Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Last night we went bowling - haven't been for about 40 years. It was very popular when I was a teenager and it is clearly back on the entertainment scene. We went with Penelope and Isaac and some lovely friends of theirs and had lots of fun. Nick got loads of strikes. I didn't get any but managed to direct the ball down the centre fairly consistently. Pen improved as the night wore on.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
It's so persistently windy at the moment, it's not worth picking up all the bark and sticks that get blown around our property. I've done it a few times now and realise what a futile exercise it is. But one good thing is that, so far, we haven't lost any trees (touch wood). I think what helps us is that we have so many trees that they support each other and are less likely to topple than the isolated tree.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I've been playing with Keynote presentations on Penelope's Apple Mac using Stefanie's Arnhem Land pics. I loaded it on to DotSub but lost the original soundtrack. All you can hear is the audio from the video of the children singing in the minibus.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Baby Selvi (my brother Don's child) and Declan (my nephew Shane's child) get to know each other.Don and Shane, really uncle and nephew, are only 7 months apart in age and grew up like brothers. I was 17years old when Don was born. So, it's really lovely to see these boys become dads and raising the next generation of children.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
We visited my daughter who lives in Warburton today. She is expecting her third baby in December. These pics show the view from their dining area into the backyard and the baskets she brought home from her recent trip to Arnhem Land - she made the bigger one herself,
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I am very inexperienced in using Apples but attended the eMug group meeting today - Eastern Mac Users Group, just having a look. I took my daughter's Apple Mac and tried to pick up a few pointers. Heard that Apple run free workshops which I might look into.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
These are momentoes of a long ago holiday in Venice that hang on my bedroom wall. One is a painting my mother copied from one of our photos of the Grand Canal.The black and white pen sketch of the the Rialto Bridge is by a local Venetian artist we purchased at the time.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Ploughing through Yr 12 essays - and they're only practice essays - their assessment essay is this week so I wanted to be able to say something meaningful on these practice attempts. Some of them were very ordinary which fills me with despair somewhat. the text is George Orwell's 1984 and this is the first time I have taught this novel. Of course it's marvellous and still so relevant but some of my yr12 students don't get it. Or more likely they haven't really read it properly - if at all.Anyway I agonized over my comments all day today so this is an appropriate pic for Day 212
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I haven't been to an AFL football match for about 40 years but I went to the revamped MCG today because my grand daughter asked me to go with her. It was a spectacle - a slightly surreal feeling of looking at so many people roaring at young men running around after a ball! Ishaa enjoyed her icecream but found the game boring - I think we were too high up.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
My younger daughter finished her degree a couple of years ago and majored in performing arts. Last year she had a job in a theatre restaurant but that closed down and now she is really struggling to find work in this area. At the moment she is applying for a theatre job in Singapore and had to submit a video online - which her staid school teacher mum has put together and posted up for her on dotSUB - must be something exciting about being a school teacher.
Our year 7's do not do any drama I just realised. Year 7 used to have at least one term of drama, I know, I used to teach it! It was rather exhausting I remember. Anyway, my yr7 English class have just finished acting out selected scenes from Hating Allison Ashley and I filmed them. I am now using Ulead to blend the separate clips into a video presentation which I will show them next week.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
We all got married around the same time, had babies around the same time, saw a lot of each other and then drifted apart. But every now and again we have a get together and today we met at Earthly Pleasures in Belgrave - in the old bluestone building that used to belong to Dr Jorgenson.We started off sitting in a mixed gender arrangement but by sweets the divide had become apparent.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Despite the pic it did not start off as a quiet Saturday - began with a swim then yoga. Once home had to rush back to pharmacist to collect medication for mum who was really suffering from her osteoarthritis in her neck. The afternoon was more peaceful and I had a walk around the garden to investigate more flowering activity.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Michael launched an album last night with his group, The Jed Rowe Band, at the Upper Yarra Arts Centre, Warburton - a great night.Needless to say, I did not take this pic- but I did scan it from the CD cover.