Haiku @ The Oaks, Canberra

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Lunch together under the trees on a beautiful spring day . . . how better to begin a haiku afternoon at The Oaks? Through the aromas of fish and chips, toasted Turkish rolls, tea and coffee, our conversation immediately sparked. As usual, the magpies and currawongs were not silent either!

This time we missed Greg Piko who is out of town, so we numbered five–Glenys Ferguson, Hazel Hall, Kathy Kituai, Marietta McGregor and Jan Dobb. Among several haiku topics that ebbed and flowed during the afternoon, two major ones came to the fore.  Thank you to Hazel and Kathy…

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Haiku @ The Oaks, Canberra

Tuesday 8 September 2020

Another delightful and inspiring time together! The setting capped the magic. For the first time in months we were seated outside again in weather that was balmy in its stillness. Spring flowers coloured the surrounding garden, an especially eye-catching display of violets and grape hyacinths beneath the silver trunk of a birch. Music was provided by currawongs, magpies and miners (volume up!) as our lunch orders arrived.

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Haiku @ The Oaks, Canberra

Tuesday 14 July 2020

Despite the distancing required, the closeness of our haiku friendship was undaunted as we met again at The Oaks. All of us were present this time, spread around a previously booked table (now essential) by a heater in the marquee–Kathy Kituai, Glenys Ferguson, Marietta McGregor, Gregory Piko, Hazel Hall and Jan Dobb.

As The Oaks closes early in winter, we again met earlier than usual. This meant enjoying a lunch together as we caught up with each other and with haiku amid the aromas of fish’n’chips and linguine, a waft or two of cappuccino.  What could be cosier on a Canberra winter day?

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Haiku @ The Oaks, Canberra

Tuesday 9 June 2020

With the easing of isolation, we decided to venture from our cocoons and meet each other again in the real world of The Oaks. Canberra’s winter meant a table by a heater in the large marquee instead of out under the trees. And how our hearts warmed too, as we enjoyed each other’s actual presence once again – Kathy Kituai, Greg Piko, Glenys Ferguson, Hazel Hall and Jan Dobb. Unfortunately, Marietta McGregor was out of town.

In order to support The Oaks during tough times, we ordered lunch instead of just coffee and a rather celebratory air prevailed as we chatted over hearty serves of fish and chips. Hand sanitiser distanced with the pepper and salt, but despite spaces between chairs and a lack of hugs, the old camaraderie was heeding no bounds.

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Haiku @ The Oaks, Canberra

Tuesday 12 May 2020

It was great to see that White Pebbles has also enjoyed meeting by email. Following our April success of an email-fest, this will now be the way of the Oaks mob on the second Tuesday of each month. Until further notice. Until we return to the table under the trees with its dapples and magpies and afternoon breeze. Ah. . .!

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Haiku @ The Oaks, Canberra

Tuesday 14 April 2020

These days one never knows what to expect! The year began with our diaries marking the second Tuesday of each month for Haiku @ The Oaks. Thus, in February and again in March, we enjoyed our usual camaraderie around an old wooden table beneath the trees. Admittedly, in March we exchanged elbow bumps instead of our usual hugs. Far from usual was the growing health uncertainty.

Today the Oaks Brasserie lies silent behind its closed doors. Stay-at-home is the order of the day. How quickly it all came about! We can only dream of the second Tuesday of some future month when again we shall celebrate haiku around a table at The Oaks.

Meanwhile, April was an experiment . . .

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HAIKU @ THE OAKS, CANBERRA

Tuesday 15 October 2019

A sunny afternoon had brought customers to The Oaks and busy mowers to the adjacent grassland, magpies and cockatoos adding further sounds of spring as we settled around a table in the dapples. As usual, we’d anticipated this casual time-out together and greetings were hearty between the five of us – Kathy Kituai, Glenys Ferguson, Marietta MacGregor, Gregory Piko and Jan Dobb. We missed Hazel Hall whose time was stretched with her involvement in Canberra’s annual festival of Poetry on the Move.
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HAIKU @ THE OAKS, CANBERRA

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Instead of huddling around a heater inside The Oaks marquee, we found ourselves sitting outside beneath a sunny blue sky. How unexpected! The recent bleak weather with its wind, sleet and local snow, had at last decided it was almost spring. Sunshine lit up the pink blossoms on two weeping apricots near the entrance, magpies gave full voice to the day, and one by one we even shed our coats. Ideal conditions for a stimulating afternoon! Continue reading “HAIKU @ THE OAKS, CANBERRA”