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)


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lazing Again!

Shadow lazing on the verandah again!

Pet Pride meme

Don't believe I'm fat
I'm just adept at spreading
Wise gems from Shadow

Hosted by Bozo and magiceye @ Pets Forever

Shadows on Parade

A pretty, shadowy driveway in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Shadow Shot Sunday #167

Sun's shapes and patterns
A shadow exhibition
Silhouette walkway

The Shooters:
1. Cassie 2. GemmaWiseman 3. MagicalMysticalTeacher
4. LeckeresFurMenschUndKatze 5. Carola 6. Dimple
7. AngelaNZ 8. Hootin'Anni 9. MargaretGosden
Thank you so much Tracy for including my shadowy tower from last week's Shadow Shot Sunday!

Hosted by Tracy @ Hey Harriet

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Soft Reflections

Reflections in wetlands at Hillview Community Reserve, Dromana
Weekend Reflections #97

Watered reflections
A soft touch of other shapes
Like a mystery

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

Friday, July 29, 2011

Her mood today...

A tree in the Dromana Hills shedding its winter coat
Mother Nature is out and about getting ready to change the seasons!

Form for All - dVerse - Rime Royal
From Gay Cannon:
To celebrate new beginnings, I thought this week we’d look at one of the oldest forms in English, Rime Royal or Rhyme Royal. Traditionally, the name Rhyme Royal is said to derive from The Kingis Quair (“The King’s Book), attributed to James I of Scotland (1394–1437), but some critics trace the name to the French chant royal.

The rhyme royal stanza consists of seven lines, (usually) in iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme is a-b-a-b-b-c-c. In practice, the stanza can be constructed either as a terza rima and two couplets (a-b-a, b-b, c-c) or a quatrain and a tercet (a-b-a-b, b-c-c). This allows for a good deal of variety, especially when the form is used for longer narrative poems; and along with the couplet, it was the standard narrative meter in the late Middle Ages.

+ Poetry Pantry #60

Her mood today's a sparkle in the breeze

She longs to feel the colours of the earth
She haunts the textured barks and greens of leaves

And from the soul of darkness springs a firth
The phoenix cycle wheels to legend's birth

A Tinkerbell awak'ning Spring's surprise
Her mood today's a scent of summer eyes

The Poetry Pantry is hosted by Poets United

A little darkness, a little light...

A recent, early winter morning in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
SkyWatch Friday #147

A little darkness
A little shining of light
Coloured yin and yang

Hosted by Klaus Sandy Wren Fishing Guy Sylvia

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Little Tax Toy

This yacht was resting outside the Blairgowrie Yacht Club, Mornington Peninsula
It seems to be a sign of a personal attitude!
Signs, Signs

When tax seems a game
Re-shape a negative act
Sail with the current

Signs, Signs is hosted by Lesley

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Shadow and Light Drama

3WW #CCLI ~ banter + fumble + glance
Sensational Haiku Wednesday ~ Frustration

Banter of shadows
Warm rays just fumble and glance
Winter frustration

Hosted by Thom @ Three Word Wednesday

Join the fun!
Hosted by Jenn

Blairgowrie View

A view of Port Phillip Bay from Blairgowrie pier.
Watery Wednesday #150

Scenic Blairgowrie
Where waters drift forever
Calm today at least

Hosted by 2sweetnsaxy aka T. Bruce

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Time Out

Yacht outside the Blairgowrie Yacht Club, Mornington Peninsula
(P.S. to self - Stop wondering about the name on the boat!)
Ruby Tuesday meme

Lazing on the grass
Resting still and gracefully
Time out for sail craft

Hosted by maryt/the teach @ Work of the Poet

Monday, July 25, 2011

Winter Flowers in Sorrento

It may be still Winter, but the florist shop in Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula still offers a range of colourful flowers!
Mellow Yellow Monday #131

Colourful streetscape
Welcome flowers in Winter
Encouraging joy

Hosted by Drowsey Monkey

Sunday, July 24, 2011

But It's Winter!

This afternoon, I took this photo of blossoms just emerging in my garden.
An incredible sight seeing that our world is rainy and still locked in Winter!

Today's Flowers #153

Early white blossoms
Fragile shells of Spring beauty
Like Nature's small scout


A Need?

Carpark time out
Haiku Heights #53 ~ Free Write
One Single Impression #178 ~ Need

Our world of Iphones
Texting time discolours life
A need or a want

Hosted by Andrée and SandyCarlson

Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

More Than Shavings

Succinctly Yours ~ Week 18 Picture Prompt
Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words.
It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more.
Word Of The Week: Arbitrary

To some
This smelly, messy shed was of arbitrary value-
But I knew here were the shavings of
My grandad's final masterpiece.
(140 characters)

Succinctly Yours is hosted by Grandma's Goulash

Rosebud Clock Tower

A play of afternoon shadows round the clock tower in Rosebud, Mornington Peninsula
Shadow Shot Sunday #166

Modern clock tower
Tall feature in the main street
Shadows play with time

Hosted by Tracy @ Hey Harriet

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Elusive Reflection

This car was parked in a Rosebud carpark.
I thought that it was strange that I could only capture the reflection on the car's doors and windows from this perspective.
It simply disappeared if I tried photographing it from the side of the car.

Weekend Reflections #96

Elusive feature
Enigma of reflections
Like a wayward sylph

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

Friday, July 22, 2011

Soft Sunset

Looking out on a sunset on Port Phillip Bay from up in the Dromana Hills
Sky Watch Friday #146

Sun slipping slowly
A lonely ship wanders home
Romantic stillness

Hosted by Klaus Sandy Wren Fishing Guy Sylvia

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Two Way Sign

This bistro sign is in the main street of Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula.
It is a two way arrangement.
The large sign faces the road while the smaller one faces the footpath.
Signs, Signs meme
Tempting palm feature
A sign for all travellers
Some bistro leisure

Signs, Signs is hosted by Lesley

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Winter Surfer

Yes! It is still Winter in my world.
But there are some who still like to be up close and personal with the water.
Last weekend, this guy was paddling round the waters of Westernport Bay just offshore from Point Leo beach.
I remained snug in my warm jacket.
Watery Wednesday #149

Intrepid surfer
Drawn to the charms of waters
Winter's no object

Hosted by 2sweetnsaxy aka T. Bruce

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Celebrating the Opening of dVerse

Celebrating the opening of dVerse

Wine is bottled poetry.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Let the wine flow
Let the smiles glow
And share a poetry toast

Poetry can be a lonely space
Like a winter of discontent
Where treads slip on iced roads
And no one knows the event

But the warmth of a pub
Is a welcome rub
Melting the grave ice
A sign of breathing spirits
Sharing a roll of the dice

So let the wine flow
And may the smiles glow
As we share a poetry toast
All forms are welcome to
Buzz a submission

May your Muse be a friendly ghost



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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