Barns or dilapidated buildings: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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In Australia dilapidated buildings and barns stand out. There aren’t that many of them.

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But we found in New Guinea all the buildings appeared dilapidated


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even the new.

In response to Cee’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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12 Responses to Barns or dilapidated buildings: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

  1. I love old barns, and old, abandoned buildings of any kind. They remind me of days past, and lives that were, but are no more. Bitter sweet feelings.

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  2. Cee Neuner says:

    Irene, you have some wonderful photos for this week’s challenge, 😀 😀

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  3. An old barn is the bane to a farmer but a boon to an artist.

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  4. Charli Mills says:

    Ghost towns dot the American West, and also the Keweenaw Peninsula. The abandoned towns reflect the boom and (final) bust of mining. However, looking at your shots of New Guinea I’m struck by the use of tall fences topped with barbed or razor wire! It gives off a defensive vibe.

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  5. robbiecheadle says:

    These are fascinating pictures, Irene. The old metal roofs are interesting.

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    • Thanks Robbie. Many of our roofs since the 1880s have been corrugated iron and is considered an Aussie icon. The gold rush in Victoria was the major catalyst for its use as we needed a material that was speedy in construction, flexible, lightweight and cheap. We thus became the biggest importer of the corrugated sheets from Britain. Colourbond has now largely replaced the traditional tin roof.

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