THE MEANING OF AUTUMN

AUTUMN whispers the tones of yesterday in a minor key ~ Gemma Wiseman

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)

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tasmanian Cheese Signs


Cheeses from the Australian island of Tasmania feature on our supermarket dairy shelves.
King Island is offshore from Tasmania in Bass Strait but still is regarded as Tasmania.


Tasmanian cheese
Delectable in salads
Delightful alone


Linking to:
Signs, Signs


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Busy Waters


Young members of Dromana Surf Club preparing for a demonstration on Australia Day last Saturday!


Teaching the young ones
How to be safe in the surf
And still have some fun


Linking to:
Watery Wednesday II
Water World Wednesday

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ruby Drums


A drummer adding some colour to the Mornington markets held every Wednesday along the main street.
This market has been running for 30 years.


Drumming up colour
And textures of the streetscape
Like throbbing rhythms


Linking to:
Ruby Tuesday 2
Our World Tuesday


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Monday, January 28, 2013

I'm not into subtle...


Rarely are boat sheds an orange colour.
But this boat shed at Dromana beach likes to be different.


I'm proudly orange
I'm not into subtle words
I'm a bold statement


Linking to:
Mandarin Orange Monday


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Sunday, January 27, 2013

And the mood is???


A child at the Australia Day celebrations yesterday,  Dromana pier.


Not sure what I see
Not sure what I am tasting
Not sure what you want


Linking to:
Straight Out of the Camera Sunday
Monday Mellow Yellows

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In passing...



In passing I saw
Just humble carport shadows
Weave simple magic


Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2


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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Waiting! Waiting!


Today - Saturday 26th January - is Australia Day.
Here is a glimpse of some characters (last Australia Day 2012) lined up in a queue for a free breakfast at the Dromana pier celebrations.
Clearly they have means of being entertained while they wait their turn.


The buzz of Iphones
Did we really know the world
Before these gadgets





Linking to:
The Human Condition
Sunlit Sunday
Blue Monday


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Wonder of Rock


Rocky coastline at London Bridge Ocean Beach on the southern end of the Mornington Peninsula


Rugged rocky shape
Boldly weathers moody seas
Like a crouched dragon



It's Australia Day today!


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Weekend Reflections

Friday, January 25, 2013

Lighthouse and Masts


McCrae lighthouse framed by the masts of yachts at McCrae Yacht Club.
In the background (on the right) is the rising slope of the mountain Arthurs Seat.
History details of the McCrae lighthouse appear HERE on my Mornington Peninsula Daily blog.


Tall masts and lighthouse
Like spears rising to salute
God of metal light


Linking to:
SkyWatch Friday
Himmelsk


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Savoury Duck Deli


Sign above a shop in Main Street, Mornington
I'm just not sure about the name to entice customers.
What do you think?

Quirky dining name
The Savoury Duck Deli
A little quackers


Linking to:
Signs, Signs


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sea Bluer Than Sky!


Not often have I seen the sea so intensely bluer than the sky above.
But this happened at Rosebud beach recently!


I love blue waters
They radiate happiness
In the summer blues



Linking to:
Watery Wednesday II
Water World Wednesday

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Magical Coastline


Beautiful coastline round London Bridge Ocean Beach on the southern end of the Mornington Peninsula.
Mini waterfalls, strange rock shapes and pools abound!
And the surf is exciting!

So many wonders
If we only took some time
To just stand and stare



Linking to:
Ruby Tuesday 2
Our World Tuesday


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Monday, January 21, 2013

Surf Rake


This surf rake grades/cleans the sands.
It is usually active early in the mornings on Dromana beach - especially in the summer months.
It is dark green + an odd shade of pale greenish yellow.
But at least the light on the left side is distinctly yellow!


If only we could
Rake the flotsam and jetsam
Of our daily lives


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Sunday, January 20, 2013

I see whispers...


Summer shadows on a boat shed wall at Dromana beach


A wild fragile plant
Like soft visual whispers
Like furled fairy wings

Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2


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Saturday, January 19, 2013

It's Amost Australia Day!


Next weekend, on 26th January, is Australia Day.
Lots of family friendly activities are available at Dromana pier including a free community breakfast!
Here is a glimpse of one activity (Australia Day 2012) the younger children love!


Celebrate living
Get close to an animal
Get close to your soul


Linking to:
The Human Condition


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Double Spirit


At first, there seems to be nothing remarkable about this photo.
It's just a scenic shot on a sunny day of the lovely Spirit of Tasmania ferrying cars and passengers from Melbourne to Devonport in Tasmania.
(I took this shot from Dromana beach across Port Philip Bay!)
Not till I uploaded my photos of this ship did I notice something quite unexpected in a few of them!
A reflection of the boat's name captured far across the bay!

Fire ravaged island
Spirit of Tasmania
Proudly keeps sailing


P.S. I have been following the summer fire tragedy in Tasmania closely.
Dunalley, south of Hobart, was essentially wiped out.
HERE is a recent story that brought me to tears and prompted me to post this photo and haiku.

Linking to:
Scenic Weekends
Weekend Reflections


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Friday, January 18, 2013

Summer Morning Beach Views


A view of yesterday's summer morning at Balnarring beach on Westernport Bay, looking toward the Somers headland.
I so love low tide at the beach and the interesting rock pools that are left on the sands.


In water-logged sands
Seaweed, shells and odd rock shapes
Scenic wonderland


Linking to:
SkyWatch Friday
Himmelsk


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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Two Dogs Farm


A rather large property at Red Hill parades this unusual sign!
My warped sense of humour wondered if the "dogs" were four-legged or two???

Living on a farm
Evolves round long working hours
Managed by two dogs


Linking to:
Signs, Signs


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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cruising Port Phillip Bay


Enjoying the summer waters of Port Phillip Bay near Safety Beach


Just sailing along
Feeling the joys of summer
Like silent music


Linking to:
Watery Wednesday II
Water World Wednesday

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Southgate Beauty


A view of the Southgate complex overlooking the Yarra River, Melbourne
The red structure in the foreground is the dock for the Spirit of Melbourne - a dinner cruise


Cityscape beauty
The art of multi designs
And many people


Linking to:
Ruby Tuesday 2
Our World Tuesday

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Mellow Yellow Wine Glass


Here is a full view of my wine glass that featured in my Shadow Shot Sunday 2 post yesterday
and has become part of my Monday Mellow Yellows meme badge!


Radiating light
Strange how a humble wine glass
Can be beautiful

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Not Today Mr Death!


On Christmas Day 2010, at the Portsea Hotel, we found this poor bird's feet tangled in what seemed to be fine string (maybe discarded fishing line).
It was fluttering frantically in a bush.
My son and husband carefully held the bird and untangled it.
We were so pleased to see it fly away free!


Death's not the freeway
Terminating life struggles
It's just a side street


Linking to:
SOOC Sunday
Haiku Heights - Death

Wine Glass Shadows


My very large wine glass capturing the summer sun's rays.
(I usually use it as an ornament!)


Just a plain wine glass
Filling the shape of cupped hands
Gold shining in gold

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Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Greyed Reflections


Changing beauty of Martha Cove

Beauty of grey tones
Some hushed melting reflections
Subdued scenery

Linking to:
Scenic Weekends
Weekend Reflections

Friday, January 11, 2013

Hastings Summer Skies


Skies at Hastings on Westernport Bay


Wide canvas of clouds
A plain of gentle waters
A touch of mangroves


Linking to:
SkyWatch Friday
Himmelsk

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tunnel Rat


This sign was on the side window of a car parked in the Dromana Hub Shopping Centre carpark.
I had no idea what it meant, so I did some Googling.
I was shocked!
The sign referred to a unique group of Australian men who served in Vietnam.
The members of the Field Troops listed on our banner (3 Field Troop and 1, 2 &3 Troop of 1 Field Squadron) performed a unique role in Vietnam, and payed a heavy price for it. These men are the only Engineers who went out on four and six week-long operations with the Infantry and Armoured units. They fought alongside the Infantry plus they performed their additional tasks of mine and booby trap detection and clearing, bunker and tunnel searching and demolition, and bomb disposal. Of the 36 Royal Australian Engineers killed in Action in Vietnam, 35 came from the Field Troops (the one other KIA was an Engineer posted to the “Training Team” (AATTV).
Ref: Tunnel Rats
These engineers were withdrawn from Vietnam in November-December 1971.
More details of their activities in the Vietnam War are HERE!

Hot and dark tunnels
Trapdoors leading to levels
Brave men explored them

Linking to:
Signs, Signs

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lorikeet Feeding Young


Rainbow lorikeet feeding some apple from our apple tree to its young

High pitched squeeking sound
The sound of the hungry young
In lorikeet worlds



Linking to:
Wild Bird Wednesday
NatureFootstep Winged

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

St George the Martyr


This is St George the Martyr Anglican church at Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula.
The church was designed by Albert Purchas and built in 1863-6.
Purchas also designed the St George Uniting Church in St Kilda (1877-1880); was architect and surveyor to the Melbourne General Cemetery and designer of the Boroondara (Kew, Camberwell and Hawthorn areas) Cemetery from 1864.
In 1889, Purchas designed the cast iron entrance gates to the Boroondara Cemetery.
NOTE: It is claimed that St George church at Queenscliff is a pastiche of the 12th-13th century medieval church of St Giles in Skelton village north of Yorkshire. Ref: HERE

Sacred little world
Gathering of yesterdays
Spun in a building


A monochrome view of St George's old School Hall (or Parish Hall) is on my Saturday 5.1.13 post.

ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
With the demise of Mellow Yellow Monday, I have now begun
Monday Mellow Yellows
First post and links available HERE!

Linking to:
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Monday Mellow Yellows (first time!)
Our World Tuesday

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Wood and Light


Some art featured in a shop at Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula


Art of crafted woods
Grains and tones shine with beauty
A touch of leafed light

Art work has no script
There's just the creative urge
Shaping the vision



Linking to:
SOOC Sunday
Haiku Heights - Script

Melbourne Lamp Post Art


Artistic lamp post and shadows in Melbourne


Wondrous skill of art
It can evolve anywhere
And at any time



Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Saturday, January 5, 2013

St George's Old School Hall


This is the old school hall of St George the Martyr Anglican church at Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula.
The hall, designed by Albert Purchas, (as was the church), was built in 1870 just after the church of 1863-6.
Purchas also designed the St George Uniting Church in St Kilda (1877-1880); was architect and surveyor to the Melbourne General Cemetery and designer of the Boroondara (Kew, Camberwell and Hawthorn areas) Cemetery from 1864.
In 1889, Purchas designed the cast iron entrance gates to the Boroondara Cemetery.
NOTE: It is claimed that St George church at Queenscliff is a pastiche of the 12th-13th century medieval church of St Giles in Skelton village north of Yorkshire. Ref: HERE

Some older designs
Breathe a sweet sacred mystique
Touching the spirit


Linking to:
Weekend in Black and White

Friday, January 4, 2013

Patches of Cotton


Amazing summer morning cloud patterns over the Dromana Hills



Dramatic cloud worlds
Like wind blown cotton patches
Fragile soft beauty



Linking to:
SkyWatch Friday
Himmelsk

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Underground Cellars


This sign is "parked" outside a home tucked away at Red Hill.
The photo was taken in November 2010.
Now, when I Google the website mentioned in the sign, there is no link.
The only underground cellars is a company in nearby Main Street, Mornington, but there is no website for it.


Unexpected sign
A mysterious background
I feel a story


Linking to:
Signs, Signs

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Peewee Friend


This little peewee is becoming quite friendly, hanging close to our verandah for most of the day.
Rarely does he seem to be with others.


Black and white beauty
A little lonely spirit
Seeking company


Linking to:
Wild Bird Wednesday
NatureFootstep Winged

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia


A view of Melbourne from inside the Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square.
The centre has 20 galleries dedicated to Australian art over time.

As art time goes by
Recording creative souls
Needing a voice



Linking to:
Our World Tuesday

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A place of beauty in the Western Tiers

Tasmania

Tasmania
View near Blackwood Park Cottages, Mole Creek

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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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