Way: Thursday’s Special

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© irene waters 2018

When on the sea sometimes the only way you’ll find the safe way is with the help of a pilot.


© irene waters 2018

There are few directional signs in Papua New Guinea. I don’t think they are needed. People know where they are going. There are few people coming to the towns we visited.

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© irene waters 2018

This map though showed us not only the way to get around the island but also the way to behave whilst on this island owned by an Australian who cared about nature.


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The white pyramids showed planes the way to land.

In response to Paula’s prompt

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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5 Responses to Way: Thursday’s Special

  1. Charli Mills says:

    I had to chuckle at the advisement to “take photos, leave only foot.” I’m enjoying all your photos an insights from your most recent trip.

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  2. Paula says:

    I wouldn’t leave me feet there 😀 What a gorgeous place, Irene. I would certainly follow your way!

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    • LOL. Funny I just read ‘foot”print and hadn’t noticed the error until pointed out. We called it Gilligans Island (I don’t know whether you have seen that TV programme. ancient now). A multibillionaire Aussie owns the 21 islands that make up the group and is using them as a turtle hatchery, scientific ecological area and marine conservation park. Compared to the rest of Papua New Guinea it was pristine. As there are no permanent residents (other than about thirty staff (scientists and people to look after them) the environment can be controlled. No-one lives there because there is no fresh water on the island. It has to be caught from rain or bought in.

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