Remembering Sydney 2000 Olympics



To some, it doesn’t seem like 20 years ago. To me, it seems like 100 years ago! Both Sasha and I were so much fitter in those days! I remember I had both hips replaced that year, first in April and then in November. Sasha was so busy with the Olympics, being Technical Manager for Handball (European Handball) which he introduced to Australia in 1983, that he had hardly had any time for me. But I had a good time at Greenwich Hospital rehab, where in addition to regular exercises I demonstrated my belly dancing skills as well.

Aleksandar Sasha Dimitric

 



That was then.

Yesterday, we each survived a silly fall. I was the first to go for a sixer in the evening, landing on my face after tripping over an electrical cord. That feeling of helplessness and looming disaster when you’re flying and can’t stop it! And what a relief when you realise you didn’t break any bones and all your teeth are still keeping strong in your mouth! My upper lip is a bit bruised, that’s all. Ok, my back hurts a bit, but other than that I’m as fit as a fiddle, an old fiddle, mind you.

Sasha’s fall was stupid too. Despite my warnings, he regularly fails to lock his walker. So, last night when he reached for it, it rolled away from him!!! He found himself on the ground with the walker on top of him! His left calf is badly bruised, but nothing broken, hallelujah! Miracle!

This reminder might help. 🙂



Miracles do happen! We are two miracles. Two old fools too. Let’s just hope we’ve learned our lessons.

Sasha at the dentist recently. 🙂

 

This morning he said to me: “You know, your fall last night makes me feel so much better about myself.” And we both cracked up laughing.

We are counting our blessings today! ❤ ❤ 

 

Hope all is well with all of you bloggers! Take care and stay safe! ❤ 

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Love is … Cee’s FOTD Challenge, 13 September

Yellow Daisy

FOTD – September 11 – Rose with raindrops

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Bird of Paradise – Haiku – FOTD Challenge

FOTD – August 27 – Dahlia

Bird of Paradise

Take me on your vibrant wings

To a cheerful land

I haven’t been here for a long long time. I hope you are keeping your spirits up despite the Covid-19 calamity that has been causing so much grief all over the world.

As for me, I’m trying to catch up on sleep every day ever since my husband’s health problems started in November 1919. He’s had a few surgeries, spent a long time in rehab and came home at the end of February 2020, just in the nick of time before the Covid-19 pandemic panic. Now, our social life consists of visiting doctors! Being elderly and  not very healthy, we are advised to stay at home. Luckily, we live in a house with a garden and enjoy sitting in the sun, admiring the flowers around us and listening to the birds singing and chirping. A nurse comes to dress Sasha’s diabetic ulcer  three times a week, and kind friends do small errands for us, but the bulk of our shopping is done online or by phone and delivered. Counting our blessings keeps us going. 

I don’t know when I’ll appear here again. In the meantime, I wish everyone all the best and stay safe. 

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Happy Mother’s Day 2020! -Haiku- FOTD Challenge, 10 May





Flowers, phone calls, cards
Virtual hugs for mothers
Corona commands

(haiku)

https://ceenphotography.com/2020/05/09/fotd-may-10-peony/

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The Air Raid – Celebrating the End of WWII 75 Years Ago on 8 May


THE AIR RAID

When I was nine years old, the war was on.
The enemy drowning fast at last; the end
Was near, but first the Allies had to bomb
Our town to drive the fiend aground, and so
We hid below in shelters, praying loud
While bombs were shaking walls and breaking hearts
And windows; I was always first to grab
My bag with sugar when the siren howled,
Then ran as fast as arrow; sheltered well
Beneath, I thought; the drone of bombers near,
Then whizz through air, then once again, three times
Before the end — the siren shrilling flat.


With my mother during WWII. This photo was sent to my father, a POW in Lamsdorf, Germany. 

Cosel Doctors – Lamsdorf – Stalag VIIIB/344

Back row from left: Dr B. Smith, Scotland; Dr J. Rigal, France; Dr T. Atkins, Australia; Dr A. Bazin, Russia

Front row from left: Padre L.G. Tudor, South Africa; Dr R.K. Webster, Great Britain; Dr B. Stojic, Yugoslavia; Dr N. Rose, Australia



I chose to repost this poem as this year we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. My father was in a POW camp in Germany from 1941 t0 1945, and while the bombs were falling on us in Zagreb, he was trudging through deep snow with his mates, forced to march at gunpoint with the retreating German army for about four months before being liberated by the Americans in Nuremberg on April 17, 1945. This poem won The Poem of the Week award in Susan Budig’s Mindful Poetry Contest 2013. The challenge was to write a poem about our childhood in blank verse and iambic pentameter. It now appears in my book Dreams on my Pillow.

Check out my Author Page at:
https://www.amazon.com/author/irinadimitric

The world has been turned into turmoil  by COVID-19, but I keep telling myself, “Thank God, bombs are not falling from the sky!” 

Take care! Stay safe! ❤


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ANZAC DAY, 25 April – PANDEMIC 2020

Tomorrow, on ANZAC DAY, I will remember my father and his WWI and WWII mates with admiration and a grateful heart. To all the brave men and women who had put their life on the line so that we could live in freedom I say a big THANK YOU. This includes the veterans of recent wars.

I used to watch my father march, and when he passed away, I always watched the ANZAC MARCH on ABC TV.

This year, there won’t be any marches. The invisible enemy will keep us firmly in lockdown. Yet, ANZAC DAY will be celebrated, and we will be able to participate online. The spirit of ANZAC will live on forever and ever.

LAST WE FORGET!

This book was published in 1918 and is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The second edition was recently published. An E-book will soon be available too.

The back of the medals: 2 Russian St. George medals for bravery and “Albanska Spomenica” – the Albanian Commemorative Medal for the withdrawal of the Serbian Army through Albania

My father was 23  in 1916 when he got the Russian medals for bravery for giving first-aid under fire. Here’s an excerpt from the book:

When I asked him whether he was afraid, he simply said: ‘You just do your duty, you don’t think about danger to yourself’.  Then he paused and added: ‘Once, however, when a man next to me came down, and I saw his skull open up, brain spilling out, a thought occurred in my mind, “This could have been me…”.’  (Full Circle, First Edition, p 99)

He was lucky. He survived both world wars and lived to a ripe age of 101.

If you are interested, there’s a link on my Author Page at:

https://www.amazon.com/author/irinadimitric

If you happen to purchase and read my book, and enjoy writing reviews, I would very much appreciate a short review. ❤

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Blue, Green and Red – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Week 5

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https://ceenphotography.com/2020/04/14/cees-fun-foto-challenge-week-5-pick-a-topic-from-this-photo/

Multicoloured Rainbow Lorikeets enjoying sunflower seeds ❤

 

Yummy water melon for me 🙂

 

Pretty Australian Native ❤

 

Mural at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia adorned with flags for the celebration of the 130th anniversary in 2018. ❤

The hospital doctors and staff have saved my husband’s life more than once and fixed my broken femur in 1918. Forever grateful! ❤

The hospital is now ready to receive COVID-19 patients. May they be blessed! ❤

 

Copyright (C) Irina Dimitric 2020

 

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Happy Easter! – Haiku – FOTD Challenge

It was a glorious, sunny Easter Sunday in Sydney, Australia. Although the nasty Corona virus forces us to stay at home, stepping out into the garden was such a privilege. There wasn’t a single cloud in the sky. I took this photo and composed a haiku about the pretty Bahama Senna bush.

IMG_20200412_140614_556 Bahama Senna signed

Bahama Senna

Golden blooms against blue skies

Easter Sunday joy

Today, we are reminded that Light overcomes Darkness.

Copyright (C) 2020 Irina Dimitric

Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge

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Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Week 1 – Get Outside

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On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Week 1 – Get Outside

Summer Joy

These photos were taken last year in January at Balmoral Baths, Sydney, Australia. Although I can’t walk on the beach anymore, I enjoyed watching the young and old having fun in the water and on the sand.

With my husband still in hospital, I haven’t been to Balmoral this year. But as soon as he is up and about, we’ll return to our favourite spot for fish and chips and a leisurely walk along The Esplanade. 🙂

Happy weekend everyone! ❤

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Sunday Trees – 424 – Spotted Gum


https://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2019/12/29/sunday-trees-424/

Spotted gum,  an endemic Australian tree, is one of my favourites.  Its bark creates artwork that no artist can match. Well, that’s just my humble opinion. 🙂

Some close-ups…

I was tempted to peel off some of the bark… 🙂

It’s heartbreaking to watch on TV the raging bushfires across Australia destroying not only these beautiful trees, but also wild life and human properties. Spare a thought for everyone affected by this disaster, especially the heroic fire fighters . <)

Happy New Year everyone! And stay safe if you live in Australia in areas affected by the bushfires! ❤

(C) Copyright 2019 Irina Dimitric

 

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