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

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



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


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.

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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.


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:


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


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! ❤


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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

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


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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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Basically Two Colours

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Basically Two Colors

Merry Christmas! ❤ Red and green


Did you mail any Christmas cards this year?  ❤ Red and white


My husband has been in Emergency three times this year! May the hospital staff be blessed forever! ❤ Blue and red

Happy Holidays everyone! ❤

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Mufti and Pax


Peace be with you ❤


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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: All Sorts of Pets, Living to Stuff Animals to Pet Rocks

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Longing for Blue Skies (haiku)


Today in Sydney. I was going to visit my husband in hospital, but the smoke is choking me. We’ve never experienced anything like it before. He is fine in his airconditioned room. Please spare a thought and prayer for firefighters and farmers and everyone affected by these devastating bushfires. Pray for rain!


Longing for blue skies
When will this smoke nightmare end?
Winter, come back soon!

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