Monday, January 19, 2015

Places I Love: Melbourne

Today I've been playing around in Photoshop, making collages and stuff.

Melbourne is my favourite of the Australian cities I've been to. 

Right now, it has the Australian Open (tennis is the only sport I like to watch) 
- and blistering heat.

All year round, it has the Yarra River, beautiful buildings, fantastic shops, wonderful food 
- and a sense of humour!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Why they need me as a Proofreader

This from the Australian Associated Press, yesterday, about a Rugby League player's recovery - good news, of course.

"NRL: Newcastle coach says Alex McKinnon has stood up on his own"
2:19 PM Wednesday Jan 14, 2015
Alex McKinnon.   Photo / Getty Images.
"Alex McKinnon continues to inspire the Newcastle Knights with coach Rick Stone revealing he stood up on his own for the first time since suffering a devastating spinal injury in an NRL game last March…. (he) has returned to Newcastle following rehabilitation in Sydney after suffering the injury in a tackle which left the 22-year-old in a wheelchair.

"He's just finished in his rehab and he actually stood up unabated the other day ... he stood up on his own which is a terrific sort of step for Alex," Stone said."

Monday, January 12, 2015


We had a very cold and windy non-spring, but now we are being rewarded for our forbearance with a fantastic summer. Since just before Christmas the weather has been beautiful - sunny and warm, with a high most days of about 27˚ C (about 80˚ F), usually with a pleasant breeze. 

There's been no rain, and I guess if this continues much longer people, especially farmers, will start complaining. But I love warm weather, and I'm happy!

Last weekend my daughter and her family went camping at a beach not far from here. 
It's not a surf beach, so it's perfect for little folk.

Low tide, sunset:


Don't you love summer?

Monday, December 29, 2014

A change is gonna come

School is out for the summer - and for me, it's out, over, kaput, terminated. Teaching is finished for 2014, and when our academic year ends officially on January 27th, I am putting myself out of a job. Hoorah!

I have been a teacher for over 36 years. Enough, already!

This year I haven't really been present - in the blogging sense, I mean.
Just before Christmas of 2013, one of our deputy principals walked out on us, with almost no notice. This turned 2014 into one of the busiest years of my career. I picked up a number of her jobs including timetabling, looking after the computer systems, being responsible for all of the senior students' results being collated and sent off to the Ministry, and quite a few other bits and pieces, until a new DP was appointed.

That finally happened: 6 months later, at the beginning of Term 3! 

As well, I had my normal responsibilities of head of department and looking after relief (supply) teachers - at least they took my junior class away from me, which helped a bit. It was really crazy and pretty stressful, but I had already decided at the beginning of last year that I 2014 would be my last year of teaching, so that gave me something to look forward to.

So now I'm out of the tunnel, and looking forward to a new  lifestyle.

I don't like the word retirement - there are too many negative connotations for my liking.
I'm not retiring, I'm just changing what I'm doing. I have the T-shirt:

I'm going to miss some things, of course. Not the long days, the meetings, the interminable marking (grading) of exams, essays, assessments...  Not the politics, the negativity, the bandwagons.

In fact, the only things I will miss are the kids - all those lovely young people with whom I have had the privilege of working.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Season's Greetings

Merry Christmas to everyone, whether you're having a white Christmas or a summer one.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

When Night Falls

Early evening - my favourite time of day. Here are some dusky shots - for Carmi's Thematic Photographic #313:

Lake Rotorua, with swans

Seacliff Beach, Adelaide

Kerikeri, New Zealand

Sta Margharita, Italy

Of late, I have been remiss with my blog, which I'm planning to do something about.

If I was compiling a Busiest Years of My Life list, 2014 would be near the top.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Step by Step: Away

I got the idea for this post from that wonderful photographer, Steve McCurry. 

Of course, his work far outclasses any of my holiday shots, but I looked through and found a number of walking photos that I wanted to post. So many that I've divided them into this post - the overseas ones - and the New Zealand ones, which I shall save for another time.

"Walking . . . is how the body measures itself against the earth."
~ Rebecca Solnit

Santa Margharita, Italy

Taormina, Sicily

"Architecture limits where one can walk,
but the walker invents other ways to go."

~ Rebecca Solnit

Syracuse, Sicily

Parma, Italy

"All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking."
  ~ Friedrich Nietzsche



"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction"
 ~ Antoine De Saint-Exupery


"The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms."
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

Cinque Terre, Italy

"Anywhere is walking distance, if you've got the time."
~ Stephen Wright



"There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country.
A fine landscape is like a piece of music;
it must be taken at the right tempo."

  ~ Paul Scott Mowrer


"Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act."
~ Dr. Seuss