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)


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

LCDR Pat Timmins

The unusual upper framing of this headstone at Crib Point Cemetery on the Mornington Peninsula intrigued me.
I wondered if it linked with the navy (associated with this grave) rather than the Catholic element.
Not sure if I have the answer.
In 1956-1972, Lieutenant Commander Patrick Timmins was one of several officers in charge of the shipwright and artisans training section in HMAS Nirimba, Quakers Hill, New South Wales.
More details HERE!
Back to the framing of the grave!
Does the design represent the craft and trade element of the navy?
And nearby Crib Point Cemetery is the major naval base HMAS Cerberus.
Did Pat have some association here too?

Messing with big boats
Part of naval history
A man of the sea

P.S. I am so grateful that a family member added a comment to this post.
TT's blog View from the Ballast has a post HERE describing growing up in the Timmins family.

Linking to:
Taphophile Tragics

Monday, July 30, 2012

Yellow Art on a Yellow Door

These beach symbols decorate a yellow door on a boat shed at Dromana beach

Yellow means a beach
Bucket, ball and umbrella
Golden summer signs

Linking to:
Mellow Yellow Monday

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Two kookaburras in late afternoon winter sunlight

We have been waiting
I wonder if she'll feed us
It's getting so late

Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Olympics Fever

Part of a display for the Olympics 2012 in my school library

Adrenalin rush
Olympic world connection
Intense time for sport

Linking to:
Weekend in Black and White

Friday, July 27, 2012

Waking Light

Winter sunrise in Dromana

Surge of puffy light
Lively talcum powder clouds
Like rushed dawn make up

Linking to:
SkyWatch Friday

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Botanic Artist

Unexpected sign at the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens
I don't think that I have ever seen a sign concerning a botanic artist.
It even includes a reference to Ferdinand Bauer - not well known - who accompanied Matthew Flinders in his famous journey round Australia in the early 19th century.
There are many memorials on my peninsula to Matthew Flinders - he landed here in several places - but I don't recall any memorial to Bauer.

The art of detail
Historical glimpse of Nature
Fine accuracy

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mystery Toussaint Grave

This humble grave is at Crib Point Cemetery on the Westernport Bay side of the Mornington Peninsula.
It is simply identified as Toussaint - with no dates.
The only small clue is the flag.

This is the flag of Malta.
It was not adopted till September 21, 1964 when Malta gained independence from Britain.
But the flag existed prior to that date.
King George VI of Great Britain awarded the George Cross, a military award for gallantry, to Malta in 1942, in recognition of Maltese heroism during the early years of World War II.
The left top corner of the flag features a King George Cross outlined in red and reads FOR GALLANTRY.

So here we have a French name connected to a military award connected to a national flag and all set in a small Australian cemetery in a humble grave marked with living plants.

Toussaints are artists
Toussaint is Haiti's hero
What Toussaint is here

Toussaint and Haiti 
- Francois Dominique Toussaint was leader of the Haitian independence movement during the French Revolution. He emancipated the slaves and briefly established Haiti as a black-governed French protectorate.
Toussaint and art 
- Christopher Toussaint is an award-winning documentary film and video producer/director, cameraman and editor. Currently he is owner of Free Spirit Productions in Santa Monica, California and the Director of Transvision, a spiritual society devoted to conscious media.
- Allen Toussaint - was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
- Chris Toussaint (Melbourne) - is a writer, editor and artist. He has published feature stories, interviews, reviews and editorials in newspapers, street press, magazines and trade journals. His commercial work has appeared in advertising and marketing. Chris has qualifications in Arts, Media, Communication and Literature. He is managing director of 21D, a literary and art magazine.

Linking to:
Taphophile Tragics

Monday, July 23, 2012

Yellow Watering Cans

These yellow watering cans are a feature at the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

Bright watering cans
Like odd yellow bird houses
With an entry spout

Linking to:
Mellow Yellow Monday

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Just watching...

Character at the Moonlit Sanctuary, Pearcedale

Welcome to my world
Take care not to disturb me
For I am watching you

Linking to:
Weekend in Black and White

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mandela Day

ANTI-apartheid hero
of South Africa 
Nelson Mandela
marks his 
94th birthday
 in "good" spirits 
in his home village of Qunu
with his close family 

67 years in politics
27 years in prison

One Day
Can we spare
67 minutes of one day
To give
At least a thought
A caring thought
To others?
Many others?

I have spent nearly
27 minutes
The clay in this post


Mandela was born on July 18, 1918  in Mvezo village southeastern South Africa.
His great-grandfather was a Thembu king.
His father was a counsellor to the Thembu royal family.

But his family lives in a thatched hut
And raises livestock.

But his father dies when Nelson is nine
And he becomes a ward of the royal household.

When winds of change blow
They may gust for a time
Till the next season

*27 minutes
Your time is now 

Makhalima reads a book to an elderly woman in Qunu...Lutho Makhalima (R) reads a book to Nobantu Mbhokodi, an elderly woman, in Qunu, eastern cape, July 18, 2012. South Africans celebrated former president Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday on Wednesday with special events and charity work in what has become known as "Mandela Day".The former leader's birthday is used for a campaign that aims to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better by asking people to give 67 minutes of their time painting schools, planting trees, visiting orphanages and old age homes to honour Mandela's 67 years of political activism.
REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Linking to:
Real Toads Anniversary post ~ Bonus Open Link

Rows by the Pier

In a row:
*Bollards round the carpark area near Dromana pier
*Low growing plants on the right
*Fence posts in the background

Lined up by the sea
Man-made and Nature's beauty

Linking to:
Thursday's Things in a Row 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A is for Artists

Street artists in Melbourne
The long instrument is a didgeridoo - traditional Aboriginal 

Artistical souls
Offer the gift of beauty
In creative ways

Linking to: 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hector John Sutherland

An unusual grave presentation for Hector John Sutherland at Crib Point Cemetery on the eastern side of the Mornington Peninsula.
To me, the seat seems older than the grave itself.
(Perhaps just old woods were used.)
But the wavy shape of the grave (no distinct border) seems to connect both seat and grave, inviting a sense of being together to whoever wishes to stay awhile.

And there are two layers of distinctly different stones??

But it was the cyclist image that really captured my interest (mainly because my son is riding South America's Andes Trail from the end of this month!)
In the 1950 Commonwealth Games cycling event in Auckland, New Zealand, Hector Sutherland won Australia's first gold medal in the individual 100km road race.
(Commonwealth Games cycling events were first held in 1934).

Spokes and turning wheels
Locked into history's gold
Forever riding

Linking to:
Taphophile Tragics

Monday, July 16, 2012

A Monk's Tale

One summer as dawn broke the night's faint chill, 
I greeted my cell with hesitant eyes. 
No coffee today before minds are still 
And souls appreciate prayerful skies. 
Could yesterday's peak hour be a far guise? 
So here I am tasting a monk's pure sight, 
Wondering if I can live in new dyes; 
If my darkest past can suffer new light.

Inspired by:
With Britain becoming an increasingly secular society, the number of people devoting themselves to the monastic life has been in freefall. But now several monasteries and convents are fighting against the trend by offering taster weekends in the hope of bringing fresh members into the fold.
- A monk's life...but just until Monday ~ BBC News ~ Saturday 10.2.09

NOTE - This is my first attempt at a Huitain.
It is a poem in a single Ballade stanza.
The verse form was most popular in the 16th century and was often used for epigrams in the 18th century. One source suggests the Huitain may have begun in Spain.
 The basic layout is:
Line length: 8 (French) or 10 (English) syllables
 Rhyme scheme: ababbcbc
Number of lines: 8

Linking to:
Real Toads ~ A Mini-Challenge for Sunday ~ A Monk's Tale ~ Huitain form
dVerse ~ Open Link Night ~ Anniversary Week

Yesterday Was Wrong

Yesterday's Dreams ~ Jack Vettriano

Waiting for
A funeral to unfold is
Hardly the time to feel

But then
There are times when

She gowned a black version of
Her dancing dress

The one she wore when
They shared 
Shaft of
Across a room

The one she wore
His marriage to
Her friend

Linking to:
Magpie Tales #126

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Point Leo Shadows

Boundary fence line round a lookout at Point Leo overlooking Port Phillip Bay

Regular line marks
Like a shadowy ladder
Waiting for climbing

Based on Antonella's digi at Quilling, Art and Expression

Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Swimming around at the Enchanted Maze Garden, Arthurs Seat

To swim with your thoughts
The luxury of time out
Without intruders

Linking to:
Weekend in Black and White

Friday, July 13, 2012

Bold Tiger Lily

No sun in my peninsula world at the moment.
So archived summer photos are in action.

A short lived flower
With dramatic stage presence
Like a pink leopard

Linking to:
Floral Friday

Waves of Dawn

Glowing waves of dawn
Like a moody sea on fire
Like breakers of light

Linking to:
SkyWatch Friday

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Row of Symbolic Posts?

A view of a part of London Bridge Ocean Beach on the Mornington Peninsula.
I understand why the fence on the left exists - to help walking down steep steps to the beach.
But why the isolated, unconnected posts along the sands?
Like a symbolic warning of unstable sands?

Enigmatic posts
Stirring some careful answers
Like lost boundaries

Linking to:
Thursday's Things in a Row 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Dreaming of heat...

Walking the wintry London Bridge Ocean Beach, Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula

Basking in winter
Braving icy sea breezes
Dreaming of lost heat

Linking to:
Sensational Haiku Wednesday ~ Heat
Ruby Tuesday 2

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Allison K. Bayne

Some weeks ago I mentioned that I would return to Crib Point Cemetery on the Mornington Peninsula.
It is now the Winter school holidays.
They began with lots of rain, but, at the first sign of sunlight, I returned to Crib Point.
This headstone attracted me immediately.
The setting of rain puddles - like mini wetlands - so suited the essence of this beautiful headstone.

The pelican, the kookaburra and the ring-tailed possum are all representative of our peninsula wildlife.

The frame of water and leaves captures this part of the peninsula so well.

I can't find details of her life.
All there seems to be is this presence of her beauty.

Kind loving lady
Mother Nature's messenger
In touch with her soul

Linking to:
Taphophile Tragics

Monday, July 9, 2012

Blue Machine

Travelling along the Nepean Highway near Rosebud yesterday, it was hard to miss the drama of blue on wheels!

Travelling in blue
Pocketful of sea and sky
Rolling Sunday wheels

Linking to:
Blue Monday

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

Pink Morning Mist

This is a wintry early morning view of the Safety Beach area with Mount Martha in the background.
You would barely believe that there are houses down there.
For some reason, the mist highlights the trees.

Sweet pink morning mist
Like a painted sunrise sea
Like a cloud of foam

Linking to:
SkyWatch Friday

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Row of Pylons

Nothing like a good solid row of pylons to hold a pier together.
This is Dromana pier on wintry Port Phillip Bay.

Pylons on pylons
Like some endless ladder rungs
Braving the sea moods

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Pink Ladies Kiosk

The Pink Ladies (the women are dressed in palest pink) was founded as an auxiliary in 1941 to provide services for patients and visitors and to raise funds for Frankston Hospital on the Mornington Peninsula.
The first president, Edna Vincent, received an MBE in 1964.
She was president for an amazing 58years until she died in 1999.
These older women are a smiling delight, a ray of happiness in the kiosk near the entrance of Frankston Hospital.
There are now nearly 100 volunteers.
There is also a Pink Ladies group, further south on the peninsula, at Rosebud Hospital.
It began in 1988 and has 53 members.
The president there, Claire Duffus, received a Health Volunteer Award in 2009 for initiating an Op Shop at the hospital.

The Pink Ladies gift
When pain fractures the spirit
A smiling kind face

Linking to:
Signs, Signs

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


At New Year, Sydney Australia always puts on a great firework display on Sydney Harbour.
The Harbour Bridge is always a focal point.
Now I am in Melbourne, I can only take photos - like this one - from the TV!

Exploding surprise
A riddle of night colours
Passing ornaments

Linking to:
Tackle It Tuesday - Fireworks

Sydney George Branstone Crabb

At first, it was just the simple but creative framing of this headstone at Mornington Cemetery on Port Phillip Bay which attracted me.
But then I noticed that there was no birth date for Sydney Crabb.
There was no mention that Jan. 1st 1928 was a date of death.
Perhaps that explains the words beneath the date:
Still living 
Still loving 
Still ours
Trove revealed that Sydney George Branstone Crabb was a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy.
Rootsweb revealed that he was born in 1884 and was one of 6 children born to Charles and Maria Crabb in England.
He married Gertrude in England.
They married on 3rd December 1914 in Dover.
(On the marriage certificate, Sydney's father Charles George is listed as retired from the Royal Navy.)
They had two sons.
One was Gordon John Branstone Crabb C.B.E.  D.S.C.
He was born in 1917 in London but came to Australia in 1920.
(That means Sydney came to Australia in 1920.)
He attended Melbourne Grammar.
During World War II, he served on the HMAS Napier as a lieutenant.
In May 1941, this Australian destroyer was one of several ships which played a major role in the evacuation of Australian troops from Crete.
In 1973, Gordon was listed with the navy as Rear Admiral.
He was on the naval board as Chief of Naval Supply and Works.
More incredible details of his service record till he died in 2001 are HERE!
The other son, Charles MacVean Branstone Crabb, competed in the 1933 Head of the River for Melbourne Grammar.
I can't seem to find more on his life.
It seems that "all-things-water" are in the blood of this family.

I ache for tall ships
The lonely seas and the sky
Sea fever is mine
- with apologies to John Masefield

The framing of the grave seems old, but the headstone seems far more new.
Is there another story here?

Linking to:
Taphophile Tragics

Monday, July 2, 2012

She was Ophelia...

Ophelia by Odilon Redon

Sleeping young face melting in 
Some oasis rain puddle
Some random fallen leaves
And flowers

The relentless sun
The last light
Burns the cursed moment

 Linking to:
Magpie Tales #124
Poetry Pantry #105

NOTE: For those who think I have re-invented the Ophelia story, I have not.
Instead, I looked at Redon's image and thought he seemed to capture the shape of a rain puddle.
And that's where my idea began.
As if, like a mirage, (my opening word) the innocent face of Ophelia appears in the rain puddle.
Like a brief, legendary moment has surfaced, re-incarnating her final moments, until the sun dries up the puddle, and she is gone once again.
Ophelia's story remains intact.

Used to be yellow...

Two years ago, the Tourist Information Centre at Dromana used to glow with yellow.
Now the walls have been painted grey with yellow features.

Once a sunny world
Now a serious grey shade
With hints of yellow

Linking to:
Mellow Yellow Monday

Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Touch of Koan

Autumn calls the leaf to fall
The leaf assumes the final dance of colour
Snug on a velvet chair a book waits to be loved
Some leaves turn to gold

Linking to:
Real Toads ~ A Mini-Challenge for Sunday ~ Koan

Warm Shadows


Some warming shadows
Like a bunch of sweet ideas
Waiting to colour

Linking to:  



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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