My Place in the World: Weekly Photo Challenge

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I have moved thirty two times in my life which is an average of once every two years. Some places that I moved to I felt that I was where I was supposed to be. They were my place in the world – others never felt like home. Different factors will make me feel as though this is my place. In Vanuatu it was the smell that invaded your nostrils the minute you got off the plane. That earthy rotten fruit smell will always make me feel as though I have come home to my place in the world.

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I am much more in my place in nature. Big cities do little for me and I look forward to escaping their confines. I feel calm and peaceful wherever there is water, clouds and trees.

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There is a much more important factor however in whether I feel as though I am in my place in the world. My place in the world is where my heart is. As a child it was with my parents and brother.

1958.10 A,C,J Riverside Park

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where my animals are

Chief Tom, Ruth and us celebrating lounge - Version 2

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and where my love is. This is where my place is in the world.

In response to 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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12 Responses to My Place in the World: Weekly Photo Challenge

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  2. Miriam says:

    Beautiful post Irene. Loved your photos. Wow, you’ve moved a lot of times but I agree, home is where the heart is. 💙

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  3. LucciaGray says:

    You’ve done a lot of moving!
    I love the line: My place in the world is where my heart is. It’s so true.
    Lovely puctures❤

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Tish Farrell says:

    I like the way you put this, Irene. Your place is where the heart is.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Tina Schell says:

    And what a great place to
    Be! Esp love the tree shot Irene

    Like

  6. I move a lot too, so I found this post pretty relatable 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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