Wednesday, March 3, 2010

better write something

just realised how long it has been since i posted something.  work is full on a nice way.
i am making time to finish my BAO project and nearly there but the last bits of embroidery are very slow to do.  but that is ok.  i think i will be able to post them next week......the wet weather has meant a lot of time under weights trying to make sure they don't buckle too much.
it has been fun but i am looking forward to mailing them off.... i'm at that stage in the process where you are looking forward to the next things you want to make more than the one you need to finish... this always happens to me.... maybe it happens to everyone....? it is a sort of nice part of the whole thing.... the anticipation of both finishing and starting at the same time.... i love that.

am really enjoying my classes...yrs 8, 11 and 12 ; a nice mix of personalities and strengths and some great texts to teach.  At the moment am planning a inquiry response to The Old Man and the Sea for my year 11 throwing Gran Torino in as a supplementary text is going to be interesting to see how they respond and what sort of directions they head off in.....very exciting....i feel like a fraud sometimes...their young minds teach me more than i ever teach them ...but don't tell anyone young woman is going to investigate the context of fishing in the novel and compare it to the heartless practice seen by commercial fishing practices today - im not sure how she is linking gran torino to this thesis but im sure she'll come up with something surprising.

a couple of weeks ago we had the bega show and i entered some preserves and my date loaf...  i don't really know why except a couple of the woman in the office at work are long time exhibitors and i sort of thought why grandmother (who died before I was born) was a renowned and successful exhibitor,  especially at the candelo it sort of became one of those things i needed to do...anyway my date loaf and tomato chutney both got first place, my green tomato mustard pickle and chilli relish both got second was the most exciting thing..walking throw the pavillion and seeing the blue and red cards perched in front of my stuff......i do have to confess there were only two date loafs entered so it was more a relief than anything but still.....
however after the initial flourish of winning passed i was a little disturbed by the obvious fallinge off of interest in pavillion exhibitions...not just the dateloaf...but most of the baking was a little light we need to make sure this iconic tradition does not fade into the past.....what can we do to make sure it grows into the new millenium....have we stopped cooking and preserving.....paying homage to the harvest...i hope not.

 and the rain have to see it down here to believe  it and it wouldn't really make sense without before and after photos.  most people thought there grass had gone .. lawns were a thing remembered.....cattle and sheep eating grass ....gone ....  but one weekend and  10 inches of rain has brought it back....they say the eskimos have 28 words for white .... i am thinking at the moment i could have 28 words for green.....

i started doing it(28 words for green, lol) but stopped .... they all sounded so cliched and cheesy......maybe i no longer have any words for green.......i'm just glad we can finally see and smell it. 


  1. It's lovely things are greening up where you are! I think of you and Ronnie every time it rains and for once can do so without a slight pang of guilt! We have now had more than our fair share and I would willingly send it to you before it creates any MORE mud on our block... if it carries on there is a real chance we won't be able to get along our dirt track tomorrow, which will make school and my hair cut interesting but never mind. Meanwhile I'm really intrigued by your class: since I saw you last year I've joined the Board of my daughter's school and I have SO MUCH respect for teachers! Sara x

  2. after trying to light up the fire sculptures at 'sculpture on the edge' in the drizzle (then rain!) this evening I'm starting to lose enthusiasm for the wet stuff....

    at least for this week

    oooo and 'well done' old girl for those prize winning preserves! a full show pavilion starts with a new person giving it a go (for fun of course!) so good on you on both accounts

  3. Thanks Sara, we teachers do cope it a bit sometimes but most people do appreciate the workload. and ronnie, shame on you wishing the rain would go away! but i was thinking about you last night and secretly hoping for a short intermission at least. hope it went ok.