A matter of contrast.

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An Irish family who have lived and worked in Australia for over ten years now faces deportation because their 4 year old son has a disability which the government deems to be too much of a ‘burden.’ Unbelievable, and how does Australia keep getting away with these deplorable cruel acts? https://www.sbs.com.au/news/this-irish-family-is-facing-deportation-because-of-their-son-s-cystic-fibrosis

If it wasn’t for our retreat into our garden with daily sun and nightly stars we would have left this barren and morally depleted country years ago. To be honest it’s not the country’s fault really, and perhaps the idealisation of perceived better places elsewhere on this earth might be totally wrong. I happen to read up on Iceland and was astonished to read they have a law that prohibits women earning less than men. They also do not have an army and at one stage had a government with women only. They also jailed corrupt banking moguls. Those sort of facts about a country gladden the heart, don’t they?

In fact, we did leave many years ago and lived with our three children back in Holland for just over three years. That first summer was glorious with everlasting evenings. The sun did not go down till 10pm and woke us up at 5am. We bought bicycles for all of us and rode around without a worry with weeping willows bowing to the wind and in our faces. We made the move back to Australia because my family were living there and I was missing my brothers and sister. We also had Whitlam,  Bob Hawke and Paul Keating as Prime ministers who moved Australia into the twentieth century.

But, let me just look at the positive. A few days ago I happen to take the above photo. As I walked out of the door I noticed this isolated daisy having risen from the garden during the night. I took out my iPhone and took this picture. Isn’t it lovely? A shy golden nugget daisy nestling against the coarse bark of the Manchurian pear tree. They seem symbiotic. The softness and colour of the flower gives sustenance and beauty to the coarse barked tree which in return gives shelter and support to the daisy.  The flower is raising its head in gratitude to the tree and the trunk seems to answer with ‘no worries’, mate.

If you look carefully at the picture you might see a cane basket at the back of the flower. It was used as a laundry basket for decades but was past it’s use and started to break. Helvi put it in the garden and filled it with leaves and some soil. No doubt the basket will be reclaimed by the garden in time and more daisies will come up. It is a give and take, isn’t?


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8 Responses to “A matter of contrast.”

  1. Dorothy Brett Says:

    Hi Gerard, another lovely piece. I really enjoy them as well as interesting facts about other countries.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Thank you, Dorothy. It’s always nice to get compliments.
      I still think life on a Greek island would be nice compared with living in cold Iceland. However, some say Australia is as good as it gets. Many retire up North and love the climate, Coff’s Harbour’s big banana.


  2. shoreacres Says:

    Looking for a perfect country is rather like looking for perfect weather, don’t you think? Perfection’s hard to come by anywhere — better to celebrate what beauty and goodness come our way. You certainly have captured the dynamic in your photo of the rough bark and delicate flower. It reminds me of those lines from William Blake:

    “Joy and woe are woven fine,
    A clothing for the soul divine,
    Under every grief and pine,
    Runs a joy with silken twine.
    It is right it should be so,
    We were made for joy and woe,
    And when this we rightly know,
    Through the world we safely go.”

    Blake’s drawings and engravings could be a little…um…strange, but I do like many of his poems.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Lovely poem and thank you, Linda.

      Indeed, perfection need not be
      well understood by honey bee
      whose hunt for myrtle and Telopea
      gives us lovely sweet Memoria

      To a Daisy
      by John Hartley

      Ah! I’m feared thou’s come too sooin,
      Little daisy!
      Pray whativer wor ta doin’?
      Are ta crazy?
      Winter winds are blowin’ yet.
      Tha’l be starved, mi little pet!

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  3. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    It IS give and take…death can bring new life.
    That photo is spectacular, Gerard! It brings me joy. Thank you! 🙂 And your words about the photo are poetic. 🙂
    It IS like the strong tree is sheltering the delicate daisy…and the daisy is bringing the tree beauty and joy. 🙂 Oh, if only human-beans, who seem different, could realize how much they could help and bring joy to each other.
    I’m so sorry for that family. 😦 The world can be so cruel. 😦 And those who need compassion, help, empathy, etc., are not able to receive it. 😦
    I don’t think it’s a country problem these days…it seems to be leadership and people in/of power problem. 😦
    Like you, I am looking for, AND finding, positives! 🙂
    HUGS to you and Helvi!
    PATS to Milo!


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Thank you ,Carolyn.
      There is beauty all around if one opens the mind ‘eye and search for it. Even weeds have beauty and a right to grow. In fact nothing in nature is really ugly a far as I can tell.
      Amazingly that sweet little daisy has now gone. It lasted just a day. Some creature only live a day, yet it is an entire life for them.
      Hugs, from Gerard.

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  4. bkpyett Says:

    You are spot on about our government having no ethics or feeling for minorities. Sending a family away because of a sick child is beyond all reason. I liked your thoughts about Iceland. We can only work towards better solutions here in Australia. I”m glad you ended on a happier note with the beautiful golden nugget daisy, that is perfection. When things aren’t going well, nature shows us her unique self to bring back our equilibrium. Thanks Gerrard.


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