Sunday, August 29, 2010

the walking track at the back of my place



the walking track at the back of my place hugs the coast and leads the eye south to the antarctic.  yesterday it felt like the southern ocean lives right on my doorstep with ripping winds and icy ocean spray tearing up the cliff face.  i couldn't resist getting the camera.
 i realized i haven't given much of a description of where i live - here it is......



to the north

to the south

down into the sea

south again


The track was made a few years back (by a local man, as a community project he undertook instead of going to jail). At times it loops dangerously close to the cliff  but offers mesmerisingly beautiful views of the seascape that forms the eastern boundary to the town. 


 If you turn west from any of the above scenes you face about 50 metres of  tea tree which acts as a buffer between the ocean the township of Tathra - about 1600 of us. 


on the other (more fashionable) side of town a beautiful, safe family beach with pristine surf and sand is sheltered in pretty bay.  but i love my side of town with its jaggered wild outlook.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

King Lear - The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre

just on the subject of king lear...these socks are very good....

king lear

my yr 11 english class is at the moment studying king lear as their shakespeare module..... 
at first this was a pain having to prepare a new module as i have taught macbeth for the last few years....
but now it is a joy
as shakespeare ALWAYS is......
those of you who have read the play ....
or any of his other big tragedies .....
will appreciate the puzzles and anomalies and treasures
found within
the jewels of language and ideas.
we are particularly enjoying the fool and developing some ideas about how to play him when we begin to act  it out........



the truth and conscience of the play...
able to speak without retribution.....
the fool is a wonderful  shakespearean convention ... speaking nonsense and riddles leads to truth and honesty.....and how to portray him ....young, old, fat, thin, serious, silly, male, female????
we will have a lot of fun deciding!