City Dwellers: Thursday Special


© irene waters 2016

One reason we chose to leave the city was because we had come to believe that your quality of life was the distance you could travel between traffic lights. For city dwellers in Hanoi the traffic was everyday. For me trying to cross the road it was taking your life in your hands. Shut your eyes and walk.


© irene waters 2016


© irene waters 2016

In response to Paula’s colour 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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17 Responses to City Dwellers: Thursday Special

  1. Miriam says:

    Colorful and chaotic.

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  2. Paula says:

    Quality of life = distance you can travel between traffic lights, so true dear Irene. If I could have my way I would opt for a little house somewhere isolated and in greenery, but city life has its advantages too. You have nailed this theme! Thank you 🙂

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  3. We live within walking distance of the heart of our beautiful city, Victoria, Canada. Thankfully I don’t have to “shut my eyes and walk” to get across the street! Very descriptive!

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  5. Love all the pink helmets!

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    I’m one of those who wants a clear both ways kind of crossing. I’d be standing on the curb all day!

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    • Roger worked out how to do it early. His theory was that if you just walked and kept at the same pace the motorcyclists took you into account and went around you. If you baulked and stopped or changed pace they would hit you. I was reluctant to do it and on a couple of occasions I walked by myself until I came across some traffic lights. Then the trouble was finding Roger again as he didn’t have the patience to wait for me.


  7. Sherri says:

    Yikes! I can see why!!!

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