The winter meeting of the Red Dragonflies was held on Saturday 1st June at Barbara Fisher’s home in Mosman. With a background of wonderful paintings on the walls, many of them created by our hostess, Vanessa Proctor led members Dawn Bruce, Bill Tibben, Cynthia Rowe and Barbara in a productive afternoon. Beverley George sent her apologies.
Tuesday 19th March 2019
It is sometimes said that bigger is better but at our first meeting for 2019 it must be said that is not always the case. While unfortunately three of our members Barbara, Gavin and Lana were unable to attend it allowed our small group to spend more time on all things ‘haiku’.
It was originally planned that our meeting be held outdoors at Burnum Burnum Sanctuary, Woronora. However, due to the unpredictable weather it was decided to meet at the very pleasant alternative Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre at Gymea.
Our first meeting this year was hosted by Cynthia Rowe on Saturday 2nd March. Others present were Barbara Fisher, Dawn Bruce, Vanessa Proctor and Willem Tibben.
Vanessa had forwarded the exercises beforehand so everyone came well armed with work.
The most testing exercise was to write a haiku about writing poetry (a subject dear to all poets) and for another we had to choose a favorite haiku and then say why we liked it.
The poet of ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, John Keats, would be proud of our group of Haikuists taking an autumnal walk around the Gosford /Edogawa Gardens on the Central Coast this past Saturday 9th March 2019. We were aware of the concept of ichi-go ichi-e, the Japanese idiom ‘treasuring the unrepeatable nature of the moment.’ Continue reading “White Pebbles, Autumn Meeting 2019”
December 8th 2018
Six members of the White Pebbles Haiku Group attended our summer meeting. We brought with us a pre-distributed work sheet for some prepared haiku relevant to the season, and on which to write new observations on our unhurried ginko around the garden.
We then came together at a round table in a quiet room to workshop our haiku. By request Kent kindly brought two very appealing haiga that members absent last meeting hadn’t seen. Very inspiring and perhaps other members will create something similar in due course.
We discussed Echidna Tracks 2: Landscapes currently featured on the Echidna Tracks website and were pleased to note that a number of members’ work already has been published there with more to come during January and February. We also spoke of possible new projects our group might explore.
White Pebbles Haiku Group
The Summer meeting of Illawong Haiku Group was held on Tuesday 11th December at Club York in Sydney which Gavin kindly arranged for us. It was a special treat to pass by the Queen Victoria Building on the way to the venue, one of the jewels in Sydney’s crown at Christmas time. Continue reading “Illawong Haiku Group, Summer Meeting”
The summer meeting of the Red Dragonflies was held on Saturday, 1st December, at Beverley George’s home at Pearl Beach, that lovely part of the central coast, north of Sydney. Vanessa Proctor, convenor of the group (and setter of challenging haiku topics), kindly took members Dawn Bruce and Barbara Fisher in her car – it’s a longish drive to get there so we got off to a later start than usual at about 12 noon.
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”