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)


Monday, February 28, 2011

Passing Thoughts #14 ~ February Spellbound

Passing Thoughts #14 ~ February Spellbound

1. Revenant by hedgewitch fascinated me with the Gothic darkness of magical poetry.
My Comment: A fascinating sense of dark drama looming into a storm! Beautiful!

2. (a) Sitting With Ghosts from Poesia Torta (Crooked Poetry) - aka Kenia Cris, is a tantalising reflection on other worlds infiltrating our lives.
It's all in the way we live our lives
and the way we sit our ghosts
at the dining table...
My Comment: O what a creative, light-hearted reflection on thoughts of more eerie beings that may inhabit our lives! Loved this!

(b) Also from Poesia Torta, I loved #441.
I need life to be hectic
so I have no free time
to think about empty spaces
My Comment: As if in being hectic, the more unsavoury elements of life are squashed and silenced for awhile! An enchanting but dark melancholy underlines these words! Beautifully crafted!

February ~ My Six Words on Twitter

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ The sea tumbles in to shore on Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula

Saturday 12.02.11
*I am nothing without my soul
*I cannot see without my soul
*My memories are my secret soul
*Unlock the rhythms of my soul

Sunday 13.02.11
*Colour my grey days with love
*Bring me fruit when I'm fruitless
*Stir my happiness with your understanding
*Your dreams are in my sunrise
*Be gentle with the gentle spirits
*Human volcanoes don't spawn rich soils
*Slow rhythms carefully hasten genuine progress
*Value impulse learning from accidental teachers
*Celestial watery siren songs beguile me
*Grey days fog grey melancholic spirits
*Tropical dreams live in unseasonal worlds
*Words are the bling of life

Wednesday 16.02.11
*Unwoven thoughts awaiting the right tapestry
*Unborn realities waiting for a sign
*Unashamed feelings waiting in the wings

Thursday 17.02.11
*Grey words sigh like weeping violins
*Pure light doggedly disembowels pure evil

Family Smiles on Parade

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ In last weekend's Western Port Festival 2011 parade were some strange sights.
This man seemed to be well known in the Hastings community, but he just walked alone with a little one, smiling to the crowds.
Mellow Yellow Monday #109

A child on three wheels
A man smiling and guiding
Family parade

Hosted by Drowsey Monkey

Sunday, February 27, 2011


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ The moon is rising in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
PhotoHunt #254 ~ Mostly black
Haiku Heights #32 ~ Mirage
Carry on Tuesday #94 ~ Saved by the bell

Moon icing darkness
A bell saving the silence
A mirage of light

Hosted by tnchick

Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

Hosted by Keith's Ramblings


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Shadow's penetrating gaze when she waits at the door.
Pet Pride meme

Waiting for freedom
Gaze with a steely command
Wise gems from Shadow

Hosted by Bozo and magiceye @ Pets Forever

In a Child's World

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A child enjoys a moment with a goat in the midst of the busy celebrations last Australia Day, 2011 at the Dromana pier, Mornington Peninsula
SOOC Sunday #120

Child and animal
Joyful moment together
Precious connections

Hosted by Jan @

Shadows on Parade

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Last weekend, a little one enjoyed riding in the Western Port Festival community parade
Shadow Shot Sunday #145

Parades are exciting
Riding with my cool shadow
Protected wonder

Hosted by Tracy @ Hey Harriet

Saturday, February 26, 2011

What a Blast!

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Last weekend, an unusual ride featured at the Western Port Festival 2011 at Hastings, Mornington Peninsula
Weekend in Black and White meme

Churning thrillseekers
Riding cocooned in a blast
Adrenalin rush

Hosted by Dragonstar

Ragged Reflections

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A quiet area (late Winter 2010) opposite the Treasury Building, inner Melbourne
(Late summer sun still struggles to appear, so it's time to delve into the archives again!)
Weekend Reflections #75

Trembling reflections
As if Nature cringed with cold
Urban grey beauty

Hosted by James (Pennsylvania, US) at Newtown Area Photo

Friday, February 25, 2011

Verandah Shadows

Pic by Germma Wiseman ~ My verandah shadows
Foto Friday meme ~ Shadows

Like a shadow stage
Actors in fancy costumes
Stylish lines and shapes

Household6Diva FotoFriday
Foto Friday is hosted by Ann Marie

Cloud Play

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Cloud shapes in the south-west sky of Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
Sky Watch Friday #126

Stretching and buckling
Insight into fun cloud games
Creative sky board

Hosted by Klaus Sandy Wren Fishing Guy Sylvia

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ This sign is in my neighbour's front window.
It was made for them.
The letters are actually an anagram of the world in which we live on the Mornington Peninsula.
It's an anagram of our seaside town DROMANA.
(Their Siamese cat just happened to be there when I took the photo!)
Signs, Signs meme

Unique kind of sign
No drama in Dromana
Positive motto

Signs, Signs is hosted by Lesley

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

FJ Holden

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Last weekend, an old blue FJ Holden joined the parade in the Western Port Festival 2011 at Hastings, Mornington Peninsula
Midweek Blues meme

Remember the days
Riding round on vintage wheels
Old blue on parade

Hosted by Rebecca Haegele @ The Dusty Cellar

Fun Magic

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ 3 levels of Circus Magic to wander!
This attraction appeared last weekend in the Western Port Festival 2011 at Hastings, Mornington Peninsula.
What fun!
ABC Wednesday Challenge Round 8 ~ F is for Fun

Wander through magic
Moving stairs and surprise sights
Three levels of fun

ABC Wednesday Challenge Round 8 is hosted by Mrs Nesbitt

Water Vibrations

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Swiming carnivals create a great opportunity to watch water in action!
Watery Wednesday #128

Swimming pool stage play
Patterns slide and hip hop dance
Watery vibrations

Hosted by 2sweetnsaxy aka T. Bruce

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Passing Thoughts #13 ~ For Christchurch ~ Again!

Pic by Gemma Wiseman taken from TV Channel 9 coverage
Passing Thoughts #13 ~ For Christchurch ~ Again!

Only September
We reached out to our Christchurch
We stood by her side

The earth moved that day
Just over four months ago
Eerie trembling worlds

Today the earth moved
Fragmenting lives and lifestyles
And the church spire fell

Caring trembling hands
Reaching out to our Christchurch
We are here always

** Thinking of bloggers Stoneweaver and Marja from Dutch Corner in Christchurch
Ref also Passing Thoughts #7 ~ For Christchurch

Parade of Red

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ St Joseph's Primary Scool paraded lots of red in the Western Port Festival parade last weekend.
Annually, this parade celebrates the community spirit of this region on the Mornington Peninsula.
This year, Hastings was celebrating 150 years of evolving on the Peninsula (hence the "150" hats on the children's heads!)
Ruby Tuesday meme

A parade of red
Happy faces brightly glow
Western Port glory

Hosted by maryt/the teach @ Work of the Poet

Monday, February 21, 2011

Desperate Photographer

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Western Port Festival 2011 was celebrated last weekend at Hastings on the Mornington Peninsula.
As the parade marched down the street, this photographer joined a statue for a better view and a better photograph!
She looked as if she was part of the statue!
That's different!
Monday Feature prompt ~ Different

High on a statue
A different point of view
She needs that photo

Monday Feature (Mandagstema) is hosted by Petunia

Blank Hallway

Microfiction Monday #71 ~ 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.

There was a clinical precision in that hallway
Cleansed of life
Like an erasure
Maybe one of those open doors
A sidetrack
(140 characters)

Hosted by Susan @ Stony River

One Wheel Riding

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Young bike riders show how fast they can lift their bike up on one wheel - even in a parade!
This photo was taken at the Western Port Festival this past weekend on the Mornington Peninsula
Digital Fun Challenge #17 ~ Fast

Parade of bike skills
Young riders in the fast line
Fascinating sight

Hosted by BLOGitse

Festival For All!

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ This weekend, the Western Port Festival parade celebrated the strength of Hastings' community spirit over 150 years on the Mornington Peninsula.
Many businesses and groups in the area were represented.
Even dogs went along for the ride!
Mellow Yellow Monday #108

Joyful festival
Strong community spirit
Pets are included

Hosted by Drowsey Monkey



A place of beauty in the Western Tiers


View near Blackwood Park Cottages, Mole Creek

New Landscapes

New Landscapes
New Worlds

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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