Sunday, May 31, 2009

Day 131 - Some like It Hot and last day of May

Our local cinema is playing a series of old movie classics and today we saw Some Like It hot with Marilyn Munroe, Jack Lemon and Tony Curtis. Even though this is an old movie, it still had some very funny moments. My pictures didn't turn out well. I felt nervous that I would be reprimanded for taking shots in a cinema - very cheeky. But such an old movie I don't think there were copywrite issues. Just annoying to the other film goers (I only took 2 shots)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Day 130 ICTEV Conference

Spent the day at the ICT Education victoria Conference at Melbourne Grammar. A very full day, generally interesting and inspiring. See:
for notes on some of the presentations.

Friday, May 29, 2009

day 128 It's Friday

I was stuck for a pic today but just received an email from my friend informing me that her daughter, who works for the DSE in the area of silverculture (Silviculture is the art and science of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health, and quality of forests to meet diverse needs and values of the many landowners, societies and cultures)
was quoted in The Age today. Also appeared on a video on The Age website

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Day 127 - a trip into city

It's always a big deal for us hills people to drive into the city. Sue and I went into an Apple Roadshow Education seminar- very inspiring! Now I would LOVE to have an Apple ipodtouch - so nifty and fun! Anyway, the Seminar was held at the VCA in St Kilda Rd and there were lots of great photo opportunities along the way.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

126 - A cosy fire to keep us warm

Our central heating is out of action so we've had to use the open fire - very nice and cosy.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Day 125 In with the new, out with the old

The old kitchen cabinets are piled up in the carport - waiting for possible recycling by various children. The new cabinets are looking good in the nearly finished new kitchen.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Day124 - The last night of my old kitchen

Feeling ridiculously sentimental about my old kitchen which will be ripped out tomorrow. We've cleaned it right out (nearly) and it looks quite sparkly and fresh. but it's not - it's 32 years old and it's shabby and worn out so it's got to go! But I am a bit sad.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Day 123 Preparing for the new kitchen

First step - removing all the contents of the kitchen in preparation for the cabinetmaker - coming on Tuesday morning!Oh what chaos but all in a good cause.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Day 122 - the arrival of Selvi Valerie

Here is my brand new neice, Selvi, born this morning at 7.30. My baby brother is a very proud daddy today!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Day 121 - Another foggy morning

Friday morning, 7.30. Walking down the driveway to collect the morning paper, thought the layer of fog hovering in the valley of the township would make a good shot. Close by trees are out of focus though.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Day 120 - Carved tree stumps

On my way to the pool there are these old pines that were recently cut down leaving ugly jutting stumps that have been magically transformed into the imaginative shapes you see in these pics.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Day 118 Old fashioned kids

An old photo of my 3 children taken many years ago at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Motivational poster of a double bass player

Couldn't actually work out how to post a big version of the big huge labs poster, so had to "jing" it

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Just experimenting with Big Huge Labs and Michael wanted a promo pic for a gig he's doing - so he's today's photo (actually taken last week)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Day 116 My Blue Poles

This is my tiled desktop picture at the moment - someone thought it was a Jackson Pollock! They obviously did not look very closely.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Day 115 - Driving along the Eastern

About 5pm, heading to Northcote, thought the sky looked rather interesting.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Day 114 Meeting Ginja

Ginja is the angora rabbit Ishaa received for her 6th Birthday. He is very adorable, behaves like a puppy dog and is nearly house trained.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Day 113 - Zucchini slice for tea

Keeping in the cooking theme of some of my fellow daily pic bloggers - here is tonight's dish, zucchini slice. Very easy, threw it together in 10 minutes.Served with a salad, it's light and tasty.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

112 - One way to spend your day off

Okay, I know I've whinged about this a lot but this was the most significant thing that happened on this day so it's what I've photographed- my yr12 correction pile. They've got an important assessment coming up next week so they've been completing practice essay tasks. Hopefully the feedback I have given them will stand them in good stead. Notice my computer screen in the background? Keeping up with emails, facebook comments, tweets, blog comments do help alleviate the tedium.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Day 111 - A sideways sheep in a our garden.

This is our neighbour's sheep who comes over to our property sometimes to eat the grass. Saves on a bit of mowing.
The original pic is the right way up, don't know why Blogger turned it sideways.

Monday, May 11, 2009

A mural mosaic on a wall at my school - Day 110

This was created by a talented young art teacher at our school and her students. Depicts a cityscape juxtaposed with the Dandenong Mountains.

Autumn Colours - Day 109

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Day 108 Mother's Day at the Wesley Anne

An old Wesleyan church converted to a restaurant and performance space in Northcote where Michael was performing with Jed - very pleasant.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Day 107 - Soup tonight

Thank you to Tania for this idea - our soup for tonight's dinner - lambshank and vegetables!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Day 106 - Posters on film study

My yr12's loved the 3 periods we spent working on their poster depicting characters and themes from their film study, Loook Both Ways. It was a change from making notes.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Day 105, a corner of my garden

Here's a pretty corner of my garden looking colourful and autumnal at the moment.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Day 104 - Parent / Teacher Interviews

Just a short time before I took this photo, this area was buzzing with teachers and parents talking to each other. It was a postive and friendly atmosphere and the process was organized smoothly and efficiently. It was the first time parents had to book an interview online and - a sign of the times - seemed quite unfazed by this - contrary to predictions.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Day 103 Literature Circles

I'm trying hard to establish a Literature Circle approach to our 2nd term novel in my yr7 class. We are reading Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson and this is only the second session - but so far it's been a bit of a struggle. My students are feeling a little challenged by not only the concepts of the different roles they are given each week but just reading the assigned chapters. I suspect a lot of children these days are not regular readers of novels. I've been having to resort to reading TO them - which they enjoy. Pic today shows one of the groups in action.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Day 102 - Jimi Hendrix Days

I had a surfeit of photos on the weekend but nothing for today - just boring old school, nothing presented itself during the day that I wanted to photograph. At home I went on the prowl and wandered into my son's old room where this portrait of Jimi lives - painted by my mother for her then teenaged grandson who was in love with Jimi Hendrix in those days. His tastes in music have broadened since. He still plays modern melodies but is also into jazz and classical music on his double bass, cello and piano. My mother still paints and is having fun with water colours and pastels these days.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Day 101 Ishaa's 6th birthday and a ride on Puffing Billy

For her 6th birthday Ishaa decided ona Puffing Billy party - riding on the old steam train from Belgrave to Emerald Lake through breathtakingly beautiful countryside, a BBQ and cake picnic and home again. Much fun had (mainly) by all.

Day 100 with Cafe Rebetika

Saw a wonderful play at the Melbourne Arts Centre called Cafe Rebetika written and directed by Stephen Helper,featuring amazing old Greek blues music and songs but touching story acted out in English.Unfortunately short premier season but this play should be going places.Pics show the Art Centre foyer, old sketch of Rebetika musos and the set on stage showing interior of a taverna, Pireas, Greece

Friday, May 1, 2009

Day 99 The first of the month and last of the week

Coming home photoless what should I see as I pulled into the carport was this kookaburra in the backyard waiting for me to take its photo! Seen also in the background is a huge pile of bark and sticks gathered from around our property and waiting to be burnt.