Sunday Stills: The Next Challenge : The Rainbow connection

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

(2 photos) Ed’s challenge instructions this week said it would be an archive photo for obvious reasons when his prompt was the rainbow connection. On scrolling through my huge archive could I come across the one photo of a rainbow that I knew that I had taken. Yes, you’ve got it in one I didn’t …or at least I didn’t before I came across this rainbow of colour taken at one of the many circumcision ceremonies I attended on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu.

In August, September and October the ceremonies are held to welcome the 3 to 8-year-old boys back from the bush where they have been kept for around three months following an extremely painful circumcision performed by the clever using a piece of sharpened wild cane. A whole chapter is devoted to this ceremony in my book Nightmare in Paradise which will be out soon. (I hope)

You can see why I immediately thought ‘rainbow’ when I saw these photos in my archive.

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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4 Responses to Sunday Stills: The Next Challenge : The Rainbow connection

  1. Wow.

    I hope Nightmare in Paradise will be out soon, too.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Charli Mills says:

    So colorful and rainbow-like!


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