Many thanks for two awards

blogging-award3-2Firstly I want to thank Luccia Gray  from Rereading Jane Eyre for nominating me for the very inspiring blogger award. A huge honour from someone who is inspiring themselves (which was obviously why she was awarded this trophy herself. Luccia loves everything to do with Victorian England and her blog started out looking at this fascinating time. She was soon caught up however in the world of blogging, interacting with other bloggers, joining in the photo challenges, blog hops, writing challenges, poetry, writing 101 and so much more. If you don’t know Luccia drop by, you’ll be delighted and she will be welcoming as she truly is a very inspiring blogger.

These are some ‘rules’ that go along with being a nominee. I will share them now and then follow suit immediately after:

1. Thank and link the amazing person(s) who nominated you. (DONE)
2. List the rules and display the award. (DONE)
3. Share seven facts about yourself. (BELOW)
4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs (DONE) and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. (DONE)
5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you. (DONE)

Seven Facts About Me: Difficult to come up with facts you don’t already know so here I am going to give my answers to the next award that I am accepting which is the

liebsterawardLiebster Award kindly awarded me by Geoff LePard at TanGental. If you don’t know Geoff drop by and have a read. His writing I find most enjoyable to read and there is always something in each of them that I just have to make a comment about, something that pings. Thanks Geoff.

The rules for the Liebster


1) you should post the badge on your blog, (2) thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog. In this case you should (3) answer the questions proposed and (4) write 10 questions for those you nominate to answer in turn.

So here are my answers to the questions which are also serving as the seven facts about myself

1. If you find yourself in the condemned man’s (woman’s) cell, what is your last meal?

I would request a huge hot colourful curry as that is probably my all time favourite meal followed by mulberry pie and ice cream. I would hope that the final outcome as my sphincters relax as the procedure is carried out that my demise will be as unpleasant for the executioner as it is for myself.

2. What music would you choose to be played at your funeral?

This one is easy as it is already picked. As I slide into the furnace it will be to the tune of I see her everywhere, everywhere I go There she goes there she goes.

3. If you had the choice of our next Prime Minister (or President or Potentate or minor deity, depending where you are and who you are ruled by) who, from anyone living, would you choose and why?

Tanya Plibersek – she is an impressive woman and in her roles to date has shown that she not only works hard but is an achiever. She is more likely to be compassionate to refugees given her parents refugee status and she is much more likely to take action on climate change. Health is definitely an interest.

“To understand Tanya Plibersek, says her husband, you have to understand her relationship to Jane Austen. To say she is a fan is like saying the sky is blue. Elinor Dashwood, the heroine of Sense and Sensibility, is Plibersek’s favourite character: “I admire her ability to carry on despite her sadness and loss,” she says. Austen provides “insights, advice and cautions for a young lady legislator”, she told the Jane Austen Society of Australia in Sydney in 2007. “I thank Jane Austen for the merciful release from melodrama she has provided in Elinor: for demonstrating that strong feelings need not be on constant display.” (I had to put this bit in for Luccia).

Read more:

She speaks well  and possibly most importantly she is not a lawyer. (sorry Geoff).

4. When you are driving what irritates you most in other drivers/road users. If you don’t drive, move on.

We have a lot of roundabouts where I live and I find it really annoying that people don’t indicate correctly as to what their plans for exit are. Plus it is dangerous also.

5. Do you prefer first or third person books and why?

I have just read a third person book and found it most annoying. I could not work out who the narrator was and became sick of she, she, she. It doesn’t normally bother me but this really rankled. As a memoirist I would have to say first person but in reality I don’t care as it is ultimately the story and the writing which matter to me.

6. Imagine you had to lose a sense: which one and why?

If I had to lose a sense at this time in my life I would definitely chose to lose my sense of smell. Although I delight in the unexpected beautiful smell of a flower or scent I would probably miss this sense the least. If it was between sight and hearing I would choose to retain hearing as having seen things I could now imagine from description what a scene looked like. To lose hearing isolates you from the world and there is nothing I like better than to be debating some point or other. I enjoy my food too much to want to lose my taste and it is also nice to have the sensations you have with touch. So definitely in answer to this question the smell goes.

7. Do you believe freedom of speech is an absolute or conditioned right, and if conditioned what principle limitations? If this offends you to answer, move on.

I do believe in Freedom of speech and I am loathe to temper it by saying it should be a conditioned right. At one point in time people took responsibility for what they said and tended not to exceed unwritten limits thereby not hurting people and inciting extreme responses by emotive reporting. If people could censure themselves I would say no conditions attached. If conditions were to be attached it would be to limit speech to what was in the public interest to know and not delve into innocent private lives.

8. If you had your time again what put down or response would you like to have made but didn’t think of it in time?

I have to admit this has me stumped. I don’t bother remembering things like this. To remember is to harbour unhappy feelings and what is the point.

9. What’s your funniest funny in under thirty words?

Why did the chicken cross the internet?

To get to another site.

10. What is your favourite cartoon/graphic book/novel? Mine is Tintin (The Secret of the Unicorn/Red Rackham’s treasure double bill).

Eloise in Moscow by Kay Thompson. I have always wondered where my copy went as I loved that book. Sadly it is gone as it would now have fetched over $1000 US dollars if I were to sell it which I wouldn’t.

My fifteen recipients for the very inspiring blogger award

Christine R

Paula Reed Nancarrow


The Reading Girl



My Life Lived Full

Wandering Iris

Ben Garrido

Psychosomatically in love

Cheryl Wright


Shh Can’t you see I’m writing


better not broken


My ten recipients for the Liebster award

Drew Delaney

Celia Fitzgerald

Its Always to early to quit

Gaby Bennett

Lydia Devadason

create this simple

Las Mariposas Muertas

Nicholas Rossis



The ten question for my Liebster recipients to answer:

1. What are you passionate about and why

2. Which is your favourite book from childhood.

3.How would you describe the way you normally dress

4. What is your favourite holiday destination and why

5. Is there a city that has changed you in some way and why

6. What advice woudl you give to your younger self (fun, fictional or factual)

7. What makes you smile

8. Are you a planner or are you spontaneous

9. What is the hardest thing you have ever had to do in your life

10. When did you start blogging and why. Has your purpose changed since you started.


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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9 Responses to Many thanks for two awards

  1. Livonne says:

    Thank you for the nomination Irene 🙂


  2. Sherri says:

    Many congratulations on more very well deserved awards Irene…you truly are one very inspirational blogger 🙂 Cheers to you my friend ❤


  3. Norah says:

    Congratulations Irene, on your two well-deserved awards! 🙂


  4. ChristineR says:

    Very, very kind of you to nominate me Irene! Congratulations to you on your two awards.


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