A Sign of Christmas: Floral Friday

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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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26 Responses to A Sign of Christmas: Floral Friday

  1. Beautiful photos and amazing flowers Irene 😀

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  2. Norah says:

    Beautiful, Irene! Happy days!
    What are the top flowers?
    Did you see my photo of native ginger on Twitter?

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    • They are all flowers from the poinciana tree. Seeing that flaming red from a distance you would never know that the inside of the flower hides these beautiful patterns and colours.
      Thanks to the pointer to your ginger. No I hadn’t seen it. I haven’t had time lately to even visit twitter as I’m struggling to get around word press. It is always next year….
      Your ginger is beautiful. I imagine it has totally opened now and the scent must be marvellous.

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      • Norah says:

        I wondered if they were the poinciana flowers. I recognised the tree and flowers in the distant view. Makes me realise that I have never looked at the flowers close up. I must do that.
        The ginger plant is interesting. The flowers don’t all open at once. I had been waiting for them to do so before I took a photo, but then we discovered that they opened up in stages. I must go out and smell the ginger! It’s sometimes a struggle to even do that, let alone get around WordPress and Twitter! 🙂

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      • I know the feeling of having the time. As you can see by how late my response is I’m struggling also. You simply have to make the time to stop and smell the roses (but in your case make it the ginger.) I don’t know if it all has a scent but those that do it is glorious.
        The poinciana flowers come as a surprise to me also. From a distance (which is where you normally see them) they look solid red.They are sited at an angle that you don’t really get to look inside them.

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      • Norah says:

        Beautiful all! From a distance, or up close. 🙂

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  3. angieoakley1 says:

    Wonderful. I adore Poincianas. In The Bahamas they dedicate a month to them…”Poinciana June.” Nassau is on the same latitude as us but in the northern hemisphere. The first sight of them c1969 for this London girl was unforgettable!

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  4. gorgeous! There’s a whole street of poincianas not far from me, and another place that grows Christmas Bush commercially. I look forward to them every year..

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  5. Charli Mills says:

    Wow, what a display of green and red!

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  6. Sherri says:

    Beautiful Christmas colour…a bit different to ours, so lovely to see 🙂

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  7. Lovely rich red flowers

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  8. joannesisco says:

    Not a sign of Christmas in my corner of the world. I like your version a lot better 🙂 Ours is rather dull and gray.

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  9. Beautiful, all, but I especially love the last one. Mysterious.

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