Follow Only Beauty – Quote – Senryu

Khalil Gibran said

Follow only Beauty and

Obey only Love

And he also said:

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”

Wishing you all a happy and loving week! 🙂 ❤


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World Poetry Day 21 March – Bird’s Nest Banksia – FOTD


This is Bird’s Nest banksia or Banksia baxteri, an Australian Native flower.

And here’s a haiku for World Poetry Day, which was yesterday! 🙂

Happy Spring to fellow bloggers in the Northern Hemisphere! ❤

Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge


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My Heart Goes Out to Christchurch in New Zealand

This post is dedicated to the victims of the horrific massacres in two Christchurch mosques on Friday 15 March. A right-wing extremist filled with hate cut short the lives of many innocent, peaceful people. My sincere condolences to the bereaved families.

It will take a long time to heal. Hate cannot heal, only Love can. Yesterday, our Prime Minister Scott Morrison, visibly shaken, condemning the terrorist attacks in the strongest terms, urged us, “Hug each other tonight.”

As we mourn, let the sunshine, blue skies and flowers remind us that haters will never win.

©2019 Irina Dimitric

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day, a day of romance, is a perfect day to announce that my book, published by 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:

or the links below:

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. 🙂

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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! ❤

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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:


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