Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day, a day of romance, is a perfect day to announce that my book, published by Lulu.com in October 2018, is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Although this book is more about war than romance, romance is not far away when Bogdan meets Tatyana Firsova, a beautiful Russian volunteer nurse.

You can go to my Author Page:


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In 1920, Bogdan was awarded the Albanian Commemorative Medal for the withdrawal of the Serbian Army through Albania in the harsh winter of 1915 – “Albanska Spomenica”, on a green ribbon. In 1916, he was awarded tw0 Russian St. George medals for bravery.

I hope to start working on the e-book soon.  Just need a little bit of rest. 🙂

© Copyright 2019 Irina Dimitric

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Mary is the name on all our lips today (Mary Oliver)

Reblogging this beautiful tribute to Mary Oliver by Benita H. Kape 💖


backyardOn the Loss of a Poet who said:

“the tree is my sister”

                        Mary Oliver

Mary is the name on all our lips today;

those who love nature,

those who love poetry,

geese and ponds, snow –

things that are gentle

like all things in nature.

She gave us a thousand mornings

in but one poem

in many; spring mornings

or snow. She knows the sea

will go on doing its work.

And she is with Molly now.

Benita H. Kape © 19.1.2019

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Merry Christmas to Orthodox Christians


Merry Christmas to all Orthodox Christians who celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on 7 January according to the Gregorian calendar, which is in fact 25 December according to the Julian calendar observed by the Orthodox Churches.
Jesus Christ teaches us to show Love, Compassion and Forgiveness for each other.
When you are of mixed ethnicity, you are blessed to celebrate Christmas twice. My table is ready for the second celebration with an icon I had painted on glass in reverse a few years ago. Some of my loved ones will be with us in spirit.

❤ May God’s Love and Peace embrace the whole World! ❤

©Copyright 2019 Irina Dimitric

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New Year’s Eve Resolution

On New Year’s Eve I’m bidding good riddance to bad habits and bad company.
The innocent-looking white cockatoo will not be welcome in 2019.
I love his fluffy white feathers, his cocky yellow crest and his black eye eyeing me cheekily…

… but that big black beak of his does wreak havoc on my balcony.

I will feed the genteel lorikeets, but there will be no feast for the white beast!

I will feed them on the railing and clean it up spotlessly clean after their meal so as not to leave any trace of the enticing seeds.

Amen!!! 🙂

Happy New Year everyone! ❤ I wish you a lot of success with your New Year’s resolutions, in case you’ve made any.

©Copyright 2018 Irina Dimitric

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Tonight is the Holy Night

Holy Night – Triolet

Tonight is the Holy Night
Christ the Saviour born unto us
Blessed is the holy sight
Tonight is the Holy Night
To save our souls he’ll always fight
His healing Love a sacred gift to us
Tonight is the Holy Night
Christ the Saviour born unto us

I wrote this poem two years ago and posted it with a photo of the Nativity scene I took in our local shopping centre. This time I chose a photo my mother kept framed in a silver frame on her bedside table. It is a postcard she got from my father before I was born and is one of the many postcards he collected when he was in Italy. This one is from the Galleria Pitti in Florence: Madonna della Seggiola by Raphael.

Wishing you joy at Christmas and may peace and goodwill be with you all through the coming year. ❤

© Copyright 2018 Irina Dimitric

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Jacaranda Tree Still In Bloom – Haiku

Blue heavenly blooms

Dazzle  in the morning sky

December delight


Some Jacaranda trees produce foliage and flowers at the same time. I have noticed that these trees are the last to shed their flowers. While the other Jacarandas have already gone bare, this one in my street hasn’t even shed a single flower. Oh well, I might be exaggerating a bit. There may be a spent flower here and there, but there’s no blue carpet on the ground.  I’ll keep an eye on this tree and note down when I notice some more flowers on the footpath. Until then, let’s enjoy this magnificent Jacaranda tree!


Happy weekend to all from warm and sunny Sydney! 🙂

Copyright © 2018 Irina Dimitric

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Agapanthus – Haiku – FOTD December 1, 2018

The flower of love
In full bloom – agapanthus
Embraces summer

What a gorgeous, sunny day in Sydney for the first day of summer in Oz! Even more appreciated after stormy weather, torrential rain and flooding in my neighbourhood only three days ago.

Yesterday was a fine day, too, and I took these photos of agapanthus in my neighbours’ gardens. I looked up “agapanthus” on Google, and for the first time learnt that its name is derived from Greek agape, love, and anthos, flower, hence my haiku for the first day of summer.


Peek a boo!


Soaking up the sun…


Feeling great as I am, in no hurry to grow up!


Wishing you all a happy weekend filled with love and the warmth of the sun or the cosy fireplace! 😊

Visit Cee’s “Flower of the Day” challenge: https://ceenphotography.com/2018/11/30/fotd-december-1-2018-waterlily/


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FULL CIRCLE – My Dad, a Volunteer in WWI

To mark the centenary of the ARMISTICE of 1918 that ended WWI on 11 November, I am thrilled to announce I managed to self-publish my book this year! I nearly gave up twice. The main headache was formatting, but Allie, the consultant at LuLu.com, was very helpful and Sasha, my husband, gave me moral support all the way. I’m very grateful to both. The book will be available for purchase before Christmas, I was told.

Having fun creating pictures for ads!

Or this ?

Back Cover

Bogdan’s Serbian Passport

Bogdan in Russia serving in the Imperial Russian Army and studying medicine at Moscow University when on leave.

From the book:

“Dear reader, this book does not aspire to be a comprehensive historical account of WWI or any other period in history, but rather it is an account of historical events which had shaped my father’s life and character, providing a framework for his journey at the time of that great global upheaval. I hope that you will follow his odyssey with interest and compassion and be filled with optimism that evil will always be conquered by brave men and women of goodwill.”

Lest we forget!

Copyright © 2018 Irina Dimitric



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Aloe Vera

“Like Aloe vera soothing balm
Forgiveness soothes the wounded heart”

Native to the Arabian Peninsula, Aloe Vera prospers in my garden.

It prospers well without much care.

May the Nature’s gift be blessed!

Wishing you all a happy and blessed week!

Copyright © 2018 Irina Dimitric

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Always forgive your enemies


Have you ever thought of forgiveness as the ultimate revenge?

Oscar Wilde hit the nail on the head. Not only did he find release in forgiving his enemies, but he also enjoyed seeing their unease of being forgiven for the unspeakable anguish and torment they had caused him.

Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge! 🙂

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