White Pebbles Winter 2020 Meeting

On the second Saturday of June (our scheduled meeting date) we caught up by email for the third time since Lockdown. Computerised catch-ups in April and May had worked well for us; kept us in touch and writing. Our regular Winter Meeting began with eight of our members writing to 6 prompts.

  1. camellias or another flower species out now that takes your fancy
  2. the sound of water —  stream/ocean/rain  any one of these
  3. a cloudy sky   perhaps use it to set a mood
  4. a bird sound – wings or call
  5. reading
  6. A topic of your choice. Surprise us!!

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White Pebbles Haiku Group update

Although we usually meet only quarterly, current circumstances encouraged us to also have a brief email catch-up in April, sharing current news and at least one haiku each. Members were very responsive and we all enjoyed it so much we have a similar email meeting planned for May. We are looking forward to resuming our ginko and workshop meeting at Gosford/Edogawa Garden when that again becomes possible but meantime we all value being in touch.

Beverley George
Convenor

White Pebbles, Autumn 2020

Far fewer of us than usual were able to attend this autumn meeting but those present understood the wise and valid reasons of our absentees and wished them well.

After our catch-up coffee, we set off, walking in light rain. As always special sights delighted us: fragments of tiny blossoms scattered through white pebbles; dense foliage across the wisteria archway; the rattle of wind in the bamboo patch.

We retired to the meeting room and our round table to workshop poems written in response to the previously circulated worksheet or newly written on our ginko.

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White Pebbles Summer Ginko 2019

On Saturday the 14th of December the White Pebbles Haiku Group met at the Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Gardens for a summer ginko and lunch.

Seven White Pebbles’ members attended. Beverley George convened the meeting and welcomed Maire Glacken, Colleen Keating, Verna Rieschild, Gwen Bitti, Samantha Sirimanne Hyde and Kent Robinson. Continue reading “White Pebbles Summer Ginko 2019”

White Pebbles Haiku Group – Spring 2019

For our Spring Meeting at the Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Gardens and Regional Gallery at East Gosford we were greeted by sunny skies and an occasional cool wind. The gardens were adorned with colourful azaleas and delicate fronds of mauve wisteria contrasting with the manicured green bushes that form an integral part of this tranquil area.

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White Pebbles Haiku Group Winter Meeting

June 15th, 2019

Unexpectedly, it was under bright blue skies that six of us gathered for our winter meeting.

Present were Colleen Keating, Marilyn Humbert, Maire Glacken, Samantha Sirimanne Hyde, Verna Rieschild and Beverley George. Apologies and kind thoughts were received from Kent Robinson, Gail Hennessy and Wendy Stringer, each of whom was unavoidably unable to attend on this occasion.

As usual we gathered informally at the café for coffee and brief chat, before we set off in silence at 10:30 for our ginko. Once again the Gosford /Edogawa Commemorative Gardens and Regional Gallery proved an apt and inspiring venue for exploring the Japanese genre of haiku written in English. Each member carries with them a worksheet with some pre-prepared material and prompts for writing new haiku in this lovely garden with its waterfall and ponds, tea hut and bridges and the pebble garden with large boulders to remind us of Ryōan-ji. Close observation and original ideas are sparked, with sound and scent playing their roles too.
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White Pebbles, Autumn Meeting 2019

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”

White Pebbles Haiku Group Summer Meeting

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.

Beverley George
Convenor
White Pebbles Haiku Group