Illawong Haiku Group Spring 2021

Held at Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve, Kirrawee, on 24th September.

It was a beautiful day but some of our group live in different LGA’s so only three members; Carol Reynolds, Ros Pitt and Margaret Mahony were able to gather. We made the trip together and enjoyed morning tea at a table surrounded by seasonal plants and trees. Each of us brought goodies to share.

Grevillia insignis

Our other members Patricia Meredith, Alison Miller and Rita Potente were with us in spirit and participated in the exercise remotely using their local environment as inspiration.

Spring was the perfect time for our exercise to write one haiku for each of the five senses.

Grevillia johnsonii

After much discussion we went for a walk through the reserve taking in the botanical names of plants and trees and photographing those that took our interest. Birds were in abundance and the scent of native bushes both subtle and pungent.

Stopping by a rock pool we were delighted by the blue dragonflies hovering above. These are called true blue and signify loyalty.

We conversed with other visitors sharing our delight over the exquisite flora. As a result of one exchange we learned of the Sandpaper Fig.

While packing up we discussed the prospect of meeting as a full group again in summer and celebrating the end of year at our member Alison’s incredible garden which hopefully will produce some inspired haiku.

Margaret Mohony, Carol Reynolds and Ros Pitt

Report by Margaret Mahony

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