Gardens: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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Gardens in Europe are manicured with exotic birds wandering


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azealeas and rhododenrums climbing.

Isola Bella

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An army of gardeners must be employed for hedging and creating topiaries.

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and here in Brisbane you can see the army of workers, pruning, spraying and blowing.


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Hunter valley Gardens in New South Wales is a delight to wander


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around each corner a new delight.


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But my favourite garden is one where my hands get dirty (they don’t because I wear gloves) and at the end of the day’s labour I can see the difference – a tree planted, veggies watered


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a screen adding privacy


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and the sand on which the base of the fountain will sit has been levelled. The Buddah will be placed tomorrow.

In response to Cee’s fun Foto Challenge gardens.


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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10 Responses to Gardens: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

  1. Miriam says:

    Such beautiful gardens but you’re right, the one that gives the most satisfaction is at home.

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  2. I love perennial gardens, especially if pinks, purples and blue dominate! Nice pictures, Irene! They brighten my cloudy day!

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  3. Cee Neuner says:

    Nice range of gardens and ever so beautiful. 😀

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  4. Such beautiful gardens lovely photos, Irene.

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  5. Cee Neuner says:

    Irene, these garden photos are simply divine. 😀

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