Remembering Pastimes: Lens Artists Photo Challenge Number 97

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Sue, this week’s host, has asked that we look at current pastimes – things we have taken up in this time of enforced home isolation.  For me my pastimes have remained the same as they were prepandemic. I had thought that I would gain a couple of  new pastimes – I would cycle on the exercise bike sitting in our spare room every day – that lasted a week. I would have a spotless house as I would spend every waking minute cleaning – but I guess the cows came home and that didn’t happen either.

Did I take up stamp collecting – no but this was my Father’s favourite pastime, spending hours with new, used and cinderella stamps. He had a huge collection on his death – some valuable, some not. Surprisingly, his cinderella collection (stamps that aren’t legal tender) was one of the best in Australia and someone asked if they could use his collection to write a book displaying it. I have no idea how many copies were sold but we were quite chuffed that he would be remembered for his beloved pastime.

Cameras and books have always been my favourite way to fill in time.

1967.1 C,I, EvansHead

© irene waters 2018

1967.2 Irene Jim

© irene waters 2018

With over 60,000 photos on this computer and more stored on CDs and external drives I have a pasttime that will see out my years. The hours I can spend labelling, tagging and researching is interminable. As are the number of books in the world.

1961.7 Irene,Jim in bed

© irene waters 2020

1964.6 Jim,Irene in flat

© irene waters 2020

Vanuatu 039

© irene waters 2017

The sad thing is you don’t realise until too late that you don’t have enough hours left to read all the books you want to. How do you choose which are more important. Even the decision then becomes a pastime.

Of course, there are the dogs. Even in lockdown they get there two walks a day. We now only go to the dog park once a day – in the morning. The number of people in the afternoon has become massive and my stress levels rise accordingly. Families with kids on bikes, scooters and skate boards – all things that Marley loves to chase. Dogs that are unknown and a little more intrusive – Muffin reacts. Now we walk through some bush that is at the back of our place. A lovely place with dams and birds and yes even more photo opportunities.

Birdlife at the pond

© irene waters 2019


© irene waters 2019


© irene waters 2019

As you can see – I really don’t have time for new pastimes. The old ones fill in all the spare time I have.



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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16 Responses to Remembering Pastimes: Lens Artists Photo Challenge Number 97

  1. JohnRH says:

    Great photos and thoughts. Love the three birds. What are they?

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  2. A wonderful selection of pastimes, Irene! I think I recognize some of those stamps from your Dad’s collection. And what a splendid way to commemorate his pastime, by having a book written about his collection. You have captured the birds beautifully. Do I see a kookaburra there on the branch? Thank you so much for participating in the challenge.

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  3. Tina Schell says:

    I know just what you mean Irene. I had so many plans but much less time for them than I imagined! Your birds are beautiful and I enjoyed the trip down memory lane

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  4. Leya says:

    Beautiful pastimes – and those that were not coming along…well I recognize that so well. And cleaning the house? No. Beautiful photos and lovely memories.


  5. oneletterup says:

    I enjoyed this! I have loved taking pictures since I was 9 or 10. So many photographs and I/we never throw them out. I love your choices. I have thousands too and the urge to organize them better is constant. And often overwhelming. So many books and never enough time. 🙂

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  6. Wait – do you mean that someone used your dad’s stamp collection to write a book but didn’t mention your dad’s name in the publication? That’s terrible! Shame on the opportunist.

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  7. Marsha says:

    Lovely pictures and your life is full. Australian birds are so colorful. Have a great week, Irene.

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