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, March 31, 2011

Happy Choices

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A sign in my Mornington Peninsula world representing some of its features!
Signs, Signs meme

A sign for time out
Galleries and wineries
Leisure and pleasure

Signs, Signs is hosted by Lesley

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Well of Wealth

Pic by Gemma wiseman ~ A decorative old well in a quiet corner of the Enchanted Maze Garden, Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
3WW #CCXXXIV ~ loud + persuasive + riches

Kindness and loving
Persuasive communal wealth
Well of loud riches

Hosted by Thom @ Three Word Wednesday

Swamp Hens

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Swamp hens drifting round the fringe of the wetlands in Boundary Road Reserve, Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
World Bird Wednesday #XIX

Shiny blue and black
Chunky red beaked wanderers
Beauty in wetlands

World Bird Wednesday is hosted by Springman

This Is A Kite?

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Kites are evolving into strange shapes. This is one at the recent Kite Festival, Rosebud, Mornington Peninsula
ABC Wednesday Challenge Round 8 ~ K is for Kite

Kite revolution
New fantasies on a string
Puppets on the wind


ABC Wednesday Challenge Round 8 is hosted by Mrs Nesbitt

Ornamental Blues

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Blue ornaments that have travelled many journeys with me.
The blue windmill is part of a set of ornamental salt and pepper shakers.
Midweek Blues meme

Whimsical features
A touch of romantic dream
Ornamental blues

Hosted by Rebecca Haegele @ The Dusty Cellar

Swimming Challenge

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Competitive swimming is always fun to watch!
Love all the textures and patterns in the water as the swimmers slice through the blue!
Watery Wednesday #133~

Challenging swimming
Still water energises
Exciting moments

Hosted by 2sweetnsaxy aka T. Bruce

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

House Sport Ruby

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Swimming carnivals provide the opportunity to wear some very strange, fun outfits representing house colours!
Ruby Tuesday meme

Ruby means Leaver
Glowing cheer at carnivals
Pride in a sport house

Hosted by maryt/the teach @ Work of the Poet

Monday, March 28, 2011

I Spy

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A macro of a kookaburra on my veranda in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Digital Fun Challenge #22 ~ Eye

A cute eye watching
Just a little feathered friend
Waiting and trusting

Hosted by BLOGitse

The Dog Was Having a Grand Time

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A little one watching me on my walk round Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula

Today's Prompt ~ First and Last
Today we will use the line...
The rules are you must use this as your first AND last line in your write, with no changes...

The dog was having a grand time
Romping and dashing around
Scattering piles of Autumn leaves
(We had just raked into mounds)

 Diving into the swimming pool
Now the beach ball has a new hole
Scrambling out to chase the cat
And piddle on the WET PAINT pole

And the clothes line gets attention
Such a tempting long long sheet
A skip and a jump
And a little bite
And a spin round the world is so neat

 But hey! Is that Mum and Dad shouting!
Stop! Drop!
What a great rhyme!
They love my wonderful talents

The dog was having a grand time

Today's Prompt is hosted by DL Dodge

Shining Gold

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A flower from last August 2010, just before the opening of Spring in Australia.
Mellow Yellow Monday #113
Today's Flowers #137

In a garden patch
Like a shining pot of gold
Mellow bright treasure

Hosted by Drowsey Monkey


Sunday, March 27, 2011


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Is this Shadow's opinion on being photographed or a coincidental yawn?
Pet Pride meme

It's all a big yawn
Photoshoots are not much fun
Wise gems from Shadow


Hosted by Bozo and magiceye @ Pets Forever

Lonely Super Moon

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A super moon in a starless sky over Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Haiku Heights #36 ~ Hush
One Single Impression #161 ~ Hollow

Lonely moon aura
Hollow hush in starless skies
Like a still in time

Haiku Heights is hosted by Leo

Hosted by Andrée and SandyCarlson

Butterfly Cinquain on Kites

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Unusual, grounded kite at the Kite Festival 2011, Rosebud, Mornington Peninsula
Dodge Writes ~ Today's Prompt ~ Butterfly Cinquain

Fanciful wings
Limping on wind-strummed threads
Connected mirrors of blue dreams
New kites
Like a watercolour jarlsburg
Flighty cameo space
Like fresh lanterns

Today's Prompt is hosted by JL Dodge

Silky Blues

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A view across Port Phillip Bay from the Mornington Peninsula.
Rosebud pier is in the foreground.
Scenic Sunday #140

Like a lake of dreams
Waiting for bright blue journeys
Silk invitation


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


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Whispers of flowers and sunlight and shadows still linger in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Shadow Shot Sunday #149

Whispers and secrets
Like returning to cocoons
Autumn symphonies

Hosted by Tracy @ Hey Harriet

Saturday, March 26, 2011

New York Rhythms

Friday Poetically @ One Stop Poetry ~ Picture Prompt of New York
I will be on my way to New York to represent you, our poets and readers, at the Shorty Awards. ~ Brian Miller

Large micro living
Crystal buzzing with spirit
New York vibrancy

Friday Poetically is hosted by Brian Miller @ One Stop Poetry

Tortured Subway Souls

Wordle by Gemma Wiseman

Dodge Writes ~ Today's Prompt ~ Use These Words
The rules are you must use at least 8 of the 10 words, as they are given, with no changes. You may do prose or any form of poetry.

Between heat and cold
Bold and banal questions merge
Is there a way out

Silvertongued glitter
Tortured subway souls jingle
Young enlightenment

Today's Prompt is hosted by JL Dodge

Nature's Banquet

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ First view at the entrance to the Enchanted Maze Garden, Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
Six Word Saturday

Nature's rich banquet nourishes dry souls.

Six Word Saturday is hosted by Cate

More Than a Pine Tree!

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A pine tree at the Enchanted Maze, Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula has a happy face!
Weekend in Black and White meme

Secret happy face
Always smiles in all weathers
A source of sunshine

Hosted by Dragonstar

Woven Reflection

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A reflection of a wall feature in the front window of a home in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
Weekend Reflections #79

Like woven brickwork
Like a textured tapestry
A curtained secret

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



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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