Slow: Thursday’s Special


© irene waters 2017

We often think of tortoises as being slow. Most of us have probably grown up with the story of the hair and the tortoise. Slow and steady wins the race.


© irene waters 2017

There are however a number of slow animals such as the Australian wombat.


© irene waters 2017

These short-legged muscular marsupials are the closest relative to the koala. Their pouch faces backwards so they can dig a burrow without throwing dirt in their baby’s face.


© irene waters 2017

As they are slow moving they are safest when they are in their burrow. They have a large solid plate in their backside which they use to crush predators to death on the roof of their burrow.

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© irene waters 2017

As an eight year old my Father first played me this book put to orchestral music. It was so emotive and sad I have never forgotten it.

In response to Paula’s prompt for Thursday’s Special

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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7 Responses to Slow: Thursday’s Special

  1. Miriam says:

    Such wonderful creatures and yes they’re very slow although I have seen one move pretty quickly when it was startled.

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    • I’ve never seen one in the wild (apart from lying on the side of the road). They are pretty amazing and I’m not surprised that they can move a bit faster when they want to. They are the nearest relative to the koala and I have certainly seen them move at pace despite their short stubby legs.

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  3. Paula says:

    Wombats look adorable 🙂 This is so cool, Irene. Thank you. Slow and steady wins the race – that’s true 🙂

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  4. What interesting info about wombats!

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