The House on the Hill

The House of Livia, Palatine Hill, Rome

The House on the Hill

They are all gone away,
The House is shut and still,
There is nothing more to say.

Through broken walls and gray
The winds blow bleak and shrill:
They are all gone away.

Nor is there one to-day
To speak them good or ill:
There is nothing more to say.

Why is it then we stray
Around the sunken sill?
They are all gone away,

And our poor fancy-play
For them is wasted skill:
There is nothing more to say.

There is ruin and decay
In the House on the Hill:
They are all gone away,
There is nothing more to say.


Lorikeets have to be my favourite bird (next to kookaburras) and these two visit me every morning. Their colours are magnificent and the screeching doesn’t bother me at all. They’re nice to have around :)

Here’s a poem I wrote about these beautiful birds a couple of years ago.

The lorikeets all screech and swoop,
Gregariously they gather.
And into dusk dance in a loop,
The lorikeets all screech and swoop.
Then near red bottle-brush they group,
To form a colourful slather.
The lorikeets all shriek and swoop,
Gregariously they gather.

Poetry Form: Triolet



The 25th April, ANZAC Day,  holds a special place in the hearts of Australian people. It marks the anniversary of the first landing at Gallipoli and the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. It is also the day on which we remember Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of Anzac, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Landing.

Hundreds of Dawn Services and marches are held across the country. This year I attended the Holland Park-Mt Gravatt RSL Sub-branch.

Lest We Forget.


A 4.30 am start to the morning was a real struggle for me. I usually like to take photos of sunsets not sunrises but I enjoyed the experience. I love this time of year either way :)

Photo taken at Mt Cootha Lookout, Brisbane

Submitted to the Early Bird photo challenge.

A Day at the Beach

I love this photo because there is so much going on: man taking photo; boy kicking a ball; kids playing in the sand; people swimming; people body surfing; people strolling and so much more, not to mention the vast array of colours. It reminds me of the old days when families used to get out and enjoy life every weekend :)
Photo taken from Broadbeach looking towards Surfers Paradise.