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)


Friday, December 31, 2010

Ocean of Foamy Light

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Interesting cloud patterns in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Sky Watch Friday #118

Foamy powder puffs
Drifting ocean of white clouds
Like light on the winds

Hosted by Klaus Sandy Wren Fishing Guy Sylvia

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Beetle Beauty

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A beetle like character that appeared on my verandah, in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula.
This is the most colourful, unusual creepie crawlie I have ever seen.
Is it a Japanese beetle? If anyone knows, please tell me in the comments!
N.B. I posted other photos of this character earlier in December here!
Nature Footstep Macro #16

Luminous colours
Softly glinting in the sun
Beautiful beetle

Coastal Roads

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A view of Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula from the freeway.
This Way Thurs-Way #84

Winding by the bay
Roads to coastal adventure
Summer holidays
This Way Thurs-Way is hosted by fredamans

Sky Art

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ At last we are getting summer skies with interesting cloud shapes.
This is an early afternoon view from my verandah in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Heavenly #16

Powdery brushes
Breezes like messing with clouds
Heavenly painting

Heavenly (Himmelsk) is hosted by Petunia

A Sepia Dream

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Boats moored near Rosebud beach, Mornington Peninsula
Sepia Scenes #115

Boats and sea and sky
Like dreamy melancholy
A sense of waiting

Hosted by maryt/the teach

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Clogged Dreams

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A couple at Portsea looking across Port Phillip Bay, Mornington Peninsula
3WW #CCXXI ~ buckle + evade + wedge

Earthbound routine drudge
Rooms evade and buckle space
A wedge between dreams

Hosted by Thom @ Three Word Wednesday

A Leather Glove Story

Magpie Tales #46 ~ Picture by Willow

I got me a real bargain!
You know, these gloves are famous!
In the 1960's, they were in the Triumph motorbike advertisements.
Ann-Margret, the beautiful Swedish/American actress, starred in The Swinger and rode a Triumph motorbike in the film.
Then Triumph wanted her as the face of Triumph.
And she wore those gloves in photoshoots!
(Aside from acting, Ann-Margret so loved motorbikes.)
But do you know the real story behind the photos?
I know from a reliable source that those hands in close up photos do not belong to Ann-Margret!
Ann-Margret's hands didn't photograph well.
So they used the gloved hands of another famous actress.
I'll give you a clue.
She LOVED wearing gloves and is most famous for her hot pink ones!
Give up?
Those ads actually co-featured the gloved hands of Marilyn Monroe!
If that auctioneer had only known the real story, I wouldn't have got them for the crazy price of $500!
They would have been at least worth double!
A great investment!
So did I waste my money or not, eh?

Hosted by Willow

Little Tree Folk

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ On Christmas Day, we had lunch at Portsea Hotel, Mornington Peninsula.
Outside were beautiful views of Port Phillip Bay.
Children loved playing games on the rolling lawns.
Here, 2 young girls are playing/chatting in a tree.
Simplicity Photo Challenge ~ Kids

Little tree children
Like fairy folk in a dream
Sweet Christmas play time

Simplicity Photography Challenge is hosted by Faith

Beauty of a Sparrow

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A little sparrow on the Dromana beach walkway, Mornington Peninsula
World Bird Wednesday #6

A humble sparrow
Neglected feathered beauty
Tiny miracle

World Bird Wednesday is hosted by Springman

Arty Blue Emblem

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ This vehicle was parked at Portsea, Mornington Peninsula
Midweek Blues meme

Boat resembles waves
Sweeping geometric lines
Arty blue emblem

Hosted by Rebecca Haegele @ The Dusty Cellar

Dreamy Stillness

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A view of Portsea pier and nearby boats, Mornington Peninsula
Watery Wednesday #120

Powder grey waters
Silky quiet atmosphere
Dreaming tenderly

Hosted by 2sweetnsaxy aka T. Bruce

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Day Moment

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ One of the ice sculptures of a dolphin on the Christmas buffet table at the Portsea Hotel, Mornington Peninsula
Photo Time ~ Christmas Day Moment

Blue dolphin in ice
Prawns and oysters surround it
Celebrate Christmas

Hosted by fredamans

Poinsettia Joy

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A part of my festive poinsettia!
Macro Monochrome #59

Poinsettia joy
A little red and glitter
Soft in monochrome

Macro Monochrome is hosted by Birgitta Rudenius

Simple Joys Still Live!

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A little one enjoys Christmas Day by simply playing games on the lawn outside Portsea Hotel, Mornington Peninsula.
Ruby Tuesday meme

Simple Christmas joys
Creative space for children
On greens by the sea

Hosted by maryt/the teach @ Work of the Poet

Monday, December 27, 2010

Close to Wild Life

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A baby magpie being fed on my verandah in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Macro Monday #118

A little one trusts
Connections with the wild life
Very special bond


Hosted by Lisa @ Lisa's Chaos

Four Faces of Living

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ These delightful ice sculptures of dolphins were on the Christmas Day buffet table at Portsea Hotel, Mornington Peninsula.
Seafood is becoming a larger feature on the Australian Christmas Day menu.
Monday Poetry Potluck #16 ~ Celebrations and Festivities
Here are 4 cameo glimpses of the essence of celebration and festivity, without the baubles and the glitter.
2 everyday sporting experiences frame what was and what may be.
The 4 poems (separated by the icon bells) may work as a holistic, seasonal cycle, or perhaps just one rings with your music.
If you like to dig a little, there are levels in these poems.
But if you don't have the time or the energy, the poems have surface colours you may like.
Here are poems for everyone and anyone.

Sometimes the endless untangling of lines
Sometimes the small ones
Tossed back till
Another day
Sometimes the yarn of
The one that got away
(And only sometimes)
The mighty catch
The trophy to take home

The celebration of fishing is
Not about trophies
The real joy of fishing is

When it's the festive season for
Changing of the guard
Yesterday becomes
Time on ice
Rough and smoothe textures

It's then we see
The glistening beauty of trinkets
The small moments

When it's the festive season for
Changing of the guard
Tomorrow becomes
Time in the wings
Like a recipe waiting
Waiting for ingredients to gather
To mix
To bake
To chill
To be

Sometimes the batter
Sometimes the bowler
Sometimes the yarn of
The one that got away
(And only sometimes)
From way out in left field
The catcher scores
The mighty catch
The trophy to take home

The celebration of cricket is
Not about trophies
The real joy of cricket is

Jingle Poetry's Monday Poetry Potluck is hosted by Amanda and Kavita

Yellow Eyes in the Night

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ My little pottery house on my verandah table looks quite cute at night when candle lit!
Mellow Yellow Monday #103

Roughly shaped small house
Like a strange face in the night
Eyes pierce the shadows
Hosted by Drowsey Monkey

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Manifesto for 2011

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ I love the Desiderata.
This is my version hanging in my hallway.
The light in the left top corner is from my mini chandelier.
The following 2011 Manifesto was inspired by the Desiderata.
Sunday Scribblings #257 ~ Manifesto
Carry on Tuesday #85 ~ With the New Year fast approaching, our prompt this week is the opening line from Helen Hunt-Jackson’s poem New Year’s Morning:
Only a night from old to new!
One Single Impression #148 ~ Comb
Haiku Heights #23 ~ Charity

Only a night from old to new!
Let this be our manifesto!

Comb out the tangled hours of days

Cream the aged lines of tensions into
New innocence

Let the auras of nutritional powders
Highlight the cheeks
And the tones of natural mascara
Liven the shapes of eyes

Moisten the lips of
Dry conversation

Spring clean the mind
Do good
Feel good
Welcome the opportunity for charity

Charity means love
Bask in the glow of giving

See new sails
Hear a new drummer
Taste new soul foods

Bless the mirror that looks beyond the face

And bless the feet that
Breathe the freedom of
New moccasins

Only a night from old to new!
And that is the difference!

Let this be
Our manifesto

Hosted by Keith's Ramblings

Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

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Megg Taylor

I Spy!

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Shadow likes to check on us through the lounge room window!
Pet Pride meme

Always check landscapes
Little things may surprise you
Wise gems from Shadow

Hosted by Bozo and magiceye @ wingsandpaws

Christmas Views at Portsea

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Yesterday, my hubby and my son enjoyed Christmas lunch at the Portsea Hotel, Mornington Peninsula.
This is the view across Port Phillip Bay from the lawns of the hotel.
It was a little grey but warm enough to wander the grounds and enjoy the views.
SOOC Sunday #111

Sweet views at Christmas
Quiet boats on quiet waves
Scenic soft beauty


Hosted by Jan @



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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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