The Bird

The bird
doesn’t mind

the indifference
of passing feet,
tossed flint-eyed scraps,
nest of a broadsheet

The bird
doesn’t mind
cold-hearted weather,
garbage-can dining,
piss-soaked shelter,
one-eyed sleep in the underpass,
the ubiquitous predator

The bird
on the streets

He’s just a bird

Have Fun

Happy Festive Season, Fellow Bloggers

Best wishes for 2012

Hope to see you there, safe and sound


For some delightful Christmas-flavoured posts
and to see the most wonderful collection of  ornamental
take a look at Nancy’s December posts

If you don’t find your comment here…

My virus checker has detected a virus in a number of comments posted in the last few days including those from Bloggers that have been visiting this site for a long time. Not sure how the virus has made it through WordPress.  Anyhow, if you don’t find your comment here, it’s because your comment links are infected with a virus and, thus, I have been forced to delete your comment. I have reported the issue to WordPress.



WordPress have contacted me  with the following response:

“We have contacted AVG about this and it was definitely a false-positive on their end.
Users will need to update following this guide to remove the warning:

So, it seems, it’s a case of an over-zealous virus-checker :(

Thanks for being on the ball, WordPress :-)
and apologies to the Bloggers whose comments I deleted :(

Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebration

21 years married today -

cause for celebration,

wouldn’t you say?



Because it’s my wedding anniversary today, I’m celebrating my other half by posting some photos he took

on another day of celebration – NYE 2009

Sydney – NYE 2009

Sydney - NYE 2009

Sydney - NYE 2009


Thanks  very much :-D to the following Bloggers
for expressing their appreciation with these honours -

The Retiring Sort for the Reader Appreciation Award

Renee for the Kreativ Blogger Award

Dadirridreaming (don’t you love that name?!) for the Versatile Blogger Award

Jake, for the Candle Lighter Award

To Amira for the Versatile Blogger Award

To Jo for the Versatile Blogger Award

To Edward for the Liebster Award

To Tilly for the CoWApunhere

To Gabrielle for guest-blogging me

To aRVee for the Versatile Blogger Award

To Lazywednesdays for the Versatile Blogger Award

To Gabrielle for the Versatile Blogger Award

Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

The next
train due to depart
platform 3
goes to

first stop – Gliese 581 g,
then all stations to Kepler-22b

*** And thanks to Jo Bryant for this award ***

When it comes to rules, I’m a bit like you, Jo, but I’ll join you for some pirate tea ;-)

Wild Conspiracies

I wrote this in September for Gabrielle Bryden’s National Poetry Week Challenge.

For more animal-flavoured poetry check out Gabrielle Bryden’s Penguin Week series.


I ask scribbly gum moths:
Why this graffiti on trees?
“Mind your own business,
they’re just doodles, if you please”

I ask a plodding snail:
Why the squiggles on the path?
“There ain’t nothing in it -
I just do it for a laugh”

I ask the sly hyena:
Why the tunnels ‘neath the trail?
“Well! Installation art’s
not only for the snail!”

I ask the bower bird:
Why that hoard of shining bling?
“Oh, poppet, it’s no mystery
objets d’art are my thing”

I ask the primping zebra:
What’s with the barcode?
“Poor darling, don’t you know?
Stripes are back in vogue”

But, you know, I don’t believe them -
It’s a vast conspiracy
It’s clear that they are sending
secret messages to me…