One Word Photo Challenge: Cerulean

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South American fan – gift from my good friend Chrissi

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Shopping basket – another gift from my good friend Chrissi

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Cerulean sky in my painting I painted long ago.

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Crystal bowl- family heirloom


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On the Terrace (SunWinks! 14 September 2014: Gently Down the Stream)

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Late afternoon
On the terrace

The sun is warming my back
He’s facing me, eyes shut
A jackhammer in the distance
Drrrr drrrr drrrr drrrr drrrr
A drill in the neighbour’s house
Then a hammer
Bang bang bang
Rainbow lorikeets are holding a meeting
Noisy buggers
Our canary is tweeting inside
Sweet bird
Still with us
Although very old
I look up
A jet plane in the blue sky
High above
A white speck
Gliding by quietly


A siren’s blaring in the distance
Coming closer
Then it stops
Someone’s hurt
No doubt

Peaceful afternoon
On the terrace


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Cupid’s Game – Haiga

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I just composed this haiku for a friend. Love is in the air for her.

What about you?


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PART 1 of ANMEF campaign to seize German New Guinea in 1914  


Excellent post, well researched!

Originally posted on Love and War:

Blooded in German New Guinea

Note that in writing this post, as primary sources are hard to obtain, I drew on information from internet sources that contained inconsistent data. I attempted to use the information that appeared to be consistent. (References supplied and sources cited in Part 2)

It was not during the landing at Anzac Cove in 1914 that Australian soldiers were blooded in WW1.  It was on 11th September 1914, on the road to Bita Paka in German New Guinea.


This account focuses on the important events of the Australian amphibious expedition of the force called the ANMEF in 1914 that seized German New Guinea and the territories of its protectorate, amounting to 100. 000 sq miles of land, stretching from German New Guinea mainland to Admiralty Islands, New Ireland, Bougainville and Nauru.


August 1914.  Map of New Guinea.  The German controlled areas are shown in…

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A Poem is like an Orange (SunWinks! 7 September 2014 – Shuffle)


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An orange is a fruit.
Fruit it is with pips.
Pips, pips, pips and
Juicy orange flesh

It is full of vitamin C.
It is good for you.

Orange juice is an orange juiced, with no pips.
It is good for you, too.

A poem is not an orange.
No. No. We all know that.


A poem is the product of a juice: the creative juice.
It is an orange in reverse.


Yes. It swirls in your heart and brain.
It swirls in juicy swirls.
It swirls in juicy rainbow colours.

It is good for you, too.

So let the colours flow.
Let them flow unhindered.
Orange, yellow, purple, blue and green.
Let them flow.

Let them flow, flow, flow and flow.
Catch them as they flow
On the go.

Catch them in a poem.


I was trying to shuffle, but half way through describing an orange the idea about the creative juice occurred in my mind and this poem is what I ended up with.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Contrasting Colours

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Illawara Flame Tree, Balmoral, Australia. (red, green)

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Bird of Paradise in my garden, Sydney, Australia. (orange, blue)

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Camelia in my neighbour’s garden. (pink, yellow)

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Sunday Stills Challenge: Clouds

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Dreams On My Pillow, by Irina Dimitric (A book review)


Thanks, Pam, for the lovely review of my book. Much appreciated.

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I’ve come to love Irina and her poems. She has become a master of the various poetry styles and has even developed a style of her own.

Her book, Dreams on my Pillow, took me through her life, filled with wacky fun, sadness, happiness and all that goes with growing up.

I think my favorite was about her experience during World War II, The Air Raid. Her father was in a German POW camp; she running with her sugar rations to shelter as the warning sirens blared. This one put me on the edge of my seat.

For all of those that love poetry, I highly recommend this book. It’s a page turner and a keeper.

You can find both paperback and eBook on Xlibris:

Softcover link:

or on Amazon at

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Fair Dinkum – Poem for Saturday Writing Essential: August 30, 2014

Fair Dinkum


Dinkum Aussie words

Aussie lingo

Tweak long ones

Or chuck them out

Keep fair dinkum

Shortish ones


G’day, mate

How ya going?


Bonzer, mate.


Fair dinkum?


Fair dinkum, mate.


Let’s have a middy, my shout.


Nah, the missus will be mad.


C’mon, old bastard, just the one.


Nah, the missus will be mad

Mad as a cut snake.

Me brekkie’s set.

Next time, mate. Next time.


This arvo, then?


Yeah, this arvo.


Fair dinkum?


Fair dinkum, mate.


Ripper, you little beauty!




Aussie Lingo – Australian Slang


Dinkum, fair dinkum – true, genuine

Bonzer – great, ripper

Middy – 285 ml beer glass in New South Wales

Missus – wife

Bastard – term of endearment

Mad as a cut snake – very angry

Brekkie – breakfast

Arvo – afternoon

Beauty – great, fantastic



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This Week’s Challenge:

Using prose or poetry, write a (very) short story in which all the words have only one or two syllables. Your option, but if you want to add another dynamic to the challenge, no sentence should have more than ten words.

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My Book “Dreams On My Pillow” Published by Xlibris

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My book of poetry, including some photos, was published about two months ago, but I kept it under wraps until the publisher dropped the price of the printed copy as promised. It is now available in Xlibris Bookstore at $US20.16, and hopefully Amazon and Barnes & Noble will soon update their price to reflect the change.

It took me two and a half months to prepare the manuscript for submission, as I was doing this for the first time and found formatting to be quite a tricky business since I wanted my poem and the photo to appear on the same page. There was some toing and froing the following two weeks regarding the formatting and minor corrections, but Xlibris representatives were at all times co-operative and willing to make the necessary changes according to my wishes.

It was a very intensive learning process, not without occasional swearing at my computer or the program that didn’t allow me to do things in a simpler way. Big sigh.

But Xlibris designers have done a great job! When the sample copy arrived, I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled to bits to be holding in my hands the first book of my poetry, accompanied by a photo here and there – a book in full colour on glossy paper! ’Yippee!’ I exclaimed. ‘It’s beautiful’, my husband said. ‘I’m very proud of you.’ My late mother would have been proud too.

This book is very much a tribute to my Facebook and Gather friends, who inspired me to write poetry on a regular basis, providing challenges and mentoring. The title of the book is the title of the poem on Page 28, which was written as a response to a challenge ‘write a poem about winter’. But in the hot Sydney summer I could only dream of winter, remembering my childhood white winters in the Northern Hemisphere.

When crashed at the end of April last year, I started blogging on WordPress. Many of my Gather friends regrouped on Facebook and some joined WordPress. So I’ve dedicated my book not only to my family, but also to both my friends in the flesh and my cyber friends. I’ve met many talented bloggers on WordPress and I’m so happy to be able to interact with you, dear bloggers from all over the world, and to continue to learn through your interesting posts.

“Dreams On My Pillow” is also available in e-book format. If you look it up online, you’ll learn more about the content. And if you decide to buy it, I hope you’ll enjoy it.

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Cheers :) Irina

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