Five Words Sept 2017: Thursday’s Special

Once a month Paula invites us in Thursday’s Special where you can pick one word or all and post one photo or many. The five words this month are : vantage, bifurcated, intruding, jagged and quayside


© irene waters 2017

From my vantage point in the sky tower Aukland I can see the birfurcation  in the river mouth. Taking one side leads quayside. Big boats and little boats, passenger liners and cargo carriers.  Intruding into the sky are loading cranes and tall buildings but none reach the jagged clouds above.


© irene waters 2017

The road bifurcates at the quayside. Piles of jagged rough-sawn timber await loading onto the boats. My vantage point allows me to see clearly but intruding is the reflection of the window from the other side of the bus.

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© irene waters 2017

The Lorelei sits in her vantage point in the middle of the Rhine where her rock causes a birfurcation in the river. Sailors who leave the safety of their quayside berth are drawn closer to the jagged rocks by the irresistable song she sang. No intruder to the rock survived.

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© irene waters 2017

From my vantage point in a light plane the odd bifurcation in the mighty Colorado River was clearly seen. I felt as though I was intruding. The steep, jagged cliffs of the Grand Canyon should have had The Havasupai  people standing on the cliff tops or pulling their kayaks, quayside, onto the island in the middle of the river. In this ancient place a plane load of tourists didn’t seem right.

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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12 Responses to Five Words Sept 2017: Thursday’s Special

  1. Outstanding applications of so many random words. And excellent photos, also.

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  2. bushboy says:

    I am lost for words Irene…..wonderful, clever…..

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  4. Paula says:

    When I read your posts for TS I always have an impression that you are having fun. I do hope it is so, cause I am having fun when I read them. Thank you, Irene.

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  5. restlessjo says:

    Skilfully done. I love that vantage point, Irene. 🙂 🙂

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  6. prior.. says:

    your fun paragraph at the end (using the words) was brilliant.
    and the first photo – with all that blue- is my fav of this post. 🙂

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