Silent Sunday: Out for a walk

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

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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11 Responses to Silent Sunday: Out for a walk

  1. noelleg44 says:

    Oh my goodness, what the heck is it?

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    • It is a lace monitor. We call them commonly goannas. You may have heard of them as aboriginal food. They can grow to 2.1 metres long and weigh up to 20kgs. This fellow was much smaller than that but I have seen large ones and they are pretty impressive.

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      • noelleg44 says:

        Magnificent lizard! Are they dangerous? Aggressive?


      • They’ll bite when cornered but would prefer to skooot up a tree rather than confront you. When they get going they can really move. The bite has always been reported to be recurring for years after the event (don’t know the truth of this) and they always become infected initially. I read a report that they have now found that it has a venemous bite and they are now saying the infective reaction is now an envenemation reaction. Not fatal though and I love seeing them in the wild. There were some living at a truck stop we used to have a prawn sandwich at and they were huge. I always felt as though I was eating in Jurassic Park.


  2. bkpyett says:

    What a lovely goanna! My grandmother had a blue tongued lizard/ goanna in her garden when we were kids, and they are wonderful. We believed it kept the snakes away, don’t know whether that is true, but we believed it did!


  3. M-R says:

    Ker-ikey, Irene ! That’s almost the size of a bloody MONITOR ! Or is it just that I’m not used to seeing lizards that stand up on their legs like that ?
    A beauty, m’dear ! 🙂


  4. Sherri says:

    Wow…definitely not something we would see taking a walk in the English countryside. Love it!

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