AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Thursday, September 30, 2010

I'm Off to the Willow Manor Ball Tonight!

At last darkness smiles
Bright Willow Manor Ball lights
Glittering welcome

(Just click on the flowers
And they will take you there too!)

Candlelight glows
Fresh sprigs of flowers scent the air
And the gracious
Lovely Willow
Awaits her guests

I've brought a gift for her
She is a Libran
Like me
This ball is my birthday enchantment
On the eve of my birthday
So to thank her
I'm giving
A little Libran magic

Glittering dancing shoes
I will feel
I will fly in their beauty

And my dress
Deepest port wine
A dream
I'm living a dream
For a little while

But there is more...

I have long admired the multi-talented
Always dashing
Michael York
He brought the soul of Shakespeare to film
And he breathed life into
King Arthur and his romantic Camelot...
And he arranged for me to get to
The Willow Manor Ball in
A private jet...

And now
The nerves are seeping in
I am approaching Willow Manor
I see the lights
I hear the music
I see Willow
And I see Michael
Holding out his hand to me
His wife Pat
A professional, internationally renowned photgrapher
Is by his side
With a camera

She agreed to photograph
Our first dance...

My birthday is tomorrow
But tonight I dream...

Where Am I?

Mag 34 ~ Image by Willow

Like dust on the glass
Like dried oil in the old lamp
I'm without reason

Light cycles round me
I decorate your window
I cast no shadow

Hosted by Willow

A Little Bit of Christmas

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A little Santa figure - slightly weathered but still beautiful - near my front entrance
Yard Art on Thursdays meme

A little magic
A little Christmas all year
A little treasure

Hosted by maryt/the teach @ Work of the Poet

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Zen Corner

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Ornaments in the waiting room at the dentist's surgery at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula
Sepia Scenes #102

Like a small garden
Mystical corner of peace
A Zen like moment

Hosted by maryt/the teach


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A cargo ship sailing Port Phillip Bay - as seen from my verandah in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
3WW #CCVIII ~ engulf + imminent + tamper
Sensational Haiku Wednesday prompt ~ Stress

Schedules engulf care
Cargo weights tamper with speed
Imminent crisis

Deep frowns engulf life
Pain and stress tamper with smiles
Imminent darkness

Hosted by Thom @ Three Word Wednesday

Join the fun!
Hosted by Jenn

Soft Lights and No Music!

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ This is not where you would expect to take a photo!
Yesterday, I had the pleasure (ahem!) of taking (dragging) my husband to the dentist at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula.
He was in pain!
Once he was fully flying with the fairies in the dentist chair and the receptionist had wandered away, I took this photo of the waiting room.
That opaque glass in the background created a soft scene of shapes and light.
The beautiful ambience helped me prepare for the next instalment when my husband emerged again!
Lovely Photo Wednesday meme

Soft romantic lights
Patients' lounge extraordinaire
Dentist's gentle drill
Lovely Photo - Wordless or Not-So-Wordless Wednesday at Aspire
Hosted by Hannah Nicole @ Aspire

Levels of Blue

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Early morning riders at Banarring beach, Mornington Peninsula.
I love the levels of blue tones moving toward the horizon.
Midweek Blues meme

Coastal character
Wonder of blue horizons
Early morning dreams

Hosted by Rebecca Haegele @ The Dusty Cellar

Mystical Waters

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Glittering early morning waters at Balnarring beach, Mornington Peninsula
Watery Wednesday #107

Early morning light
Mystical water magic
Like Nature's secrets

Hosted by 2sweetnsaxy aka T. Bruce

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Little One in Red

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A youngster dining in a Dromana restaurant - as seen through the window.
I used the reflections in the window to create a mystical surrounding.
Ruby Tuesday meme

Youngster dressed in red
A dreamy window moment
Capped with innocence

Hosted by maryt/the teach @ Work of the Poet

Monday, September 27, 2010


Microfiction Monday #50 ~ where a picture paints 140 characters, or even fewer. Susan says:
Photos will be from my own archives; illustrations are from Dover Publications' free clipart sample newsletter.

I'm so very lucky!
Seeing the ships lets me be the girl who danced through a honeymoon cruise.
A locked, endless honeymoon...a still..

(140 characters)

Hosted by Susan (Ireland) @ Stony River

Beauty of a Snail

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A snail crawling across a piece of plastic caught in the rain
Macro Monday #105

Intriguing markings
Like a micro tortoise shell
Beauty of small things

Hosted by Lisa @ Lisa's Chaos

White Innocence

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Love the fine detailed white layers of this tiny flower growing on a vine round my verandah in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Today's Flowers #112

Little white flower
Tiny drop of innocence
Sweet sign of Springtime



Bittern General Store Sign

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Bright yellow sign for busy Bittern General Store, Mornington Peninsula
Mellow Yellow Monday #88

Bold and yellow sign
An old but popular store
A great place to stop
Hosted by Drowsey Monkey

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Monument to 3000 Days

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A bronze statue (sculpted by Peter Corlett) of John Cain jr, a former premier of Victoria, Australia.
This is one of four life-size statues of premiers outside the Treasury building in Melbourne.
The other statues are of Rupert Hamer, Henry Bolte and Albert Dunstan.
Each statue was commissioned by eccentric premier Jeff Kennett as a collective monument to those who served more than 3,000 days (8 years and a few months) in office.
There have been 45 premiers in the last 150 years and only 4 (post World War II) met the 3000 days criteria.
One Single Impression #135 ~ Monument
Prompt suggested by Ramesh Sood ~
A Little More Than Ordinary

Public accolades
Monuments mean achievements
Public memories

Monumental casts
Character cross-roads in time
Tangible echoes

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ These statues of Henry Bolte and Albert Dunstan have been placed to appear chatting!
And is it my imagination, but Dunstan seems to have a remarkable resemblance to Sir Winston Churchill!

Hosted by Andrée and SandyCarlson

I'm Not An Angel!

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Shadow gingerly tries the kitchen window ledge catwalk for the first time!
Pet Pride meme

Tread where angels fear
Don't pose as a sweet angel
Wise gems from Shadow


Hosted by Bozo and magiceye @ wingsandpaws

Enigmatic Phenomena of Love

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Scene outside the Dromana Tourist Information Centre, Mornington Peninsula
Sunday Scribblings #234 ~ Love

Describe the beautiful tingle of a glance between an old couple across a crowded room
Describe why and how a mother feels the pain of her drug-riddled son
These represent just a couple of perspectives of that
Phenomena we call

In fact
There is far more to love than the drama of youthful, impassioned lovers

Love may be expressed as an intangible philanthropic bond of caring strength
When poverty is an endless cycle
When health is at risk of being unhealthy
When education is a remote luxury

Love can be an agent for an enigmatic, transforming connection
That creates a surreal dimension known only to the lover
The grey sunrise that welcomes imagined colours
The whispered word "home" (sounding like a glorious mansion) when war weary children return
The taste of exotic fruit behind humble buttered bread
The scents of a rich spiritual harvest after prolonged drought
The gentle touch that lingers through heavy tomorrows

Love is an eternal giver
Willing to walk in another's weary shoes
Willing to supply the light
Keeping shadows behind them
Quietly hoping to feel love
In return

A child's quiet arm around the shoulder of a sad mother
There is love

Hosted by
Laini Genge and
Megg Taylor

Weekend Nature #19 ~ Fields of Spring Beauty

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A peaceful rural view of Spring at Red Hills, Mornington Peninsula

Lavender and green
Sweet fields of Nature's colours
A Spring tapestry

Weekend Nature #19 ~ Fields of Spring Beauty
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animals - wild or domestic
rural landscapes
birds - wild or domestic

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Young Fishermen

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Young fishermen at Schnapper Point pier, Mornington Peninsula
SOOC Sunday #98

Beyond Playstations
Close to the soul of the sea
Young fishing dreamers

Hosted by Jan @

Rolling Spring Light

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A view across Red Hill farmland, Mornington Peninsula
Scenic Sunday #115

Festive rolling greens
Celebrating dreams of Spring
Magic visual

Scenic Sunday
Hosted by Aisha (Eugene, OR, US) of The Holleys and The Holley Herald

Many Feathers Make One Water World

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Black swan and cygnet, 2 seagulls and a coot all happily enjoying the lake at Safety Beach Golf Club, Mornington Peninsula.
Camera Critters #129

Different feathers
Many are one in water
Sweet togetherness

Camera Critters
Hosted by Misty + supported by Tammy

Sacred Shadows

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A feature on the Dromana Catholic church wall
Shadow Shot Sunday #123
Haiku Heights #10 ~ Sacred ~ suggested by Deepak of Replica.

Hushed sacred shadows
Elongated caring hands
Gentle expressions
Like treasured icons
Precious calming connections
Soulful dialogue


Hosted by Tracy @ Hey Harriet

Three Lines from Your Heart
A Haiku Art
Hosted by Leo



A place of beauty in the Western Tiers


View near Blackwood Park Cottages, Mole Creek

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Archive of Blog Quotes

  • A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent
  • Autumn is an introspective season when stray thoughts of the mind dive into the mystique of the soul - Gemma Wiseman
  • Autumn is the bridesmaid of Summer and the flowergirl of Winter ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • Autumn whispers the tones of yesterday in a minor key ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • Love is born / With a dark and troubled face, / When hope is dead / And in the most unlikely place; / Love is born, / Love is always born. - Michael Leunig's Christmas Song Cycle "Southern Star"
  • Spring paints the stars of heaven in Earth colours ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • Summer sizzles with a sibilant hush / Broken by dreams of / Clinking ice ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul. - G.K. Chesterton
  • Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. - Stanley Horowitz
  • Winter is the fire, simmering lonely in the soul ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • Winter is the shadow, the etching of the seasons in the mist ~ Gemma Wiseman

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