Tuesday 2nd October
Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve at Kareela proved a good choice to hold our Spring Ginko. The perfect weather allowed us to observe the native plants at their best.
Several Gymea lilies stood straight and tall and in full flower to greet us at the car park entrance. As we meandered down the curved pathway to seek out a suitable table we passed a spectacular bed of pink and white paper daisies, native orchids of various size and colour, kangaroo paws and numerous species of callistemon and grevillea.
We finally settled on a shady spot but as the sun moved position so did we. Continue reading “ILLAWONG HAIKU SPRING GINKO”
On Thursday 23rd August, four haiku poets: Margaret Mahony, Vanessa Proctor, Carol Reynolds and Catherine Smith performed at the Auburn Botanic Gardens as part of the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival.
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September 8th 2018
Early morning brought light rain and mist as a shared love of haiku brought members together at the lovely Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Gardens. Some travelled very long distances: Gail from near Newcastle, and Kent on a four-hour drive from Bathurst. Colleen came from The Entrance and Maire and I even closer by. Sadly a number of our members were unable to attend for reasons beyond their control and they were missed.
Continue reading “White Pebbles Spring Meeting”
First day of Spring!
What could be nicer than spending the morning discussing and workshopping haiku with the Red Dragonfly group at Vanessa Proctor’s home? Barbara Fisher, Beverley George and Dawn Bruce were in attendance. Unfortunately Cynthia Rowe and Willem Tibben were unable to make it.
We workshopped haiku about sewing, pianos, bees and honey and using spring as a verb.
The ever popular ‘haiku in a bowl’ was played with haiku written without names.
All this was enjoyed while tasting a delicious banana cake fresh from the oven.
A haiku event will take place at the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival, Auburn on Thursday 23rd August, 10:00 – 11:00am. The event will include a haiku reading by a group of haiku poets and a ginko led by AHS President, Vanessa Proctor.
Continue reading “Haiku Performance and Ginko at the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival – Thursday 23rd August”
Illawong Haiku Group commenced our second year together with a Winter ginko on Tuesday 31st July. This is our first meeting report on the AHS website.
We decided due to the unpredictable weather to hold an indoor meeting. The venue was Hazelhurst Arts Centre at Gymea where an exhibition charting the career of Marion Hall Best, one of Australia’s first and most influential independent interior designers is currently featuring. Continue reading “Illawong Haiku Group Winter Ginko July 2018”
It was a lively meeting at Gosford/ Edogawa Gardens and Regional Gallery and one which has sparked warm responses from those who attended. Present were Samantha Hyde, Marilyn Humbert, Kent Robinson, Gail Hennessy, Wendy Stringer, Maire Glacken, Verna Rieschild, Colleen Keating, Beverley George and our newest member, Gwen Bitti. Anne Birt and Rozanne Collins were unable to attend and were missed. We hope to see them in September. Membership is capped at twelve people but of course we will welcome visitors from time to time. Continue reading “White Pebbles Winter Haiku Meeting June 16th 2018”
The winter meeting of the Red Dragonflies was held on Saturday 2nd June, 11.30am-2.30pm at Dawn Bruce’s home in St Leonards. Vanessa Proctor led members Dawn Bruce, Barbara Fisher, Beverley George and Cynthia Rowe in a series of stimulating exercises. Willem Tibben, our sixth member, was unable to attend. We missed him but look forward to seeing him at our spring meeting.
Vanessa can always be relied upon to provide interesting and often challenging topics for haiku. This winter’s ranged from writing a wordy plus a minimalist version on the same theme to reflections prompted by the recent royal wedding and an acknowledgement of World Bicycle Day. Anonymous contributions of two poems per person to the haiku bowl provoked the usual interest and amusement.
A most enjoyable meeting.