Saturday, December 31, 2011

December 31

With the heat 
comes an unusual stillness 
and the constant hum 
of the neighbour's air conditioner 

Friday, December 30, 2011

December 30

stewed apricots 

orange bubbles in the saucepan 
sweetness wafts around the kitchen 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

December 29

Composing small stones 

I reflect upon what I didn't notice before
and wonder what I am still to notice 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

December 28

Underneath the washing line 
Tiny black dots scamper 
One tickles over my feet 
then suddenly I feel 
short sharp pain 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

Sunday, December 25, 2011

December 25

Apple cucumbers 

Having always known about them 
I didn't even think 
other people may not 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

December 24

Expectation of busy? 

Cars at the side of the car park 
Usually empty 
Spaces in the middle 
usually full 

Friday, December 23, 2011

December 23

red and white 

I stand in the garden 
The exact spot I have stood so many times before 
I look in a different direction 
and notice the tiles on the neighbour's roof 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

December 21

grainy sand between my toes 
and circles sparkle 
as water flows back and forth 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December 20

Food court 

Empty tables 
A lull in the pre-Christmas rush 

Monday, December 19, 2011

December 19

holding a crumb
half its size
Reverses, circles
then continues on its way

Sunday, December 18, 2011

December 18

A shadow 
followed by its spider 
weaves around 
stars on a white ceiling 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

December 16

Bursts of bright orange 
in a front garden 
Bees are busy 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

December 15


A day later 
slight stinging reminds me 
the spots I missed 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December 14

I look up when I hear the scoop of wind. 
I see black and white flapping through the sky. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

December 13

From out of the leaves above 
a fan of green feathers zips past 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

December 11


A hook shaped jump 
then a scurry 
tail swishing behind 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

December 10

Blackened playground tower 
surrounded by coloured tape 
An overflowing car park 
Balloons, banners and portable chairs 
Families gather and children play 

Friday, December 9, 2011

December 9

Single white cockatoo 
just visible 
with the cloudy backdrop 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

December 8


Leaves curl at the edges 
Mugginess lingers 
I hear the circles of a bird's call 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

December 7

Oral presentation 

A microphone was passed along the line of students 
and back again  
A few shakes of the head in between 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

December 5

bright colours of christmas decorations 
muted shadows on the wall 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

December 4

The few moments between sleep and wakefulness
I don't know if it is morning or afternoon

Saturday, December 3, 2011

December 3


On the curb 
Out the front of my house 
Two bins 
The only ones on the whole street 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December 1

Calm anticipation  

A small pocket of time 
between school drop off 
and shops opening time 
I notice most the quiet 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 30

A regular beat of squeaks 
From tree to tree 
Two birds fly back and forth 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

November 26

Another year, another pageant 

not even born one year ago 
wave from the floats 
like they've always known how 

Friday, November 25, 2011

November 25

I wish I had my camera 

the pink and grey of galahs 
on twisted branches 
and a backdrop of gloomy clouds 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

November 23


Watching and listening to the waves 
I notice the brightly coloured paint spray bottle 
and then a rat climbs out from under the flowers 
twitches its nose and gently nods its head 
We watch each other for a while  
then it trots across the pavement towards the road 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

November 21

A ragged stem 
Bright, sparkling strawberry gone! 
Breakfast for a bird? 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

November 19

Where the zucchini seedling was yesterday 
A tiny dark green circle 
level with the ground 
and surrounded by silver trails 

Friday, November 18, 2011

November 18


The black-spotted orange dot 
crawls across the curly green leaves 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November 15

Broad beans 

I pop beans out 
from cushioned pods 
A pleasure akin 
to the bursting 
of bubble-wrap bubbles 

Monday, November 14, 2011

November 14

A rustle in the dryness 
and the lines of grey 
twice the slater size I am used to 
crawl over the crunchy leaves 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

November 13

Thunder and gloom 
minus shadows
Water spots 
and then the sun 
bathes all in playful light 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

November 12

"Maths Friendly. Reading Friendly." 
A fitting sign for a school. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

November 11

Organized chaos of twigs and fluff
Bird's nest
Lays empty on the ground

Thursday, November 10, 2011

November 10

clothes strewn across the yard 
the only sign 
of last night's heavy winds 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November 9

The twisted bare tree branches 
by the gloomy sky 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November 8

I walk across the back lawn 
careful not to crunch any snails 

In the garden patch 
the new zucchini plants are GONE! 

Monday, November 7, 2011

November 7

Passionfruit on the right
Bananas on the left 
The alleyway near home 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

November 6

Separate from the others 
The seagull hobbles 
begging for food

Saturday, November 5, 2011

November 5


a bright splash of red 
on the dark green parsley 

Friday, November 4, 2011

November 4

An expanse of flat blue water 
Dogs bound along the sand 
Strangers smile at each other 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November 1

A whirlwind being
my daughter's friend 
runs past  

"A pinch and a punch 
for the first day of the month" 

Ah yes, It's November already 

Monday, October 31, 2011

October 31

A jacket 
once comforting 
is now just heavy 
and too hot 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

October 30

Sunlight and shadows, plus 
leaves and colours, plus 
a camera, plus 
some time to myself, equals 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

October 29

After the rain 
Just where did they all come from? 

Friday, October 28, 2011

October 28

Bright red 
the tiny creature 
scurries across the white table 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

October 27

After an unintentionally long break 
from my words 
It's easier to see 
what I actually wrote

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

October 23

The tree is full of buzz 
A lone bee walks across the cement 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

October 21

After the rain 
The tomato plants are growing well 
So are the weeds 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

October 20

Burst of warm weather 
Concern of conversations 
The quality of sleep

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October 19

In the middle of the road 
A once loved Barbie doll 
lays rejected 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October 18

sure footed 

The workman next door 
stands on the tiled roof 
as though it is the ground 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

October 16

A rummage through my bag 
fails to uncover the house keys 
My plans for the next hour 
suddenly change  

October 15

On the street parallel to ours 
Vibrant colours light up 
a front yard garden 

(and yesterday was the first time this year that I forgot to post a small stone! The only other day not posted was because Blogger was down) 

Friday, October 14, 2011

October 14

Thick lines of water 
fuzzy blobs cover the ground 
tiny balls of ice bounce 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 13

"Thank you so much for your support"
A few words pop out
from the noise blur

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October 12

Wind powered twirl
Shadow lines dance across
the circle of leaves

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October 11

Sifting through clutter 
piece by piece 
and I am full of memories 

Monday, October 10, 2011

October 10

I begin wanting to photograph the flowers 
then I notice the bees 
bright orange on their legs 
I wait 
for one to pose 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

October 7

Curves and bumps 
tiny black dots 
scamper in all directions 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October 5

The smell of pending rain 
lingers in the air 
a cloud of comfort 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October 4

Lining the sides of the streets 
Big trees 
wearing velvet red coats 

Monday, October 3, 2011

October 3

Facebook chat 

In the same room 
they type to each other 
while verbally they discuss 
how to make emoticons 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

October 2

light and shadows play 
on the huge leaves 
I wash another plate 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

September 30

thin white sparkling curve 
the moon is a smile 
without eyes 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

September 29

Frozen pizza 

I take the box at the front 
Four more tumble to the floor 
Like dominoes 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September 28

lost keys 

From busy calm to panic 
in a matter of seconds 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

September 25

Spider web 

Pinks and purples shimmer 
along thin threads 
A lifeless fly 
bobs up and down 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

September 24

Peas, zucchini...oh and some beans 

A girl, aged about seven 
knowingly chatters to herself 
A tantrum slowly builds 
when told she can't buy 
all that she wants 

Friday, September 23, 2011

September 23

laughter breaks the tension 
tiny sparks tumble 
through the air 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September 22

people I don't know
the same time every day 
routines intersect 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September 21

guinea pig 

Up and down 
Up and down 
through the apple 
her little teeth 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

September 20

A lone seagull stands 
on the corner of the building 
A few feathers dance with the wind 

Monday, September 19, 2011

September 19

Gloomy darkness on my drive home 
It feels later than it is 
Safe and warm inside 
I listen to the roar of the rain 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

September 18

warm sun  
songs and chatter from birds 
Bunnings car park full 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

September 16


Were the trees so colourful 
before I wrote small stones? 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

September 15

Happy meal 

One small blue coloured toy 
and I remember excitement 
stops at the service station 
adding to my smurf collection 
and many hours of play 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

September 14

Festival of music choir 

magical voices 
colour filled stage 
nervous, excitement filled air 
audience members scan the sea of faces 
to locate their special one 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September 13

darkest black 
shining feathers 
the crow peruses the driveway 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

September 9

Parsley and silverbeet 
covered in white sprinkles 
peach blossom confetti 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

September 8

In the middle of the road
eating a doughnut 
the magpie stays 
until the last possible moment 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

September 7

Thick, chunky leaves 
The seedlings have doubled in size 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

September 6

The rain stops 
almost as quickly as it started 
The sun is shining again 

Monday, September 5, 2011

September 5

Orange-yellow leaves are shimmering 
in the dimming light 
The tree leans slightly to the right 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September 1

there are light green leaves 
as well as blossom 
they sparkle in the sunlight 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August 31

strong fan of green blades 
layered softness droops forward 
curls of cellophane 
closed buds never to open 
tired floral arrangement 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

August 30

colour sprinkled 
on the tops of trees 
brightening the day 

Monday, August 29, 2011

August 29


new faces 
new names
new spaces 
at the end of the day 
so tired 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

August 28

Following a search for shadows, 
I am left with 
muddy shoelaces, 
damp bottom of jean legs 
and beautiful photographs. 

(photos can be seen here)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

August 27

spotty silver trails 
the evidence 
of last night's snail adventures 

Friday, August 26, 2011

August 26

sweet soundtrack 
from the trees above 
shadow dances across bitumen

Thursday, August 25, 2011

August 25

My garden today 
A little tangled in parts 
Many plants grow strong 
Elsewhere are the bare patches 
life is about to begin 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

August 23

Shadows jiggle 
Pegs lay broken 
Underneath the washing line 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

August 21

darkness flies down 
claws scrape on fence 
heavy head twitches  
this sudden show 
a question mark 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

August 20

call for attention 

that bird is a whistle 

Friday, August 19, 2011

August 19

Tendrils twist around
Bottlebrush peers between
Parallel poles of fence

Thursday, August 18, 2011

August 18

So many small stones 
today I can't separate them 
can't polish one a little more than others 
Too many and yet none 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

August 17

Time for sleep 

In the semi darkness 
The pink flowers 
make a front yard pillow 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

August 14

small objects scattered near 
like tiny smiles 
holding memories 
of previous days 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

August 13

On Saturday 

A car park overflows 
happy noise drifts from the playground 
and colour floats in the air 

Friday, August 12, 2011

August 12

Rubbish collection day 

Bare feet on cold cement  
A line of bins wait 
the last soon in place 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August 10

Diagonal from my front door 
regardless of background colour 
the tree with the twisted branches 
pulls my attention 
every day 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

August 9

Census night 
online form 

failed login 
seek assistance  

A '2' which wasn't a '2' at all 
but a 'z' 

Login success 
Census form complete 

Monday, August 8, 2011

August 8

With the blend of sunshine and rain 
Leaves are glittering 
this morning 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

August 7

Plastic spoon scraping icy cordial 

A bird laughing? 
Someone brushing their teeth? 
I couldn't work out 
what the noise was. 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

August 5

Through the screen 
I watch shadowy branches 
dancing in time 
to meditation music 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

August 4

Four wheel drive 
bottom right corner 
"Remember to breathe" 
strategically placed 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

August 2

Diagnosis: Kylie 

Birthday celebration 
My mum talks of her pregnancy 
We laugh together 

Monday, August 1, 2011

August 1

Tangles of branches
Bright orange background
Simply beautiful

Sunday, July 31, 2011

July 31

Colours on the flyscreen 

A precise blend
sunlight and my viewpoint 
a recipe for beauty 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

July 30

Over the back fence 
the tree is dressed 
in tiny white clouds 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

July 28

One hour later 

the muted tones of early morning 
replaced by brightness and shadow

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July 26

A return to the familiar 
Everything is the same 
yet slightly different 

Monday, July 25, 2011

July 25

Post dental visit 
My jaw aches 
Bird and car noise blurs together 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

July 24

I drive past a house
like many, many times before 

I notice the patterns on the curtains 
for the first time 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

July 23

In the small gap between curtain and wall 
I watch 
long, thin leaves being blown around 

Friday, July 22, 2011

July 22

A man walks through the shopping centre 
dressed as a hotdog 
It looks like he is trying not to laugh 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

July 21

Some mornings I awake to sweet chatter 
Today - one bird 
sharp shouts 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July 20

Opportunity shopping 

Browsing the bookshelves 
Triggers so many childhood memories 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

July 19

A rare afternoon nap 

in my shoulders and neck 
until I can ignore it no more 

Monday, July 18, 2011

July 18

Today my daughter turns fifteen 
I needed to sign and date a form 
I started to write the wrong year 
corrected myself just in time 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

July 16

Open-beaked and wide-eyed
the birds yell 
then bounce from wire to wire 

Friday, July 15, 2011

July 15

Wood oven pizza 

Warmth radiates towards me 
Cheese bubbles within seconds 
Flavours blend together perfectly 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

July 12

Three hours later 
The numbers on the clock 
astound me 
I was closing my eyes for just a few more minutes  

Monday, July 11, 2011

July 11


Old patterns return 
bring reminders of the past 
Despair at their return 
or gratitude that they are regular no more? 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

July 10

Daffodils in the neighbour's front yard 
Such a bright yellow 
Like a giant smile 
as I reverse the car each day 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

July 9

As I drive around the corner 
Bright yellow bells 
jangle in front of my eyes 
One tree standing out from the rest 
"Look at me! Look at me!" 

Friday, July 8, 2011

July 8

10 year old trying on new clothes 
The 'jog on the spot' test 
a necessary inclusion 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

July 7

200 posts 

200 small stones 
nearly 200 days into the year 
My first daily small stone written just before January 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 6

The toddler heads straight to the puddle 
splash, splash, splash 
rubber boots on 
she came prepared 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July 5

Outdoor performance 

The audience comes and goes 
just like the rain 

Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4

Waiting in the bank 
I watch the body language of another 
and I am transported to my former self 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

July 3

The front door opens and shuts 
by itself 
We look at each other 
astonishment and a tinge of fear 
I investigate 
see the back of our cat 
as he casually walks away 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

July 2

The road is dark with water 
The lavender shivers 
A Saturday to stay inside 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

June 30

Each morning 
the same people walking 
in the same place 
We never used to see them 
"New to the area", I suggest 
"or their car isn't working", my daughter offers. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

June 26

Birds flutter around 
continuing in circles 
small moments expand 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

June 25

small white stars 
congregate in bunches 
on the greenery 

Friday, June 24, 2011

June 24

Table and two chairs
Neatly arranged out the front
Does anyone ever sit there?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

June 22

Gentle chatter 
I can't make out the words 
but it sounds happy 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 21

Trees line up 
down the middle of the road 
with their arms up 
shouting "Hooray!"

Monday, June 20, 2011

June 20

The mood is dull and flat 
THe grumpiness of the wind 
suddenly builds 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

June 19

I notice the noise first 
then the colour 

The brightly coloured parrot 
Too heavy for the branch 
Sways like a huge pendulum 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

June 18

Tree wears a stunning necklace 
Bright orange beads 
Sparkle in the sunlight 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

June 14

I notice 
the dog is still barking 
when the car noise fades 

Monday, June 13, 2011

June 13

in an effort to arrive on time 
I notice so many small stones 
waving from the side of the road 

I don't have time to slow down now 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

June 12

Elusive piece of clothing 

Check the line outside 
Peruse hanging clothes inside 
Rummage through drawers and basket 
Finally find it 
Tangled in the washing machine