Gathering: Weekly Photo Challenge


© irene waters 2015

An international gathering of researchers from many different disciplines gathered in the Shakespeare room of the State Library of NSW for a group photo.


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A less formal gathering was on the street nearby where a soccer artisan performed his magic with the ball.


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Soon after Christmas, in January, the Festival of Sydney starts. Free concerts are given in public places and always stimulates a large gathering to hear in this case an opera.


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Smaller gatherings happen at my home town where people stop and stare into the eyes of a fire breathing dragon. Little did I know that when I joined the gathering it would lead to a series of events finishing in hospital. Read about that here.


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A sadder occasion the board riders gathered to make the circle of honour to farewell one of their own.


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A gathering in the dog park of both dogs and people for a bit of Christmas cheer.


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A larger gathering is possible in my home town when people come together for Carols by candel light.


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And no gathering is complete without the gathering of the clan, either mine (above) or a feathery one below.


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© irene waters 2015

The gathering of the ducks I’m including as a tribute to the old Kandanga Pub which burnt to the ground during the week.

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge.

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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13 Responses to Gathering: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. Lots of gathering of various tribes – so sorry about the pub burning, but lovely to see your family. Are you in the photo of the NSW researchers? I can’t spot you.

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    • You are right Sharon. I’m not there as I was taking the photo (as is so often the case with group photos.) Glad you enjoyed the photos. Kandanga pub was in a tiny hamlet and they will certainly miss having their watering hole gone. It had its hey day when a dam was proposed for the valley and the protestors used it as their base. Most of the locals here have probably never been there. I’m glad I went – it had some great trivia particular around ducks and Marilyn Monroe.


  2. Norah says:

    Lots of fun gatherings. Good to see you in some of them. I remember the tragedy of the fire-breathing dragon. That’s not a happy tale. It must have got the Kandanga pub too. That’s sad as well.

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  4. you have a gathering of gatherings, I like the pelicans

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  5. Charli Mills says:

    Great gatherings, even pelicans!

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  6. I think I like the feathered gathering best. 🙂

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