Sunday, May 29, 2016

Poetry Pantry #304


Photographs of city of Castlemaine -
Victoria, Australia
by Rosemary Nissen-Wade


The historic Market building, now the Visitors' Information Centre


The streets are full of trees


Some lovely old houses are now in use as offices


The old shop buildings, featuring "iron lacework" are still used

There is lovely lead-lighting

Beautiful old doorways and arches

Many historic crafts still thrive in Castlemaine, as people 
decorate well-preserved old homes in keeping with their era


Greetings, Friends.  And happy Memorial Day weekend to those of you who live in the USA. I personally am looking forward to a barbecue with family on Monday.  Memorial Day really is the unofficial beginning of summer here.  Parades, picnics, barbecues abound.

Today we are featuring photographs by Rosemary Nissen-Wade. She says that Castlemaine is full of beautiful old buildings and includes for us this excerpt from Wikipedia: "Castlemaine is a small city in Victoria, Australia, about 120 kilometres northwest by road from Melbourne and about 40 kilometres from the major provincial centre of Bendigo. Castlemaine began as a gold rush boomtown in 1851 and developed into a major regional centre, being officially proclaimed a City on 4 December 1965, although since declining in population. It is home to many cultural institutions including the Theatre Royal, the oldest continuously operating theatre in mainland Australia."  Thank you very much, Rosemary, for your photos which allow us to see Castlemaine through your eyes!

This past week was a wonderful week at Poets United.  if you haven't read Sherry's interview of Jae Rose last Monday, DO take a look back!  And nice to see SO many of you at Susan's prompt 'Picnic' at Midweek Motif last Wednesday. And Rosemary a delightful share for her I Wish I'd Written This feature.  She shared a poem by Angie Walker who may be familiar to some of you, as she blogs at Angieinspired.

Tomorrow be sure to visit Poets United, as Sherry has a chat with a very long time participant in both Midweek Motif and Poetry Pantry.  I always look forward to his poem each Sunday in the pantry...as this Aussie is always one of the very first to post.  (No more clues, but DO come back!)

Susan's Midweek Motif prompt Wednesday is Parents, Guardians, Important Adults in the Lives of Children......if you want to get a head start writing to the topic.

With no further delay, let's share poetry today.  Link your one poem below.  Share a comment with us.  And visit the poems of other poets who have posted.  Check back throughout today and tomorrow for more poems to visit.

29 comments:

  1. Love this, there is such charm in old buildings. It triggers your fantasy of what could have happened in the past.

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  2. The architecture is like a blast from the past :) Thanks for sharing Rosemary.

    Sharing another haiku this week.

    Hope everyone is doing great :)

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  3. beautiful photos Rosemary..a happy Sunday to you all dear poets :)

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  4. Happy arrival of summer to all - and winter to those on the other side of the hemisphere - gorgeous photos Rosemary.. and thank you for another pantry

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  5. Rosemary's photos remind me once again that we write from all round the world and it is so good to have this blogspot to come together.
    Glad to be back and catching up with recent posts - especially enjoyed the Jae Rose interview - a gifted and generous poet

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  6. Good morning once again! We are going to have a beautiful spring (more like summer) day today. Just returned home from beautiful Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, as the picture I used for my poem today indicates. And, ah, there will be some pictures in the Pantry as time goes on! See each of you on the 'trail' today! Looking forward to reading your poetry.

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  7. Hey everyone,

    Hope you are having an amazing day so far :D sharing my poem "Perchance." Thank you Mary for opening the doors to yet another gorgeous pantry and Rosemary for the beautiful pictures :D

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  8. Those photos are a rich cultural treat. I find the lead lighting to be most intriguing.

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  9. Rosemary what an utterly charming place....and I love the historical buildings and scenes from Castlemaine...so happy you shared these. It is an unseasonably hot humid time here in central NY....I love summer but I miss the spring weather we have not had so far....but no complaints.

    Hoping everyone has a wonderful Sunday. I am out planting in the garden, even in the 90 degree heat, but I'll be around this afternoon to read poetry. Looking forward to it.

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  10. Good morning folks, so happy its Sunday, i get to spend the day with you here, luv those photos of Australia

    Have A Great Day

    much love...

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  11. Ah those clouds (✿◠‿◠)

    much love...

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  12. Greetings Mary and All…

    Lovely fresh looking photos of Australia from Rosemary. Not long back from travels the wonderfully tranquil Greek island of Crete and I now have a new poem and images only just published on the site last week.

    As ever, comments and/or personal responses on any of this always very welcome and much appreciated… Hope you enjoy and really looking forward to reading all your new stuff today too…

    Scottie x

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    1. Nice to see you here, Scott! Crete must have been wonderful!

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  13. Looks like such a sweet place! Thanks for the photos!

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  14. Rosemary, you're so lucky, to have historical buildings, as Toronto cannibalizes its past, for the future, losing a part of its heritage, to share, with others

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    1. Murwillumbah NSW, where I live, still has quite a few old buildings, but not so picturesque as those in Castlemaine. :-)

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  15. I love the look of the old buildings, Rosemary - so quaint and charming. Lovely everyone has preserved the past. It must feel lovely to go in and out of shops from yesteryear. Thanks for hosting the Pantry, Mary....am looking forward to diving in.

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  16. Good day, everyone! It's great to be here after a very busy week. will be around to read later.

    Rosemary, gorgeous pictures you are sharing today. They are so detailed. I am acquainted with Castlemaine a long time ago. Castlemaine XXXX beer! strong stuff! :D

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    1. Probably the town and the beer are both much the same as when you visited! :-)

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  17. Thanks for using my photos, Mary. So glad you all enjoyed them. They were taken back in December when I visited there and the skies were blue and sunny. Now it is getting cold in Australia and I'm all rugged up!

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  18. What a gorgeous place! I love that iron lacework. So pretty!

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  19. Rosemary's photos are just lovely. I particularly love the last window!

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  20. For some strange reason I can't link today! My post is at: https://capriciouspoet.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/my-still-life/
    Never happened before but I'm getting an error. I can try again later.

    Love your photos Rosemary what a beautiful place you live in! I love the lead windows, lights and old houses turned into offices and stores.

    I hope everyone has a good week ahead I'm getting ready to go out on a ride. It's Memorial Day weekend here.

    Hugs! Bekkie

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    1. Thanks Bekkie, but it is not where I live; I am far north of there. They were taken when I was visiting my niece, who has a property nearby.

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  21. Thank you Rosemary for those wonderful pictures. Hope everyone in the US has a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend and wish everyone a happy week.

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  22. Hi Rosemary! Thank you for sharing your pictures today. They are charming! Australia is on my list of places to go!

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  23. Lovely photographs, Rosemary. You've succeeded in capturing and communicating some of the charming vintage aspects of Castlemaine. Thanks, so much, for sharing.

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  24. Castlemaine looks like a terrific city to visit, Rosemary! Very beautiful old school charm!

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    1. It has a small town feel, which I like. I found the people friendly and helpful.

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