Five Photos Five Stories Challenge: The Prickly Pear

Raewyn of decocraftsdigicrafts  invited me to take part in the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge.  Thanks, Raewyn! The challenge is  to “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”.

Day 2:

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

The grass was green despite the dryness of the ground beneath. The parched wide riverbeds with mud cracked by the unrelenting exposure to the sun made it difficult to imagine that  there would ever be enough water to fill them. The trees, over the centuries had adapted to the harsh conditions by storing water in their trunks which had become bottle-like.

“This is where we’re building.” Sean told Catriona.

“No it’s too tough here.”

“But look Cat. See all the prickly pear. We can have all we want. It was used as far back as 65 BC.”

“How’d you know that?”

“Carbon dated shit, that’s how. The Aztecs used it for everything. Like we can. Building materials, firewood, starch, food, medicine. We’ll never be ill. It’s good for respiratory problems, arteriosclerosis, diarrhoea and sore throats. The pads can be heated and used for bed warmers or muscle aches and pains. The gel will help bruising, burns and cuts. And even though it is great for stopping diarrhoea it can also be a laxative, a skin softener and pain-killer. Why would you want to live anywhere else. It is so expensive to buy in the health food store.”

Sean donned some gloves and picked some of the crimson fruits. He scrubbed the tiny hair like thorns from the fruit’s surface ensuring all barbs were gone before he ate one after another with glee. “Tastes somewhere between bubblegum and watermelon.” he said.

Within minutes he was clutching his stomach, writhing in pain before convulsing and lapsing into unconsciousness. “I guess you didn’t know that they are classified as a noxious weed in Australia and the government uses some pretty toxic poisons to eradicate them.” Catriona smiled at the lifeless Sean. “Well at least I don’t have to make this place my home.”

So now I’m supposed to invite someone else to join in the fun. That’s easy, I nominate Ula  from Confessions of a Broccoli Addict. No obligation, Ula!

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. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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15 Responses to Five Photos Five Stories Challenge: The Prickly Pear

  1. This is wickedly good, Irene. 🙂

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  2. Great story Irene.

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  3. M-R says:

    You’re back at it ! [grin]

    Liked by 1 person

  4. noelleg44 says:

    Wicked mind, Irene, wicked mind!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Charli Mills says:

    Ha, ha! That’s a wicked twist…I was getting into the health benefits. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sherri says:

    Haha…love the twist, you had me there!

    Liked by 1 person

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