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
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
48:365 Massive pumkin growing over a vertical support, originally uploaded by jomcleay.
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.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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, originally uploaded by jomcleay.
Improved by instagram, an attempt at the mean streets
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
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
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.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
On Bourke St today going out to lunch and the cinema in celebration of our 29th wedding anniversary, I paused at this jewellers shop window, intrigued by the reflections and the delicate colours in the display. Not for any other reason at all. :)
Saturday, February 5, 2011
This photo was taken very close to where I took yesterday's photo. In fact you can see the top of the tree in yesterday's photo in the distance. This is as close as I could get as the road was closed. According to the flood warnings "The Dandenong Creek catchment has received rainfall averaging about147mm since 09:00am yesterday."
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
I joined a Flickr group started by Jess McCulloch which invites us to "share photos of your local celebrations by adding them to this group, and see how others are welcoming the Year of the Rabbit around the world. Let's build a resource to share our Chinese New Year traditions, and to help students learn about the holiday and explore other cultures."
I loved this idea and having seen a display for Chinese New Year in my local library at Dandenong thought I would just pop in there after work and snap a pic. Well I got there and the display was gone. "Oh no", I cried, "how will I get a photo for Jess now?" I marched up to the desk to ask. Nobody knew where it was or why it had been taken down. "What about Springvale?" I asked, about the sister library about 15 minutes up the road. They said they'd ring and see if their display was still up. Good. It was.
So off I trot with my forebearing husband, now late for his tea, and call into my 2nd library of the day. Of course it was not quite as good a display as what I thought I remembered of the first one. The moral to the story, never delay in snapping a pic if you have the chance. It might not be there next time.
Thanks to my sister Carmel who gave this old pear tree a much needed prune back in the autumn, it started to show signs of fruiting after ten years of barrenness. Now the pears are netted against birds and nearly ready to eat - yum! Thanks Carmel.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The weather has been amazing for gardens here in Melbourne. Today it got to 38.9C here and yet it still flourishes. But I am still learning, clearly. I have planted everything too close and cannot even get near the plants for harvesting. There are tomatoes, asparagus and pumpkin (crawling though the tomatoes and asparagus) here as well as some self sown coriander. I think next year I need to think about both spacing and staking. And not be so greedy in spring time!