for together making publication of this issue possible! Please support our sponsor and the businesses advertising in this issue and let them know when you contact them you saw them in the Coochie Island News! They want to know, and their support is important for Coochie Island News to continue.

Download your copy of the Coochie Island News – March issue here:

Coochie Island News March 2019 – Online

If you prefer reading your news online, subscribe to this blog for free, and get each new issue delivered direct to your email inbox!

If you prefer reading your news in hard copy, you can find Coochie Island News at:-

Coochiemudlo Island Outlets

  • Curlew Cafe, Coochiemudlo Island
  • Oasis on Coochiemudlo, Coochiemudlo Island
  • Red Rock Cafe, Coochiemudlo Island
  • Seminara Apartments, Coochiemudlo Island

Brisbane Outlets

  • Lucky Charm Newsagency, Victoria Point
  • Town Centre News Newsagency, Victoria Point
  • Victoria Point News, Pelican’s Nest, Victoria Point
  • Victoria Point Kiosk Rock n Roll Cafe
  • Expresso Bar Cafe, Victoria Point
  • Pasta Al Dente, Capalaba
  • The Vintage Apron, Capalaba
  • Coffee Club Cafe, Capalaba Park
  • Folio Books – Brisbane CBD

Be quick! This paper is popular!

April Issue Deadline 15 March 2019

For enquiries about contributing or advertising in the April issue please email smallislandstories@gmail.com or phone 0407 664 159. Or you can use this contact form.

The deadline is 15 March 2019 for inclusion in the April issue. Please have your ad copy and images prepared and sent to smallislandstories@gmail by that date.

Any questions, just ask! Thanks for your support!

March Issue Coming Soon

The March Issue of Coochie Island News will be available online and in hard copy on Friday 8th March!

If you prefer reading your news online, subscribe to this blog for free, and get the March issue delivered direct to your email inbox!

If you prefer reading your news in hard copy, you can find Coochie Island News from 8th March at:-

Coochiemudlo Island Outlets

  • Curlew Cafe, Coochiemudlo Island
  • Oasis on Coochiemudlo, Coochiemudlo Island
  • Red Rock Cafe, Coochiemudlo Island
  • Seminara Apartments, Coochiemudlo Island

Brisbane Outlets

  • Lucky Charm Newsagency, Victoria Point
  • Town Centre News Newsagency, Victoria Point
  • Victoria Point News, Pelican’s Nest, Victoria Point
  • Victoria Point Kiosk Rock n Roll Cafe
  • Expresso Bar Cafe, Victoria Point
  • Pasta Al Dente, Capalaba
  • The Vintage Apron, Capalaba
  • Coffee Club Cafe, Capalaba Park
  • Folio Books – Brisbane CBD

Be quick! This paper is popular!

Coochie Island News Available Now!

The first issue of Coochie Island News is SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED and available at island and mainland outlets as listed below and by clicking this link:-

Coochie Island News February 2019-Online

Big thanks to the Coochiemudlo community for your support and community groups for sharing your news.  Thank you to Darren and Louise Gearing of Bay Island Transport for sponsoring this publication and thank you to all advertisers who made publishing possible, especially Coochie Contractors and Catherine Goldwater of LJ Hooker Cleveland for taking 12 months worth of ads! Very grateful!

Please support these businesses – buy and shop local!   If your local outlet has run out of Coochie Island News please let me know so I can replenish it. Thanks for your support!

Coochiemudlo Island Outlets

  • Curlew Cafe, Coochiemudlo Island
  • Oasis on Coochiemudlo, Coochiemudlo Island
  • Red Rock Cafe, Coochiemudlo Island
  • Seminara Apartments, Coochiemudlo Island

Brisbane Outlets

  • Lucky Charm Newsagency, Victoria Point
  • Pasta Al Dente, Capalaba
  • Town Centre News Newsagency, Victoria Point
  • Victoria Point News, Pelican’s Nest, Victoria Point
  • Expresso Bar Cafe, Victoria Point
  • Victoria Point Kiosk Rock n Roll Cafe
  • The Vintage Apron, Capalaba
  • Folio Books – Brisbane CBD (available from afternoon of Friday 8th February)

To receive your colour copy of Coochie Island News each month into your email inbox, click ‘Follow’ to subscribe at https://smallislandstories.com/coochieislandnews/

 

New mainland outlet stocking Coochie Island News

Very grateful to Erika, proprietor of Pasta Al Dente in Capalaba (where I eat my lunch on my mainland work days)… Erika’s cafe provides me with awesome coffee, gorgeous pasta lunches and they are a fresh pasta manufacturer too! … and today Erika agreed to stock Coochie Island Views alongside the high end magazines available for customers popping in for coffee, lunch and takeaways! Super grateful!

Great exposure for our island creatives and businesses and letting people know about our beautiful island lifestyle and community.

Coochie Island News Deadline – February Issue

I’m working hard with Cath on the first issue of Coochie Island News and talking with wonderful Coochiemudlo people and businesses about how we can share their news and events! Getting exciting! First issue out early February.

We’ll have updates from island community groups and we now have a fishing report on a regular basis, hurrah! We’ll be interviewing island residents with February and March spots already booked up!

*Deadline* for articles, photos, poems, and advertising is 18 January. Send to smallislandstories@gmail.com or phone editor 0407 664 159.

Be quick! Slots are filling fast!

Very grateful for your support 🙏💕🏝

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Weekend – Small Island Style

Barefoot I wander along a familiar crescent of sand. There’s noone else around. The air is warm, the waves lapping calmly on this windless day and above is our wide blue Australian sky.

I lay my striped beach towel under a tree providing dappled shade, and line my towel up so my head will be in the shade and my body in the warm Queensland sun. As I read, an eagle hovers above the tree and wafts off again, spreadeagled in the blue.

I lie there listening to the tweets, songs, screeches, choral choruses and mating calls of birds, hearing the subtle crackle and clicks of the little creatures in the mud left by the outgoing tide. I’m always struck by the raw natural beauty of my island as I read by the sea basking in light.

A chorus of kookaburras have started up outside my window as I write this. I am very grateful for this wonderful life.

 

 

 

 

 

Women weaving magic

Last Sunday a friend invited me to her weaving workshop. After my Sunday sleep in I wandered to her street and opened her gate. Her yard is not grass, it’s a ramblers heaven with a bark strewn winding path that takes me past a chook house to her door.

I spot her wild pineapples growing. Amazing sculptural plants – she just puts the heads of pineapples when she is finished with eating them, in the garden, no drama or big deal just places them in some dirt and look what grows! Amazing. I am going to try this at home.

Upstairs in my friend’s cottage I join a small group of women in a gentle space used only for weaving and yoga classes. Over coffee we’re coached in wrangling and weaving island vines and found objects into baskets of wild beauty.

I find it hard to understand the weaving technique from my friend’s demonstration because I learn by doing. My middle aged eyes in my reading glasses (ready for my close up weaving work) are also struggling in the low lit room to see what her fast fingers are doing. Yet with a bit of coaching from the women I pick it up, and begin weaving vine through the ribs of my basket.

It strikes me later that the process of building the frame or ribs of the basket and then consciously, carefully weaving it’s body into place, is somewhat like what I am attempting to do as a childless single woman. I am trying to consciously create a life for myself out of the bare bones of my life (work, home, repeat), in a way that women with children do not seem to have to do. They seem to work, go home, repeat but also have a rich textured deeply layered family life that softens and comforts and adds flesh to their bare bones. At least that is how it seems when viewed from the outside. My existence seems thinner. Barer somehow. Like I am more ribs or bones than soft skin, breath and tender textures. We childless ones have to very consciously weave magic into the bones of our lives just as I am weaving this vine onto the ribs of my basket. I am consciously, carefully, as I weave, as I live, making adjustments when plans don’t work out, taking beauty where I find it and finding ways to fill the gaps.

We pause for a hearty lunch of potato and leek soup with pumpkin bread, then continue our alchemy.

My basket is weaved from cat’s claw growing wild on my island and an old orange fishing net crusted with shells and coral.  Lilybelle my island cat thinks it will make a very cosy cat bed!

 

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