A Man of Many Talents

Meeting an old girl friend is always fun. We have known each other since we started our nursing training together when we were still in our teens. An added advantage of our move to Qld was that my girlfriend and I were once again in lunching distance of each other. This we vowed to do at least once a month and this month’s rendezvous was at the Eumundi Markets.

These markets are the biggest markets in the Southern Hemisphere and with the weather perfect and school holidays happening the place was teeming with people. I was lucky to get a park and I headed through the old covered market to the large fig we had chosen as our meeting place. To my horror I discovered that there was more than one large tree and a board walk had been built since my last visit to protect the trees from the hundreds of people who trampled the ground around them, climbed them and were photographed on them. Myself included as you can see from the photo below.

Glenda, David & Irene

So which of the several trees I had to meet her at I had no idea. Whilst wandering the boardwalk some music across the street drew me toward it. Like a puppet on a string I was pulled to its source, ignoring my girlfriend’s gestures to hop in the car as she had driven past as I crossed.

Not only did I enjoy the music  but the antics of the upfront men had me laughing and my toes tapping all at once.

Naturally I just had to see what was behind the scenes. What a talent. To be able to play the guitar and harmonica, sing as well as making his dogs wow the audience. Simply amazing. I could have stayed there all day but I really had to meet my girlfriend. A quick phone call and we were soon together over a cup of coffee and  a french pastry.


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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5 Responses to A Man of Many Talents

  1. xbox2121 says:

    I got a kick out of both of the videos you posted 🙂


  2. Meeting old friends is always such a pleasure


  3. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: The Green Room | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)

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