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A Journey

When we visited Broome, up in the Kimberley (northern Western Australia) in March, we took a day tour by light plane with a small tour group up to the Horizontal Falls.  If you’re interested, here is a site that tells you a little of the falls.



We took some spectacular photos from the air.  I wrote a poem that fits nicely with the photograph, although I didn’t write it to coincide with it!  The poem is rather long, so I had to make the print quite small, hoping it can be read and interpreted properly.  It is coming into winter here in a month, the rain is pattering on our roof, we haven’t had any in really long time, and it has been a very long summer, at least here in the West.  Blessings to all!

A Journey




I have posted this poem in the past; it is made up of several haiku poems I wrote on camels that I decided to join together.  They seem to flow well.  The photo was taken in Broome, Western Australia, on Cable Beach.  I last posted that my husband and I had our 25th wedding anniversary in March.  We rode down the beach on camels in our hippie garb, to meet our celebrant, who did a wonderful job helping us to have a memorable renewing of our vows ceremony!  Our photographer did a wonderful job capturing every moment too!  It was one of many delightful occasions that my dear husband and I have shared over the last 25 years, and knowing that there are many more to come!



My husband and I had our 25th wedding anniversary last month. We had planned from the beginning to have our 25th up in Broome (northern Western Australia) riding in on camels, on the amazing Cable Beach.  We have lots of photos, but I haven’t been able to express in words the amazing time we had, and as those who read my posts know, I like putting poetry to photographs.  We spent a week in tropical paradise, I did not want to return to ordinary life again (but, who does when experiencing a wonderful holiday anyway)!?  All is good, and many more wonderful memories have been added to our catalogue called “LIFE”!

This photo was taken on Cable beach.   The poem has nothing to do with our trip; more to do with being met with negativity, when attempting to encourage others who cannot seem to look past current circumstances.  It seems that the more one tries to give a positive view, another negative gets thrown into the ring; and sadly that’s all it becomes, a vicious cycle (circle) of self absorption and discontentment.  Getting off the island may be seemingly impossible, until the leap into the ocean is taken, and the exhilaration of possibilities to come brings forth a euphoria only freedom of choice, and taking on new challenges and adventures brings!



Perfect Design

I know, I know!   Another month has passed, my first blog for the month has finally arrived!  It has been a busy one, and coming up to Christmas too, wonderful, I love this time of year.  Only one more week before an Aussie summer begins, spring has well and truly set in, rain has ceased!  I haven’t taken photos, or written too much this month; this is the first time I have had time to stop and reflect.  I am rehashing a much loved photo of an orb spider in her web (Charlotte perhaps) for this new poem I have just finished.  It took a while this time; generally I can write poetry very quickly.  My mind has been bombarded with work, life and a new grandson.  I still struggle with the fact that I am 48 next week and a grandmother, and our grandson is turning one years old next week too!  We are off to Melbourne for his birthday party next weekend; a long way to go for a weekend, but worth the trip.  Being in Perth, Western Australia has some minor downfalls; we are the most remote city in the world.  If a band comes to Perth from the USA or UK, it is a big deal, although it is less of a problem now.  It is just so far to come from the Eastern States…. I love the remoteness most times though.  The long drives to the country, the clean city, less traffic than Melbourne and Sydney, and more bush land left for wilderness.  Here is my well overdue poem, I hope all enjoy!

Perfect design


It has been a full week since I have posted anything. We are all caught up in the whirlwind of life at times; work, family, friends.  Sometimes it’s nice to just sit down and breathe.  I just had one of these moments to sit and THINK!  I went through photos from our Melbourne (Australia) trip.  We had the chance to see our son, daughter in law and grandson (man it makes me feel old, saying grandson, and I’m not even 50 yet!)  We went to the Melbourne zoo; and although I’m not particularly fond of zoos, it was a lovely family outing.  I just scribbled this poem, and found that this photo my husband took was very well suited.  The beautiful ape sitting, having a snack and contemplating, really moved me.


I love this quote from Abraham Lincoln, it is another favorite of mine. I connected it to a photograph a friend took on our journey into Patuet, South Sudan. We had to walk for three hours to reach the village, as the plane couldn’t land on the dirt airstrip, because it was too short. The second time we went, the airstrip had been extended, so we didn’t have to walk. This photo is amazing though; it was worth the agony, blisters and all. Watching the women doing their daily chores, collecting water, with children and livestock in tow. We do have it easy, don’t we!

Abraham Lincoln quote

Learning a new language

I am taking on a new task, in my already jam-packed life!  I have decided to learn a new language….. I know, you are most likely wondering, WHY?
My Father was (he is no longer with us) from Malta; I have always had a yearning to go to Malta, and to learn the language.  Dad tried to teach me; but my bad stutter as a child/adolescent, and fear of speaking more than a few words at a time, even in English, hampered my drive to learn.  I have since mastered the stutter (for a long while now actually, except on a bad day, then it occasionally returns with gusto.  Nothing that deep breathing and a nice cuppa tea can’t remedy)!  So I have decided to push through.  I am using an online language learner ‘italk’, as there are no Maltese language classes in Perth,  Australia (I guess it’s not as popular as Italian or Spanish).  I have also been using  Google Translate.  I know the basics that I picked up from dad (although, swearing doesn’t count, considering I prefer not to curse in English, let alone another language). 🙂  So….  
kif int ħbieb tiegħi (how are you my friends) and  jixtiequ me Xorti fl-vjaġġ ġdida tiegħi (wish me luck in my new journey).
I have also been looking at villas and townhouses in Malta (my husband raised his eyebrows when I showed him a property).  Looking at a holiday home/rental property.  I found a really nice one in St. Paul’s Bay; (my hubby happens to be named Paul too).  Here are some photos I got from this site: http://www.propertymaltadirect.com/real_estate_pages/1608-10o.htm

Footsteps of the Eternal Pioneer

I wrote this poem on the fly this afternoon, it just poured out of me.  Hoping you all enjoy it!  Cheers, Sharon….




(Sharon Hughes 2012)

Not belonging, disconnected from this reality.

Haphazard certainty, buried in philosophies;

suffocating the reason for being. Twisting

the truth, creating paths leading to nowhere.

A narrow, simple path rejected by the masses.

Silence – listen to the call, gentle echoes.

The multitudes caress a pseudo ‘peaceful

persuasion’. Warring aimlessly within;

mocking a certainty seemingly too simple

to embrace. Creation will not relinquish

verity…..’the stones will cry out…’

‘The heavens declare the glory of God…’

Seductive half-truths quench our desire

for knowledge. Questioning this reality

stimulates a wisdom that has been buried

in ‘red tape’- slumbering hapless souls….

Awaken us sweet truth, afore our decaying

shells. Vessels of clay with hearts of stone.

Busselton Sunset (photo taken by Sharon Hughes)

Australia Day Long Weekend

I was given the opportunity to take a 4 day long weekend for Australia Day (January 26th for those not from Australia).  We headed down the south coast of WA, to Busselton to go camping and fishing.  We took some great photos of our trip.  It takes around 2 ½ to make the journey, and is well worth it!  I love the Australian coast, the outback, the rainforests, the eucalypt and banksia woodlands (everything about our extreme land really)!  The trip was a bit of a double-edged sword; cementing the fact that all I want to do now is to retire and spend the rest of my life travelling with my husband, running his fledgling fishing business (sustainable of course), and going off and doing aid projects and volunteer work whenever I want to.  I am torn really….. Still in my mid-40s, with 3 adult children (well our 17 year old is almost fully self-reliant) still all at home; with a mortgage and at least 20 to 30 years of a career in science still on the horizon….. (What to do)?  Nevertheless, I have a great family, a good job and an amazing God leading the way.

We caught some Blue Manna Crabs (Portunus pelagicus) for one of our meals, and another camper (all of whom were incredibly friendly) shared a Tailor (Pomatomus saltatrix) fish from his catch with us.  Every single person who went fishing, fished for food and only took what they needed and bigger than the minimum size limits (this, and the fact that everyone kept each other in line impressed me).   We met people from all over the place in this one little camping ground.  A young couple with a toddler from Holland, travelling around Australia in a camping van, a German couple, some Japanese and Swiss folks (all travelling Australia in cars, vans and caravans).  We also met some great folks from Perth, taking the Australia Day long weekend off to enjoy the south west like us.

The 145-year-old Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere, measuring 1841 metres (almost 2kms); it is one of Australia’s most unique eco-tourism sites.  We have taken some good photos of the jetty, it is an amazing walk; and for those who can’t take the walk down to the end and back, a little shuttle train is available for a fun ride (we walked it several times over the weekend, a mean feat in heat ranging from 37⁰C to 40⁰C).  Anyway, enjoy the photos, we enjoyed the time away!  Back to the hustle and bustle of real life tomorrow!

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