Thursday, April 30, 2009
Spent a few hours in bed today on my day off battling flu type symptoms - feel a lot better now. Ventured outside in the late afternoon "winter" sunshine and snapped this pic of our productive little cumquat tree - not that we do anything with them but they're pretty to look at.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
This pic was inspired by another daily picture blogger's @ http://djimenez-daybyday.blogspot.com/, Day 13. When I first looked at it I thought it was my driveway for a second - without all the nuisance agapanthus that we planted about 20 years ago before we realised what an intrusive and invasive pest they were. My horticulturalist friend Sue periodically tells me I must get a bobcat and skip and get rid of them - it's on the "to do" list.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Coming home today I found this year's school photos of my 2 grandchildren lying on the diningroom table. I just sat and stared at them for ages - how grown up they are becoming. My grandson is a bit of a dreamer and his sister knows her mind exactly - can't you see this in their faces?
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Stayed inside mostly today - very windy outside and cold. Pics show the big autumnal tree of our neighbours that I can see from my work area. Other trees are swaying over the back of our house. Also had some fun with Comic Life preparing an activity for my Literacy support class tomorrow following their viewing of ET the Extra Terrestrial (when I was at the yr11 Expo on Friday)
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Not much happened today, very relaxing, a bit cold for a change. Registered online for the ICTEV conference next month and posted up an event notice on our school Ning. Made a screen capture of the conference logo using Jing, of course.
Friday, April 24, 2009
I accompanied the yr11's to Caulfield Race track to a career expo day. It was fairly frenetic but exciting if your life is stretching out in front of you.The bus drove through welcomed rain to get us home where I waited on the hill to be picked up - back to the hills.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
My grandchildren's beloved cat Basil (who was also the kindergarten cat) died today. He was a most extraordinarily affectionate cat - and will be sadly missed by all. This photo shows him smooching up to Penny and Isaac - last year sometime.The other pic is the entrance to our home - which I did take today.On my day off I did not manage to do all the tasks I wanted to do but did rearrange and tidy up our front door area. Nick even noticed it when he came home.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Every Tuesday, we treat ourselves to a morning tea in out staffroom area - lifts our spirits a bit. Later in the day Sue alerted me to the cockatoo on the Australian flag totem pole just outside our staffroom, so it's really her pic - even though she is not presently keeping up her daily blog.
Monday, April 20, 2009
What a relief to sit at the kitchen bench, sipping coffee and chatting with Nick. First day back at school after a break is always a little challenging - seems to get harder as the years go by. Gazing absently at some of the objects on my kitchen bench I suddenly experienced an artistic moment and seized the camera.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Today was Easter Sunday according to the Julian Calendar which the Orthodox Christian churches of the world follow.As my husband is Greek, we have always celebrated "Greek Easter" as well as "Australian Easter" as we have always distinguished them. My pictures however aren't quite the genuine product - they're last year's. I forgot to take my camera today! But really, things don't change much from year to year -although the children change more than the adults.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
After spending a considerable amount of time setting up blogs for my students on 21classes, they have just informed us they will be charging us for every blog we have over 20. As I have 26 students in my yr7 class, bless their little hearts, I had to look elsewhere. Sue Waters suggested globalstudent would be our best bet -and I think it will be pretty good. I liked the way 21classes allowed you to preview entries before they were published and the way you could personalise the appearanc eof your blog. Edublogs doesn't appear to allow these functions - but apparently it has lots of other great features. Needless to say I have now spent a considerable amount of time on the last day of my holiday, setting this up for my yr7 students. Oh well...if it works, it's worth it.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
We said goodbye to a young woman on our staff called Summer today. She's a member of that generation who, if they're not happy in a job, move on to try something different.Something my generation rarely contemplated. So you have to admire these adventurous young things. We had a wonderfully pleasant morning tea that overflowed into lunch for some of us. I think we could have just chatted away the afternoon, the atmosphere in this lovely old restaurant in Belgrave, was very conducive to doing just that.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
We were up in the chook pen and I snapped these of Ishaa in a new outfit. The photos are a bit blurred because my camera was on the wrong setting.
Monday, April 13, 2009
I'm minding my grand daughter today and we went shopping for her birthday present - she'll be 6 early next month. She picked out a new doona cover and some bedroom accessories. For her 4th birthday she was very "into" fairies. Her 5th birthday she was obsessed by horses. Now she is very taken by pirates - so this was her choice of theme. No girlie hearts and flowers for her!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Spent at the home my son, oldest daughter and her partner have bought in Warburton. Lovely roast lamb and vegies and lots of hot cross buns for desert. Next week we will celebrate the Orthodox Easter with my husband's family and this will have a distinctive Greek flavour to it. We're a bit of a multicultural family with my daughter's husband having a Dutch connection. One of my brothers married a Kurdish Turkish girl and they're expecting their first child in 2 months - that will give me some fun photo opportunities, all going well!
Pics today show aunty Penny reading to her nephew and niece and a jumble of Steiner toys (my grandchildren attend a Rudolph Steiner school.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
We set out early this morning and finalised our choice of new appliances for our new kitchen and then visited the factory where Carlo, our cabinet maker is working on our new cupboards. We dropped in to see Nick's aunty who lives in Noble Park - such an exotic, multicultural place these days. Then to Oakleigh to collect mum who came back home with us. During a short interlude before heading out again, I finished some yr7 correction on the novel, Hitler's Daughter. If you can double click on the pic you will see the vast range of ability demonstrated by the written responses of my students.You can also pick up errors that I have left uncorrected - don't want to demoralise the kiddies too much!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Here's our new rug from Afghanistan.My daughter has met an Afghani family near where she lives who sell rugs made back in their homeland. Apparently the man's father acts as a middleman who organizes the collection and exportation of these rugs. My daughter has been assured the rug making industries are home based and do not use exploited labour - but that's hard to be totally confident about. Anyway, hopefully our purchase of this beautiful rug will go to helping someone in that poor punished land.
When I went to pay my osteopath this morning, I realised I didn't have my credit card. I remembered the last time I'd used it was the night before in Readings in Carlton. I rang them and yes, it was there.Funnily enough they had a big stack of unclaimed credit cards in their lost property drawer. So back I had to go - at least I had not driven the night before and the run is much quicker in the morning. And East Link is a big help. My pics today are of Readings and my 2 purchases - One for my grandson (Wimpy Kid diary by Jeff Kinney) and I've been wanting to read the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
a holiday treat - movie and dinner with friends in inner city Carlton. Saw "Milk" with Sean Penn - it was excellent. Dinner at Shakahari - very delicious Asian vegetarian.shakahari is hindi for vegetarian
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Pretty much stayed home all day and waded through my mountain of correction - I made some progress today which was comforting.I went in search of something interesting for my blog pic and this is what I decided on. Old pics show our mothers as young women and our parents' wedding photos. One wedding took place in Alexandria, Egypt in 1946, the other in Rockhampton, Qld, Australia in 1945. We never know what destinations the future will bring our way.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Grand children's daddy came and picked them up this morning - he's a lovely son in law. My mother and I then drove to a shoe shop in Bentleigh (far from my house but close to mum's) where they stock very comfortable shoes at reduced prices. I bought a pair of black boots, a red pair of sturdy slip ons and some wonderfully cosy slippers.Roll on winter....
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Ceres - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, pronounced ‘series’) is a model of a sustainable society located in Melbourne, Australia. CERES shares its name with the Roman Goddess for agriculture.It was the Harvest Festival and Michael was playing so mum and I took the g'children for the afternoon. It was very pleasant with lots of yummy locally grown, organic food.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
We went to see The Gondoliers at the Alexander Theatre, Monash Uni. Presented by the Savoy Light Opera Company, this was a fun outing. I think Ishaa and Baya enjoyed it, we adults certainly did.I didn't take any pics of this however. The outside shot is our driveway early in the morning and the inside pic is in the evening just before bedtime.
Friday, April 3, 2009
I would have preferred to show you a picture of the heavy rain we experienced today but I did not have my camera with me at the time. Best I could do is this slightly goofy picture of myself in front of my yr11 class this morning. They were earnestly working on an essay test based on the lyrics of Paul Kelly and I was meant to be marking. Just to entertain myself I took this pic but I look a bit like a stunned mullet. It's a bit hard to smile into my computer screen- the kids would have thought I was going a bit nuts.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
This is my day off but all I've done is work! I've got this big pile of year 12 English essays to mark. My year 11's are scheduled to complete a test essay in class tomorrow. I've got lots of year 7 assignments on their first term novel. I don't want to spend the first term holidays correcting papers but that is the reality. In the meantime, I gaze up from my table of work and look longingly at the beautiful day outside and the trees swaying gently in a warm autumn breeze.