Life, People, Poetry

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.

http://www.kimberley-australia.com/kimberley-attractions/horizontal-falls/

horizontal_falls_seaplane_adventures_broome_tour_map

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

 

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Family, Life, People, Poetry

Camel

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!

Camel

Life, People, Poetry

Shipwrecked

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!

Shipwrecked

 

Animals, Environment, GOD, Poetry

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

Animals, Environment, Life, People, Poetry

Imagination

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.

Imagination

Africa, Aid, Life, People, Quotes

Quote of the day: Character is like a tree

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

Life, People

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