A drive in the Australian Countryside: Silent Sunday


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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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14 Responses to A drive in the Australian Countryside: Silent Sunday

  1. Charli Mills says:

    Oddly enough, that shot reminds me of central California.

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    • Jenny says:

      I feel the same way about California, Charli and we felt really at home there on our road trip last year. I feel very at home there. I felt the same way about the Grand Canyon. Very much reminds me of home.

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    • I’m sure there are parts of the States that have very similar weather as does South Africa. It is the vegetation that will be different but there weren’t too many trees in this photo to make it seem different.

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      • Charli Mills says:

        Central California has blond, hilly terrain dotted with lone oaks and darker hills in the distance. Yes, similar terrains around the world. I’m sure immigrants often feel drawn to certain states as reminders of the home country they left.

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      • That is so true. When we moved to our farm Roger said that he felt that he was back in the UK on the Sussex Downs. It made him feel at home immediately.
        Instead of oaks we have eucalpyts and the oil evaporating from them often makes our hills in the distance look quite blue – hence the name Blue Mountains.

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      • Charli Mills says:

        Ah–there are eucalyptus trees in California, too! Yes, we look for the familiar in new places, don’t we?


  2. Jenny says:

    Are they cobblers pegs? I had a run in with them myself last weekend.


  3. Typical Australian countryside, I’ve also seen pictures of parts of South Africa that look similar to parts of Australia but I think the climate is similar so not surprising really.

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  4. Looks dry, hot and desolate!

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  5. Could use a little water out there. Makes for a great photo.

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