Jinks and Japes : Bite Size Memoir Number 2

This topic I have found particularly difficult as the terms are not ones I have knowledge of although Lisa has translated them for us as  “Jinks: Childish, playful, often noisy and rowdy activities, usually involving mischievous pranks.
Japes: Tricks or practical jokes or even perhaps, gags or shenanigans.” Sadly I am having trouble thinking of my own jinks and japes so I am going to recount one of my Father’s from the 1930’s which I used to love hearing him tell when I was a child.

photo curtesy arabber preservation society

photo curtesy arabber preservation society

Once a week the green grocer would come with his horse and cart down the street selling vegies. He was always with Auntie Annie a long time as he would go and look at her vegie garden and they would exchange vegies with each other. One day whilst they were down the back we took the cart off the horse and pushed it inside the fence, shut the gate, pushed the shaft through the closed gate and re-harnessed the horse to it. We hid and as we hadn’t been around when he arrived they were scratching their heads trying to work out how it had happened.




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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7 Responses to Jinks and Japes : Bite Size Memoir Number 2

  1. What a perfect jape!


  2. Lisa Reiter says:

    Fab! All the more amusing as we don’t get the same opportunity with a white van, do we?
    Thanks for playing Irene. A lovely hint at history


  3. Sherri says:

    HaHa! Love it, what a wonderful jape this was 🙂


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