Eisener Fetida: Friday Fictioneers


© Connie Gayer

Five times a day Peter ran training sessions. It would have been quicker to get in the earthworks man. ” Why pay when I can do it? ” Peter said. Yes, he’s done it. Only six years after we moved to this god-forsaken drought prone place with the red clay soil, the wire finally reached the connection box.

“What are you going to do with them now?” 

“You wanted a garden didn’t you. The worms’ll work the soil like I’ve trained them to do and you’ll have a garden in no time.”

“No time? I don’t think I’ve got another six years.”

In response to the photo prompt  kindly provided by Connie Gayer (Mrs Russell) and the hosting by Rochelle who invites us to write a flash of no more than 100 words and link up via the blue frog on her site. If you don’t want to write have a read as there is always a varied talented selection to read.

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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34 Responses to Eisener Fetida: Friday Fictioneers

  1. Dale says:

    I love that you turned the photo to give us another perspective.

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  2. Those look like pretty strong earth worms. I think they can do it in under 6 years easy.

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  3. Wow… that would be a long time to wait for a garden!! Good job! 🙂

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  4. Margaret says:

    They must be some heavy duty worms! Very entertaining story – what a novel idea.

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  5. Sandra says:

    I like a worm with a bit of muscle. Well… a lot of muscle, looking at that soil. Nice one!

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  6. LOL! Don’t you just hate when they say ‘it’ll be done in no time’.

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  7. Norah says:

    Oh I know! Getting “a round toit” is often difficult for people who can!

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  8. Sherri says:

    Oh I know those six years… 😛 Love it….

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  9. ceayr says:

    Clever idea, Irene, well done.

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  10. Dear Irene,

    Robotic earthworms? Clever.



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  11. rgayer55 says:

    Training earthworms must be interesting work. I suppose he gives them little treats when they perform a task correctly. Look out Barnum & Bailey, here we come!

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  12. gahlearner says:

    Earth worms, what a unique take on the prompt. And all I can say is: compost. (If you have sometihing to make it from).

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  13. Charli Mills says:

    Where can I get some of those clay-chomping trainable earthworms? Maybe they can chase off gophers! Fun take on the prompt!

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  14. Amy Reese says:

    What a unique take. That would be a long time to wait for a garden, but maybe it would be worth it.

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  15. Trained worms, that’s a new one on me, lol

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