Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Picked mum up from the rehab centre today and drove to Maling Rd shopping strip - classy and expensive part of Melbourne outer suburb, but charming and old worldy - for a light lunch and window shop. Mum appreciated the change in surroundings but is making good progress recovering her balance through special exercises. She will be able to go home soon and resume her usual activities
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Final review of PLP presentations today for Aussi schools. Slight panic to begin with as the Elluminate program was blocked at school - we'd forgotten that! Anyway, a quick dash around to my place (5 mins away), a scramble with spare laptops and then we were in business. The meeting went well, Sue spoke very capably, I managed okay. Received positive comments for my ulead movie.Then back to school for a fun filled arvo.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
It wasn't really that quiet. I'd just spent a rather tense couple of hours with my mother and other family members discussing family matters.
On returning home the garden provided a peaceful retreat as I had fun inspecting some flowering activity I had been too preoccupied to notice.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
It was our turn to host our bookclub meeting this time round - happens about twice a year. The pic shows the fruit flan I purchased from the local bakery for sweets - very yummy. Our book was The Slap by Chris Tsoilkas - a ripper of a read. I'm a bit embarrassed to say that because the story involves some rather confronting personalities who have some rather skewed values. They swear a lot, drink and imbibe too much, have affairs etc. But I couldn't put it down! It's one of those books you just eat up. Our next book is Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee which might return us to a slightly more rarified literary level.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
My mother's cat has come to stay with us for a while. Mum hurt her back recently and is spending some time in rehab. Smudge (the cat) was in a Cattery but it was getting a bit expensive so he's having a holiday in the hills.
Scrabbled this movie together using Ulead for the PLP presentations coming up soon.Haven't used Ulead for a while so the whole procedure was rather fraught but finally managed to complete it and post it on utube and our school Ning. It's okay I suppose -could be better refined but time was against me (and aptitude)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
After a very hectic, full on day at school, very much enjoyed some time out at Bloggers' Feast at La Camera to meet Julie Lyndsay and other delightful folk. Always love Southbank by night. Pic shows View of Flinders St Station across the Yarra River.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The curtains in our family room are 32 years old and due for a change. Here's the short list designs we have come up with. I prefer the red print, other family members prefer the others. I'm sure we'll make a decision soon.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I've been gearing myself up to teach 1984 next term and came across this glass paperweight in an antique wharehouse in Daylesford called The Mill. I'm hoping this object will facilitate my students' appreciation of its symbolic import."It was as though the surface of the glass had been the arch of the sky, enclosing a tiny world with its atmosphere complete" pg 154, Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Spent some of today at school preparing for next week. I know it's a shame to squander my last day of holidays on school things but I really value the decrease in my stress levels when school begins. Made Nineteen eighty-four (George Orwell) posters to put around the yr12's room and have built a wiki that might be a bit useful for them.The Wordle (idea from Nirvana Rose) is the text of the whole book dumped into a wordle box and these are the words that reappeared.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Had a delightful last day in Daylesford - the Secret Garden is a wonder, visited the honey man and Michael Parker's magnificant Stoney Creek Gallery, lunch at Cliffey's before a smooth drive home.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
We have arrived for our short stay in Daylesford and visited The Mill antiques / retro junk. We are staying in a lovely old miner's cottage - lavishly renovated - called Lulus and Sue persuaded Heather to play with her ipod.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
My old schoolfriend, Mary (a teacher librarian at a girls' school) came around today. We had lunch at Earthly Pleasures and came back to my place where we chatted on into the afternoon. We decided that our old school teachers were fairly ordinary - teaching standards have thankfully improved over the years. After I waved Mary goodbye I noticed the red hot pokers glowing at the end of our driveway - the sheep was keeping away from its fiery aura too.
First one since the holidays began. Never do as much as I want to - swim, shop, read, vacuum, cook tea! Some more correction? Nah, maybe tomorrow. What about distributing the mulch? Too cold and wet.That's my pic for today - some cold, rainy, outdoor scenes.Bless the RAIN!