Thinking of them

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As New South Wales faces the worst bushfires in over a decade with over 200 homes burnt to the ground and countless others damaged, animals left injured and homeless, our rural fire service exhausted but carrying on. In Qld where I live, so far we have been spared but our hearts go out to those affected. At my Mum’s retirement village the walkers and the motorised scooters lined up for their users to sit and enjoy the entertainment rendered by the retirement village choir. Donations were given  generously for the victims of the last few days. As the last song was sung the tears flowed as the elderly audience joined in the chorous singing “I am, you are, we are Australia.”

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photos thanks to  Newcastle Herald, Donna Langdon and unknown (from Facebook)

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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