A lull in the rain: Silent Sunday


© irene waters 2016

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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5 Responses to A lull in the rain: Silent Sunday

  1. At least the wind’s dropped!

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  2. Dogs enjoy the new smells. I don’t think they appreciate how beautiful it is around them.

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    • I still haven’t worked out if they see in black and white or colour. I think you are right – it is the smells that get them going. I’ll remember not to bother trying to train them to take photos – I’d probably get scenes I’d rather not know about.

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      • Dogs don’t see color. In Long Beach, CA, a town north of us, south of Los Angeles, there is a sound system attached to the crosswalks created especially for seeing eye dogs. When the flashing sign indicates it’s safe to cross, it also chirps like a bird. One chirp sound to walk east/west, another for north/south. And a certain number of chirps indicating how much time remains to cross safely before traffic changes direction again. I don’t know how effective it is to save lives, but I’m pretty impressed with the program. Of course it’s another layer of training for the dogs, but service dogs love the challenge – so I’ve been told.

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      • I think all dogs love the challenge of being trained as long as it is made so they want to do it – either reward or owners pleasure. The service dog training is an amazing program and the lights sound great.

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