Marvellous Magnolia

Flower symbolism dates back thousands of years. Just like flowers have their symbolic meanings, they also have strong secret messages behind them that make them so unique. The message behind the Magnolia flower is to always be stable in life and to go through life with your head up high. According to the Feng Shui, a magnolia planted in front of the house attracts the energy of pleasure and rest, and if it is planted behind the house symbolizes the slow but sure acquisition of wealth. Magnolias were thought to be the perfect symbols of womanly beauty and gentleness. They are symbols of the feminine side in every person and females in general.

Icons of the River City
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Icons of the River City depict architecture, locations, flora, landmarks and other icons representing Brisbane. These icons are recognised by Brisbanites and outsiders alike and are a synonym for Brisbane. Moreover these icons have a meaning for residents of the River City and the artist because this is where memories are created.  There are places of formal and informal strategic decision making for the City such as Brisbane City Hall, the Breakfast Creek Hotel and the Gabba. Or it is food (mango) and drink (XXXX) which has a strong relationship with the City. Brisbane River  is the spine of the city to which it relates and orients itself.

Timepiece Thoughts
Timepiece Thoughts

There are so many perspectives to a wristwatch. For the watchmaker, it might be a marvel of precision, for the expert a piece of art and for the wearer a means to express himself.

The first timepieces to be worn were made by a German watchmaker in the 16. Century. The first wristwatch was created for the Queen of Naples in 1812. Wristwatches were primarily worn by women.

The Patek Philippe 1518 watch was the first serially produced chronograph with a perpetual calendar ever. It made history a second time when one was sold for $11000000 in 2016.  Patek Philippe has received over 100 patents for inventions in the watchmaking industry

Watches have been a status symbol since they were invented. If you pulled out a pocket watch in 1750 you were a hotshot. Things are different nowadays, but surprisingly the same in some ways. Upscale timepieces aren’t technologically necessary, but they have something to say about who wears them. In social contexts, people look at your watch to determine things like your social position, level of education, taste and of course wealth.

Times have changed for wristwatches from being a timepiece to a fashion accessory. Nowadays most people rely on their phones for the time. The wristwatch is merely a fashion accessory or a way to express oneself.

Bovine Perspectives

Cows and bulls have since ancient times a relationship with humans. It is believed that the access to the protein in milk was the reason for the human brain to grow larger relative to its body than in other species. Since then humans have domesticated the animal and used it as a source for food, clothing and material for tools and utensils. They have evolved over time and are bred for different purposes.  Cows and bulls were and are revered as gods and holy animals in ancient times and today.

Chocolate Chronicles
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Fantastic Frangipani

Flower symbolism became more and more important as the time went by, and even the early civilizations knew how much beauty there is in flowers. They used flowers to surprise their loved ones and to show appreciation to the gods.

The Frangipani name was derived from a 16th-century noble named Marquis Frangipani. He created a unique perfume that became very popular for giving gloves a pleasant scent. 

The Frangipani flower is a symbol of new life and renewal and a symbol of the strength to withstand tough challenges. This symbolic meaning is derived from the botanical properties of the Frangipani flower. This plant can’t be burnt easily. It must be heated to catch alight and start burning. Hence the message of the Frangipani flower is being delicate and beautiful doesn’t mean that you are weak or unable to take on a challenge.

‘Chocolate Chronicles’ focuses on the different life cycle stages of chocolates. It honours the work of the cocoa farmer who together with the right climate and soils produces the raw material: cocoa beans. The chocolatier with his skills and knowledge transforms the cocoa beans into bars of chocolate or enriches them with other flavour for pralines or chocolate truffles. Good chocolate not only tastes good but also feels good. Chocolate can make a nice present for a loved one and it can be addictive.  Eating chocolate actually produces similar brain chemistry to that of being in love. Just think of the joy of receiving a nicely wrapped box of chocolates. When it finally touches your lips, the chocolate starts to instantly melt, filling your mouth with exquisite pleasure. The taste and smell floods your senses with overwhelming ecstasy. No wonder chocolate is so much loved.

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Deconstructed Kookaburra
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Luminous Lotus

Flower symbolism dates back thousands of years and we are all affected by it. Flower symbols are not only pretty for decoration purposes. Just like flowers have their symbolic meanings, they also have strong secret messages behind them that make them so unique.

The Lotus flower is regarded in many different cultures, especially in eastern religions, as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth. Its characteristics are a perfect analogy for the human condition: even when its roots are in the dirtiest waters, the Lotus produces the most beautiful flower.

The color of the Lotus certainly affects its general meaning. The white lotus flower and pink lotus are seen as meaning purity and devotion. More passionately colored red, purple, and blue Lotus flower blooms can take on a spiritual meaning of ascension, enlightenment, or rebirth. A green Lotus flower is a beautiful gift for anyone trying to improve their life and start good habits.

Kookaburras are intelligent and quite social, and can become quite tame at picnic spots, accepting handouts from people. Kookaburras mate for life, and both care for the young. Offspring are known to remain and help care for new families

The kookaburra encourages us to use laughter as a form of healing. Laughter can be a positive force for the body, even when we force it and we don't really 'feel' it. If it is time to turn your hurt into happiness, and the power of laughter is a great road to doing just that.

Everyone has personal values and beliefs, which particularly resonate with who you are as a person. 

The Kookaburra has a spiritual animal energy which helps you to find your beliefs, and these beliefs enable you to recognise your own inner strength. That way you are able to teach your values and beliefs  to others, and also aid others in finding and recognising their own values and beliefs.

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Pearl Perspectives
Pearl Perspective
Lovely Lilies

It is believed that the majestic lily flowers have long played a role in ancient mythology. The lily was so adored by the Greeks that they believed it sprouted from the milk of Hera, the Queen of the Gods. Images of lilies were discovered in a villa in Crete dating back to 1580 BC and the word lily is derived from the Greek word "Leiron" which is generally believed to be the white Madonna lily.

In the symbolic language the lily stands for purity, innocence and fertility. In addition, the lily symbolizes vulnerability and the freedom to be ourselves and to allow others to be who they are. The lily is a symbolic flower of health and care.

The message of the lily flower is to take a regal stance and embrace your own power. Renewal is just around the corner and the end of one thing signals the beginning of another.

Predator of the Sky
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The beauty of a pearl can be reflected in many of its virtues.  As the only gem created by a living thing, a pearl almost always has natural characteristics and imperfections that give each pearl uniqueness, a finger print if you like.  It’s virtually impossible to find two pearls that are identical in all aspects.


Pearls are symbolic of wisdom gained through experience. The gems are believed to offer protection, as well as attract good luck and wealth. They are well-known for their calming effects. Pearls have a way of bringing balance to your karma.

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Master of Aviation

The Wedge-tailed Eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey and most powerful raptor.  He is often seen effortlessly soaring the wind drafts, implying an sense of freedom. But in the end even he can’t escape the natural lifecycle of all living beings.. 

Radiant Rose
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Cockatoo Connections

The cockatoo is a very handsome bird. I often observe cockatoos and for me they represent a sense of community and the importance of communication. Look at the colours of the showy crest of the Cockatoo, and how the Cockatoo uses its crest in communication. Wherever Cockatoos are, feeding or resting, they always have a sentinel on guard, ready to warn them of approaching danger.  This has become part of Australian colloquialism, a ‘cocky’ being a lookout. These characters get into all sorts of mischief and comical situations exploring the wonders of life, and they appear to enjoy themselves thoroughly.

"The life cycle of a rose can be related back to our own lives. We go through phases of growth, pruning and rough winters that can leave us bare but in the end, we (like roses) will regrow and prosper again.

The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential.


It seems to be constantly in the process of change: Yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.”


 Paulo Coelho

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Dark Wings
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Wings carry a number of associations: they may accompany images of Christian angels, fairies, spirits, and demons. They not only represent the ability to fly, but also suggest the improvement of the subject. Winged creatures are often messengers of the gods, and they are a symbol of freedom and spirituality.

Cooktown Orchid

The Cooktown Orchid is the official floral emblem of Queensland since 19 November 1959. 

What would a poet have to say about the relationship between the Cooktown Orchid and the Queensland character? I would like to think that a poet would begin with the plant's aerial habitat: it lives in rainforest trees, up in the canopy (it is an epiphyte), closer to the warm sun, hiding up high the flowers

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