More poems, a little rap about (mostly) bird life and happy 2020

Hello Again and Happy 2020! Perhaps this will bring its own special inspiration and insights, which would be welcome in the face of much that is ailing here in Oz (most immediately the unprecedented bush fires) and in the world at large. I feel blessed to be able to balance this by staying ‘present’ in our immediate environment, which offers up a variety of treasures. Bird life takes precedence in recent months

Amongst the many birds we supplement feed through this great extended dry, three Butcherbirds grace us with their presence daily. Two of them are operatic virtuosos.  For the most part, they make their little cheeping sound requesting food. Two take it from the hand, the third, younger or shyer, comes within a metre of us. He is expert at catching on the fly, never failing regardless of where we aim.

Today’s delight –one sings to us for about five minutes, then  the second takes over and fifteen minutes later is still at it. It is spellbinding and I sit with him and interact making the odd whistle. For those of you unfamiliar with this bird, do yourself a favour; go online to seek their song. It is remarkable for its variety of sounds which are clearly generated from different parts of the body-beak, throat, chest etc ranging from tiny squeaks to chirps to lyrical unfurling passages.

A few weeks ago, two baby Kookaburras left their nest in the hollow of the eucalypt on the foreshore. We had been feeding the family members for about four weeks, watching them eat a little and conscientiously take the rest back to the nest. Within a week or two, I spotted the first tiny fledgling perched in a high branch on my morning walk. Then I spotted a second one. The family continues to come to our balcony railing for hand-fed treats to take to them and in the last few days the babies have come much closer to the house, perching on the Poinciana trees at the back of our garden facing the sea.  Next step was to see the babies landing on our railing, bit by bit allowing us closer, still being fed by a family member. Thrillingly, it was graduation day a few days ago when for the first time I threw some meat to the far end of the deck where one had landed and watched it tentatively hop to and then take the food. Its sibling flew from the railing to the same place and followed suit!

Finally some rain! 45mm over the last few days after nothing to speak of since March!

Already new leaves, citrus blossoms and tiny shoot of grass emerge. And the frogs. There will be more insects for the birds and we can reduce the hand feeding. We are in a rain shadow here so, as per usual, Airlie Beach & Proserpine, less than 50 km away, have had over 200mm in the same period.

So that’s the rap but also to let you know that I have added another six poems to the poetry section today and about the same number a few weeks ago. Poetry fans please enjoy.

At Last!

Hello All, I have finally finished revision of a 2014 Travel Diary , A Month in Sicily which also includes a few days in Singapore en route and then some time in Florence, Rome and London. It includes lots of cool photos! I have also added lots of images to Photography- Plant Life, the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens in Melbourne, Skyscapes and Local Whitsunday landscapes. Hope you enjoy.

A Little Trip South

So we went to Melbourne for a bit of a ‘cultural hit’, (Melbourne Festival) and saw some pretty avant garden dance (Hofesh Shechter & Chunky Move), a great theatre piece and some good music. Stayed in an apartment in the CBD (a first) witha ‘delightful view’ over a lane onto blank wall made interesting only by a view into a purple lit, plant-filled apartment on the other side sometimes interspersed with a naked or clothed young woman! Spent time with our besties and visited Cranbourne Botanical Gardens, (a young off-shoot-excuse pun- of Melbourne’s famous old main Bot. Gardens), which specializes in Native plants. It is a real treat of native spring flowerings and sensitive modernist landscape architecture. I include a few Melb. photos. Then headed to Hobart, Tasmania, mostly for a long-overdue visit to MONA ( for those who don’t know it, have a look online) -it is simply astounding. The vision of the founder of this private Museum of new and old art , David Walsh, has to be seen to be believed! The art, the architecture, the setting,the quirkiness. Built deep underground into the rock, it is awe-inspiring. Little wonder it has drawn literally millions of tourists to Tasmania.
Hobart (& surrounds) is a delight built around steep hills with a multitude of charming old buildings, modern architecture in the newer areas, beautiful views, and landscapes, a great art and craft culture, wonderful produce and food. Jon noticed a cafe of Vietnamese Street Food whereupon he quipped ‘fee fi pho yum’ and so it went! And we had an apartment with spectacular views. A few Tasmania photos attached. I am also adding a gallery of photographs of Hobart into TRAVEL WRITING on the main website even though there is not a word of travel writing! Hope you enjoy.

Time To Say Hello Again

Hey! Hope this finds everyone well and happy. Heard some seriously good music at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville in August, an annual event where the contemporary and classical meet the dry tropics! We have also been blessed with visits from two lots of very old and close friends in recent weeks, Jill and Alex from our days on the farm with their huge dog Monty, more like a young colt (much fun) and currently Libby and Hob for two weeks from Melbourne. Took them to Magnetic Island for a couple of days to explore a bit of this wonderful environment of bays and granite boulders and headlands and funky little communities, home to the largest number of koalas in Queensland. Watch out for photos in due course!

Meantime, you will find seven new poems –Typewriter Sex, Just Another Masterpiece and Conjunction in the general Poetry section and Night Scribbles, The Bigamist and Waikawa Night in The Natural World.

You will also see quite a few more images in Early Work-I discovered some colour slides from the pre-digital era (dinasaur-ish) of some very early, even student work, a kind of re-discovery for me also!

Encouraged by another old friend, I am re-writing my 2014 Travel Diary which is mostly about a month in Sicily but includes a week in Florence, some days in Rome & Singapore. That will be my next posting so if you enjoy reading about travel watch out for it. I will include some photographs. Hope you enjoy!

Back again! Read below to see what’s new

Hello All!

It’s been great to get this site launched and somewhat ’off my plate’ ,  (a feeling shared by dear friend Karen-the-website-builder! Now she can get back into her  writing. The woman has five books on the go!).

 I say somewhat, because I immediately   added quite a lot to PHOTOGRAPHY , especially to THE HUMAN ANIMAL and ARCHITECTURE, much fun!  Of course, more will probably come in time, so if you are a photography buff  keep your eyes peeled.

Freeing up time  has, more importantly, allowed me to re-focus on my poetry, continuing to work on some of the large number of unfinished pieces.  I have completed another ten poems, so now you will find 29 on the site in the four categories- the main page and the three sub-headings, The Natural World, Portugal Poems and Snapshots. Likewise, if you are a poetry buff,  rest assured more will come but, of course, you will again be notified.

Thanks to those who have left Comments, not expected but always a pleasure.  Unless something is of general interest, I will respond via email rather than on the site.

Enjoy your life. It’s precious.

Bonney

It’s launched!

Hi dear friends, it’s launch day!

This is what I’ve been up to over the last 6-7 months – making a website,  together with my friend  and web designer Karen Wilton who set up the structure.  Having put off doing this for some 20 years (all seemed too hard, too time consuming), things  suddenly  fell  into place – the time was right and dear Karen  was ‘there’.

I have long  felt the need to have some sort of archive of my 35 years of art-making but also wanted a platform to include my other creative pursuits – poetry, photography  and travel writing, all of which will be further augmented over time, so if interested, keep an eye open for this.

It has been so much fun and quite a learning curve for this techno-idiot and Karen has been the best teacher. We had a lot of laughs along the way especially about the  sometimes difficulties understanding one another’s ‘language’- techno vs. arty stuff!

Please enjoy ambling through bit by bit from time to time. It is my  hope  that it may also be of use to aspiring artists, students and who knows else.