Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone but not forgotten

 

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

(5 photos) The dinosaur first appeared in the triassic period 231 million years ago and became the predominate creature roaming the earth during the Jurassic period. A mass extinction event occurred causing their extinction around 66 million years ago. They are gone but not forgotten. My nephew at four could recount a lot of the dinosaur names and facts about the period they lived. I was impressed. I could probably have said maybe ten of the three thousand four hundred that existed but his knowledge was far superior.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Another time that is gone but not forgotten are my bike riding days. These were in my rebellious period, which is probably best forgotten. My faithful Suzuki 550 took me to many parts of Australia giving me a perspective I wouldn’t have had from the comfort of a car.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Also gone but not forgotten are my days as an alternate lifestyle fanatic. My aim was to be self sufficient in vegetables, eggs and chickens although it really never happened I spent a good ten years in the effort to make it happen. The dog, Mungo, is also gone but never forgotten. He was a real character as he did his rounds, checking that all his family which included the pig, the chickens, the cows and donkeys were all safe and well.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Gone and not forgotten and thought of often is my Dad – a man with a great sense of humour and joy of life. Also gone is Peggy a woman my mother went to school with and a close family friend. The sandstone house behind is also gone but not forgotten. My Great-grandfather built this house between 1899 -1901. It was the family home after they emigrated to Australia so that my Great-grandfather could take up his role as a missionary in the Rocks in the city of Sydney. Gone from the family about 100 years later when it was sold after my father died. A home that will not be forgotten (at least by my brother and I.)

This is in response  to the weekly photo challenge prompt.

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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24 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone but not forgotten

  1. mukhamani says:

    Our memories are always with us:) We just go back to those days.

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  2. Sherri says:

    What a beautiful photo of you Irene, and such a touching post. I love reading about your earlier years, and you go girl, a biker chick! Love it 🙂 What fascinating adventures you have had along the way, reminds me of all the plans we made when younger and although doing our best to make them work, somehow the reality never quite matched our expectations 🙄 A post filled with evocative memories of all the people, pets, and homes we have loved and lost, but never forgotten. And again, I find it no small coincidence that my great-grandfather also took his family to Australia in his capacity as a Baptist Minister. My grandmother often used to talk of her seven years spent living there. Small world isn’t it my friend?

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    • Isn’t that funny. If he had stayed longer than his seven years you may have been an Aussie and who knows – we may have been school mates. Such a short degree of separation between our lives and between many others. It is funny when I do a post like this I can see the changes in my direction with each life direction taken and all the people and pets and places we have lived along the way. How many left to go I wonder. 🙂

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  3. noelleg44 says:

    What a nice piece, Irene. I really liked it and found out lots of interesting things about your life. Thanks for the share!

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  4. A lovely bit of nostalgia touched with sadness, Irene. Thanks for sharing this.

    janet

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  5. Great stories and photos. 😀

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  6. la_lasciata says:

    You have had such an interesting life, Irene !!! – and the actual book …?

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  7. Charli Mills says:

    Beginning with dinosaurs, lifestyles, lives and home. Beautifully connected.

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  8. Love the photos and the stories that go along with them. Thanks for sharing these.

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