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.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

37:365 Reflections in a jeweller's shop window

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

36:365 Dandenong wetlands 24 hours later

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

35:365 Dandenong wetlands

Dandenong wetlands, originally uploaded by jomcleay.

On my way home from the shops I had a feeling I'd like to take a photo of my favourite tree. It didn't disappoint me. I love it here

Thursday, February 3, 2011

34:365 Chinese New Year in Springvale Library

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.

33:365 Pears nearly ready to eat - thanks Carmel

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

32:365 What a mess

What a mess, originally uploaded by jomcleay.

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!

31:365 Roses from the front garden

Roses from the front garden, originally uploaded by jomcleay.

This collection of roses encouraged me to clean the kitchen window so I could take a better photo. Who said the 365 photo challenge doesn't make you a better person :)