Fringe Myrtles Haiku Meeting, October 2022

With some fortunate timing given the disastrously wet weather surrounding us, the Fringe Myrtles managed to meet on a cloudy but bright Saturday noon at the Melbourne Botanical Gardens. The venue has always been a favourite for the group and was suggested on this occasion (with some added excitement) by Marisa Fazio, as, according to experts, this was the time of year when our namesake, ‘the common fringe myrtle’ (Calytrix tetragona), was supposed to be blooming in the gardens. Our mission was set.

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Fringe Myrtles Haiku Meeting, October 2021

The Fringe Myrtles met yet again on Zoom on a day in which Melbourne was announced the most locked-down city in the world. The only person happy about this was Michael Dylan Welch, who is still able to join our meetings from his home in Washington.

Joining Michael for our latest meeting were Janet Howie, Liv Saint-James, Alice Wanderer, Marisa Fazio, Madhuri Pillai, Louise Hopewell, Rob Scott and Jayashree Maniyil. Jen Sutherland, who sent apologies for Covid-related matters, sent congratulations to both Madhuri and Liv for their haiku that appeared in the most recent issue of Presence, which were shared with the group.

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Fringe Myrtles Haiku Meeting, July 2021

After a brief frolic in the sun, the Fringe Myrtles were back in lockdown courtesy of the wildfire Delta variant that is spreading like….well, wildfire.

In attendance, we had Janet Howie, Robyn Cairns, Liv Saint-James, Louise Hopewell, Marisa Fazio, Rob Scott, Madhuri Pillai, Jennifer Sutherland and Michael Dylan Welch, who squeezed us into his busy schedule from Seattle.

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Fringe Myrtles Haiku Meeting, May 2021

Finally, after 1 year, 5 months and 17 days (534 days!) the Fringe Myrtles were able to kiss Zoom meetings goodbye and meet toe-to-toe at the glorious Melbourne Botanical Gardens. You could not wipe the smile from our faces as we gathered along with throngs of other sun-seeking Melbournians on a glorious autumn afternoon at the Tea House Terrace, situated opposite the Ornamental Lake. It was like a dream.

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