Teacher, blogger, YouTuber and author

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Oct

The power of video

A couple of years ago, I started making YouTube videos. We’d had some gorgeous sunsets and I was determined to freeze them in time. I also did a bit of bird watching and was amazed at what I learnt when I replayed my mini-movies. This is a video I took which I entitled: ‘Lightning at… continue reading »

10

Oct

The platypus

He glides along the river bed And shakes his head about. The clouds of silt like puffs of steam, He’s hungry, there’s no doubt! His bubbles blown are silk balloons, They billow beautifully. His aqua home, complex biome, Debris infused like tea. And then he swims up to the sun, He rolls around with glee…. continue reading »

09

Oct

Byron writers’ festival 2019

Back in August, I attended the 2019 Byron Writers’ Festival and was blown away by the quality, quantity and diversity of the speakers. From Peter Greste to Tim Flannery to Jess Hill, I was in awe of their confidence and conviction. The weather was beautiful (of course) and the silk scarves billowing in the sunshine… continue reading »

09

Oct

The mermaid

  Auburn hair in emerald light, The wavelets crash the shore. Her pensive eyes peruse the bay, How robust their rapport. Her days spent dancing in the deep With octopi for kin. These pale gold sands her chance to sleep And sun translucent skin. The startling cliffs of chalk-white stone, The aqua water’s gleam. A… continue reading »

08

Oct

Cherry blossom dreaming

  Watermelon dancers’ skirts Are draped on speckled bark. A chorus with the smallest feet, The singing of a lark. I wonder where their owners rest With trusting, pure hearts. I nestle in to drink perfume, What bliss their tutus spark. These ladies sleeping in the woods With mushrooms for a tent. The gurgling of… continue reading »

08

Oct

The tibouchina sapling

  Her buds of purple bounty burst To face the autumn day. The richness of the colours is Such decadent display. From rockery she’s sprouted strong, Yet delicate her bark. Her flowers’ tears so haunting, Petals gleaming in the dark. Her styles of moonlit beauty float, Beguiling in the breeze. Lush leaves of emerald frame… continue reading »

07

Oct

The portal

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines a portal as a door or entrance which is large or imposing. I’m sure they’re referring to a physical structure but there’s a metaphorical meaning, too. What if the ‘portal’ or ‘gateway’ to our subconscious mind and the richness of our imagination could be accessed by re-setting our brainwaves? Apparently,… continue reading »

06

Oct

The bottlebrush

    Crimson beauties burst with song, They greet me on my path. Their joyous tune a contrast to The sorrow in my heart. I stop to gaze then reach for them, Caressing ruby spines. The softest stamens in my hand, Such graceful little lines. And then to catch me unawares, They start to jig… continue reading »

04

Oct

A square peg in a round hole

Do you sometimes feel like you’re a square peg in a round hole? Like you just don’t fit somehow? Well, welcome to the club. As a kid, I danced around the house, had imaginary friends and refused to learn how to read or write until I went to school. Consequently, I found the first few… continue reading »

26

Sep

Furious fiction

Have you ever participated in a short-story competition? Well, I did when I was at school, but it’s been many years since I’ve summoned up the courage to enter one as an adult. Recently, I bit the bullet and submitted a story about a girl who becomes involved in a missing-persons case but that’s still… continue reading »

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