Bell Tents in the desert:Wordless Wednesday


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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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7 Responses to Bell Tents in the desert:Wordless Wednesday

  1. This could be 1000 years ago or yesterday – what a great photo, Irene.

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    • I agree Sharon. It has an agelessness to it although I don’t know that Bell tents are that old. I have a feeling that the came into being around the Boer war and that is why as girl guides and boy scouts we used that style of tent because that is what Baden-Powell got used to at Mafeking.

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    Are people really camping there? Looks like a yurt!

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    • Hi Noelle, I think a yurt has a wooden structure inside and no guy ropes. We used to camp in these in girl guides. I think they were developed for the Boer war which is probably why Baden Powell adopted them for his movement. Camping yes. I think it was an archaelogical dig and whoever was working it wanted to be close at hand.


  3. pattimoed says:

    The tent almost blends into the desert. Lovely mood.

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