Tags: creativity, gratitude, Lake Macquarie NSW, Morisset Show, nature
I have been occupied with other things than this blog lately. However, I would like to share a poem with you that I wrote a few years ago. It is about the beautiful Lake Macquarie where I live, and how I saw it one day as I walked along the shore.
The poem was recently commended in the Morisset Show Poetry Competition.
Wangi Bay stretches before me,
a coarse wind-ruffled
patches of dirty brown
tacked onto it here and there
tossed onto the watery quilt
tumble and sparkle among
the grey jetty stripes and squares
and the multi-coloured
that have been tacked on
with contrasting whitecap stitches.
Here and there,
in out-of-the-way places
an occasional dot
of white embroidery –
a bobbing seagull or pelican.
A narrow, irregular strip
of breaking waves
marks the inner border
separating the nautical pattern
from its dark green edging
of eucalypt and casuarina
and spiky Lomandra longifolia
Today, the lake is a patch-work quilt
that I would like to take home with me.
© Linda Visman
11th October, 2010
Tags: Lake Macquarie NSW, photography, Sir William Dobell, Wangi Wangi
After dinner on the second day of the new year, my husband and I, with our son and family who were visiting from Queensland, went for a walk on the shore of Lake Macquarie. Being summer, it was still light when we arrived at Wangi Wangi village, almost two kilometres away.
The local park is a popular one, overlooking the lake on the southern side of the isthmus. It is named in honour of our late local celebrity, Sir William Dobell, a well-known and sometimes controversial artist. We had walked past Sir William’s house, now an art gallery, on the way there.
We all sat on the grassy slope to watch the sun make the last of its descent past the horizon. I took some photos, as it was a lovely scene.
Then we walked the almost two kilometres back home. It was a lovely end to a busy and very pleasant, family-oriented day.
Photos (c) Linda Visman
Tags: coffee, enjoyment, Jetty cafe Toronto, Lake Macquarie NSW, opportunities for disabled, relaxation, Sailability, sailing
Beside the boardwalk
tables & bright red chairs.
Clatter of crockery at the kiosk.
Aromas float on a light
salt-seasoned breeze –
coffee, fish and chips, hamburger.
Older folk natter.
Children jump from the jetty
splashing and squealing.
White sails glide against
green hills and blue sky.
as small, special boats bob by –
the disabled get their chance
to enjoy what others take for granted.
Wavelets carry sun-sparkles landward
where they sssh against the shore.
on a keyboard organ –
soothing background tones,
a grey felt hat at his feet
upturned to receive our thanks.
Sunday mornings don’t get
much better than this.
© Linda Visman
At Jetty Café, Toronto, NSW, Australia 23rd March 2014.
Tags: Australian birds, boating, fishing, Lake Macquarie NSW, park, Rathmines, relaxation, walking
This is the second of two posts about the morning we spent at Rathmines. The first post is here.
I sat at a picnic table in the park next to F-Jetty so I could do some writing. But the winter day was so lovely – blue sky, warm sun, gentle breeze – and the sights and sounds so engrossing, that I stopped to watch, listen and take it all in.
Galahs scratch in the grass under a shady eucalypt, searching for tender shoots.
Several kookaburras cackle loudly from nearby trees.
Butcherbirds delineate their territory with their musical calls, and one pays a visit to my table to see what I have to offer.
Brightly coloured Rosella parrots search for seeds in the longer grass and, later, race by with their distinctive bouncing flight.
A wild duck moves off the path to make way for a human pedestrian, then pretends he was just searching for bugs.
Noisy miners chase each other from tree to tree, or make assaults on other passing birds.
Swallows perform their aerial ballet, while picking off insects on the wing.
A magpie digs in the dirt next to me and finds a tasty grub; another sings a melody in the distance.
Rainbow lorikeets chatter and squawk in the treetops.
A shag (cormorant) perches on a buoy just off-shore and spreads its wings to the sun.
A corella announces its appearance with a shrill screech.
A masked lapwing (plover) scuttles across the lawn on stick legs, searching for its lunch.
Seagulls settle for a rest in a placid alcove, while others bob about out on the breeze-blown lake.
Pelicans paddle smoothly by in stately succession.
A peewee seems to say hello to a big black dog that sleeps on a cushion outside a van by the lake shore.
Pedestrians pass by on the walking path. Some walk dogs, others amble by, while several stride out to get their daily exercise.
Hopeful anglers cast their lines from the end of the jetty and wait for an elusive bite.
Two men walk down from their car to the public gas barbecue, and an enticing aroma soon drifts across on the breeze.
A white-haired man sits on a bench reading a magazine.
Two young girls roll by on skateboards; the second takes a photo of the first with her mobile phone.
All that activity in about 30 minutes – and people say that it is boring just sitting on a park bench!
© Linda Visman
Tags: Australia, Classic Boatfest, Lake Macquarie NSW, Solar Sailor, Toronto, tourism
It was a fabulous autumn day for the first day of the annual Classic Boatfest at Toronto, Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia.
Here are a few photos to show you some of the boats on display.
There were some beautifully restored and finished wooden boats of all sizes.
The Solar Sailor takes passengers on cruises of lake Macquarie – a beautiful lake with many bays, deep water and several islands.
We were fortunate to have blue skies, warm to hot sun and a light breeze.
Lake Macquarie is a lovely place to visit, with many places to see and activities to participate in. It’s even better when you live here.
Photos by Linda Visman
(c) Linda Visman 30.03.2013