The Sunshine Award


What a nice way to start the day. Again Don Charisma has honoured me with this sunny award. If you are one of the few people who don’t know him he believes that “life has three rules: Paradox, Humor and  Change.” This is what you’ll find on his site which is seen at

Directions for you to accept the Sunshine Award

To accept this award, the awardee must do the following:

  1. Display the Award on your Blog.
  2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
  3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award – “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
  4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
  5. Write 10 interesting things about you

Ten Interesting Things About Me

1. Most of my writing is about my life but when it comes to saying ten interesting things about Me I am totally stuck for words. I’m not that interesting – so what on earth do I write about?

2 Since joining the blogging community I have discovered that I really enjoy reading poetry, something I have not done since high school and I won’t say how long ago that was. (I can still remember Kenneth Slessor’s Five Bells from those days though.) Poetry would have been a passion then if we had studied poems such as those seen on

3. I have an irrational fear of the combination of speed, heights and cliffs.

4. I can be fanatical. In fact anything I do tends to be fanatical. When it stops being fanatical I usually stop doing it.

5. Things I used to be fanatical about –  vegan, vegetarian, organic, gardening, fish (aquariums), bonsai.

6. Things I have been fanatical about for a long long time –  writing, reading, learning, dancing, photography

7. Things I have newly become fanatical about – blogging

8. My great grandfather was a bigamist (only found this out at Christmas)

9. I enjoy parlour games

10. I don’t wear jewellery or makeup.

My Nominees in no particular order

Images that can be used

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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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12 Responses to The Sunshine Award

  1. suzjones says:

    Thank you so much 🙂
    I will look at doing some award posts later next week. 🙂


  2. That’s lovely, and very well deserved in my opinion. Well done you


  3. Sherri says:

    Very well deserved Irene, you do bring so much sunshine here in the blogosphere 🙂


  4. doncharisma says:

    Congrats, warm regards DC


  5. Pingback: SUNSHINE AWARD: Nomination by Don Charisma | HalfEatenMind

  6. Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon says:…iairene-waters/ Coming to say THANK YOU for this beautiful award! Have a Bright Sunny Week Irene!
    Hugs & Blessings, *Author Catherine Lyon* 🙂 🙂


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