Local between the Rivers and the Sea: Weekly Photo Challenge


© irene waters 2016

A scene so familiar I call it my bridge over my river, Weyba Creek.


© irene waters 2016

On the other side of me flows the Noosa River, as familiar, as loved.


© irene waters 2016

Both rivers heading out to sea just five minutes from where I live. The surf club at Sunshine Beach is where the locals go for whale watching and a great meal to enjoy whilst doing so.


© irene waters 2016

My local dog park turns you into a local quickly. Everyone knows everyone and stop and talk whilst dogs play or patiently wait for treats. Knowing people from the dog park means that seldom do you go to the shops without having at least one person to say hallo to. This makes you feel as though you belong, gives you community, makes you local.


© irene waters 2016

Our local bakery, Jaspers, where we end our walks is the same. A group of regulars, initially unknown to each other, greet, converse and acknowledge each other in little ways both at the bakery and out and about.


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And when you are greeted to this sign on your birthday it gives you a joy to know you are a valued local.


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Even our local trees invite a hug


© irene waters 2016

And as the sun sets on the day it is a lovely feeling being local.

For 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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6 Responses to Local between the Rivers and the Sea: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. Miriam says:

    Lovely trip around your local neighbourhood.

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  2. prior.. says:

    Oh the happy birthday sign is priceless – and the dog park shot – woof!
    I can see how knowing folks from there trickles over.

    Liked by 1 person

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