All is calm: 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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8 Responses to All is calm: Silent Sunday

  1. The light on the water shimmers – just to look at this makes me feel calm. Thank you for a lovely view this afternoon.

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  2. Comforting to know there are tranquil places like this in the world! Idyllic!

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    It’s like being in a bubble of calm. Is this before or after your winds?

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    • After and before the next lot. LOL. We get a lot of wind at this time of year. Saw the fires in California on the TV last night. Frightening stuff. Hope they get put out soon and that there are none around you.

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      • Charli Mills says:

        We had two so close we could see their approaches. One was on the other side of Moses Lake so, no threat. But here, in central Washington, it’s arid and full of cheat grass and sagebrush. It doesn’t burn as explosive as forest fires which can crown and create their own firestorm. That’s crazy-scary! Yet reading a book of stories about people who lived on the Coeur D’Alene River, it happens annually with some years worse than others. What has changed is how so many people now live in those forests. They have huge education efforts underway to get homeowners to create firebreaks around their homes and if you have a big fancy home up on a mountain with a single access, no fire rigs will go up it out of safety to the fighters. Growing up with this natural disaster, I’ve always been both terrified and yet interested in it and how we try to make do with something we can’t fully predict or control. Kind of like life!

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      • You are quite right Charli. People are choosing to live surrounded by bush and with that goes the risk of fire. It is unfair of them to expect people to put their lives at risk when it is a choice they have chosen to live with. Yes I hadn’t thought of it but it is like life. A good analogy.


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