Wednesday, December 21, 2011

355:365 A cupboard bed in Holland

During our trip we were very lucky to see a part of Holland's history a bedstee or box bed.
As we read: "During the 16th and 17th century, closet-beds were much smaller. Lying down was associated with death, and therefore sleeping was done in a half-upright position. These closet-beds slept two people, and beneath them were often doors for children." So grateful to my aunt (Tante Riek) and uncle (Oom Jan) for showing us this, as well as much else.cupboard bed, Holland

354:365 Loch Morlich

Just thought I'd share a few more photos from our trip earlier this year. This one was taken during a walk round Loch Morlich in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. A great memory.
a cold spring day in Scotland

Sunday, December 18, 2011

353:365 Sustainable transport

Joining the ranks of bike riders and exploring the bike paths in my local area. Haven't really ridden since I was a child so we just have to see how it goes. sustainable transport

Saturday, December 17, 2011

352:365 Organic Community Garden

Working at the Narre Warren North Organic Garden
Narre North Organic Garden

351:365 Waiting for the bus

This is the view down the street near my home which I took while I was waiting for a bus on my journey to meet with my friend Jan. waiting for the bus

350:365 Out to dinner

We went out to dinner with our two daughters. It was a fun night and it was the first time I tasted bubble tea. Delicious.Out to dinner

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

348:365 Chapel Street

A fter a film screening we went to get something to eat in Chapel street. This was the view on the way.
Chapel Stree

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

347:365 Christmas breakup

Today was the Christmas breakup at the Perm-apiculture group. Here I am with one of the members, Woz

at the perm-apiculture group

Monday, December 12, 2011

346:365 Lupins

So excited to see two colours of Lupins out today. It has been perfect weather for growing a herbaceous border and I am lucky to have experienced it. Lupins

Sunday, December 11, 2011

345:365 Inspiration from my brother's garden

Getting inspiration from my brother's garden in Gembrook today. IMG_1240

Saturday, December 10, 2011

345:365 South Melbourne Commons

Today I went to the opening of the South Melbourne Commons, a joint undertaking between the Fr Bob McGuire Foundation and Friends of the Earth. While we were there my sister and I attended a herbal tea workshop and tasted Lemon Verbena tea for the first time. It was delicious and I will be making some of that more often now, since I have a lemon verbena plant at home. You learn something new every day. Herbal Tea workshop

Friday, December 9, 2011

343:365 Travels in England

Just wanted to share another photo of our trip overseas. Loved the cloud formation over the peaceful rural landscape. This is near Lupton in Cumbria.Travels in the north of England

Thursday, December 8, 2011

342:365 Angles

After visiting a student on work experience today I took a tram back to the office. This was taken at tram stop 125A under the Westgate Freeway

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

340:365 After three weeks in the hive

After 3 weeks in the hive
A bit more about my current obsession. Enjoy!

This is what the hive looks like normally:


Monday, December 5, 2011

339:365 Nursery

A nursery - my happy place - Went to buy beans (no luck with germinating my own) and just love the lushness and variety.IMG_1192

Sunday, December 4, 2011

338:365 Lorraine Lee


'Lorraine Lee' was bred by a famous Australian Rose Breeder, Alister Clark in 1924. It is named after Lorraine Lee, who was born in Melbourne in 1890.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

334:365 Home from work

Home from work
At Noble Park station, just getting home from work this evening.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

332:365 Bee collecting nectar

bee collecting nectar
Just slightly obsessed by bees since I got my own beehive

Sunday, November 27, 2011

331:365 Rocket Stove

rocket stove

Well, you learn something new every day. Today I went to a demonstration of a rocket stove which has been designed for "non-developed or less-developed nations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East" according to the not-for-profit company that retails them. The site explains, the "original Rocket Stove was developed by Dr. Larry Winiarski and Aprovecho Research Center to address life-threatening cook fire smoke produced by the half of humanity that cooks by open fire to stay alive. This is a critical and global issue, exacerbated by a scarcity of fuel, increasing deforestation and pollution."

Anyway the one I saw this evening was built entirely out of recycled materials and costs nothing to make and nothing to run. It uses a few strips of cardboard and a handful of twigs for fuel, enough to boil a billy and toast all the slices from a loaf of bread.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

330:365 Memories

Today I thought I'd share a memory from the trip we went on in May since I haven't yet put any photos of it on the blog yet. This photo was taken near Grasmere in the Lakes District on May 19 2011
The Lakes District

Friday, November 25, 2011

329:365 David Austin Rose

English Rose, Austin Rose 'Heritage' Rosa

We have been so fortunate with the local climate here this spring. As much rain as anyone would want and some warmth but not too much. And this is the result - one very happy rose.
Are you noticing the effects on gardens with changes in climate in your area?
Leave a comment to let us know.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

328:365 Bee book

Just read. Beautiful book. Just wanted to put it in a frame.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

327:365 !st prize at the Lilydale Show

1st prize at the Lilydale Show

On Sunday I went to the Lilydale Spring Show with my daughter. She was so proud to show me that she had won with the shawl she had knitted. Great work Em!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

55:365 Planning our trip

55:365 Planning our trip, originally uploaded by jomcleay.

We will be spending a month in Europe later this year. Really looking forward to it. Off to Holland for a family reunion with Aunts, Uncles and cousins, then to Scotland to do a bit of touring to see where Bob's family came from and some walks in England, hoping to take many beautiful photos

54: 365 Going out to dinner with Flick

Just catching up with my 365 photo blog. This is the entry for 23rd February. Going out to dinner with Flick after stopping by after work to fix her bike. It was fun.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

53:365 shed with wheelbarrow and chooks

For some reason this photo reminded me of the poem The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams:

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

52:365 spuds

52:365 spuds, originally uploaded by jomcleay.

a mixture of Spunta, King Edward and Dutch Cream.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

51:365 Misty afternoon

51:365 Misty afternoon, originally uploaded by jomcleay.

Surprise look for a February afternoon. Looks more like winter, yeah

50:365 some of the harvest

50:365 some of the harvest, originally uploaded by jomcleay.

now made into delicious tomato soup

49:365 Woofpurnay Veterinary Hospital

Love the name of this place where I go to buy Muffin her special cat food

48:365 Massive pumkin growing over a vertical support

It is just hanging about 4 ft from the ground. Hope it matures. I grew this plant from the seeds I saved from last year.

47:365 Flower show in front garden

If it looks as if I just tipped a packet of seeds here, it is because I did. Very pleased with the result.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

46:365 My invitation has arrived

My invitation, originally uploaded by jomcleay.

I got my invitation today for the focus group involving AITSL and ACCE discussing ICT in Education proficiency of graduate teachers across Australia. Should be a good meeting with lots of networking with awesome people and hopefully the start to a great outcome for graduate teachers and students with regard to using ICT. Looking forward to it.

40:365 Back streets of Collingwood - near my work this evening

Improved by instagram, an attempt at the mean streets

45:365 At the dentist

45:365 At the dentist, originally uploaded by jomcleay.

Had to get a crown done today and thought I'd take a photo of the view from the dentist's chair. My dentist was very surprised!

44:365 Book to read

44:365 Book to read, originally uploaded by jomcleay.

After reading this blog post by Josie I feel that reading this book is a must. Have a read here.

43:365 Summer tree

43:365 Summer tree, originally uploaded by jomcleay.

Loved the way the light was coming through the leaves here.

42:365 The old house

42:365 The old house, originally uploaded by jomcleay.

Lots of searching through my family history, and came across this. Will be going to Holland later but this house no longer exists.

41:365 My colleague

41:365 My colleague, originally uploaded by jomcleay.

Wondering what to photograph and my colleague "offered". She is a great person to work with. I like taking portraits

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

39:365 Painted wooden tray from El Salvador

In 1991 I was lucky enough to go to Central America for a month as a delegate of Central American Mission Partners founded by David Batstone who organised groups of North Americans and Australians to give solidarity to the El Salvadorans who were engulfed in civil war. As he puts it "We sent U.S. citizens to live with any Central American targeted by the security forces, otherwise gruesomely known as the death squads. The reason this strategy worked: The military did not want to kill a U.S. citizen and alert the American public of its disregard for human rights. A Salvadoran or Guatemalan gets tortured and killed - we would never hear about it." It was indeed a privilege to go to such a beautiful country and meet so many amazing faith-filled people. Scary too. This painted wooden tray was given to us as a memory of that time. I love the colours. It says so much to me.

Monday, February 7, 2011

38:365 Permaculture garden plan

Permaculture garden plan, originally uploaded by jomcleay.

Last year we got the VEG people out to help us with a permaculture design for our garden. It's been almost a year and I look at the plan they drew up often to see how far along the journey we are. I am very pleased. We have had to make some modifications to the plan. For example we were recommended to get a 20,000 litre tank and put up against the back fence in the chook yard but this would have meant cutting down (or severely pruning a well loved peppercorn tree that was given to me by the kids for mothers day. So we put a smaller one in another location near the front of the house and I am pleased with the result. Every day I am able to cook with something we have grown and I have not bought any vegetables lately except mushroom (and onions after running out of my own supply.) At the moment we have our own harvest of beans, carrots, capsicums, tomatoes, lettuce, garlic, potatoes, corn, beetroot, leeks, strawberries, pears, pakchoi, lots of herbs (oh, and I almost forgot *zucchinis*) Will discuss those another time.