Monday 28 August 2017

Blue Monday

Pining for Tahoe.

I know I've had an epic summer of holidays, again.

Doesn't mean I can't still pine for Tahoe. I mean, who wouldn't?

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Tuesday Ten part 2

Peruvian flag flying over the main square in Cusco, on Independence Day (July 28th)

Two from the fountains-with-lights-and-music park in Lima (this place was a tourist trap but utterly enthralling)

Flashing sign outside the Mario Testino museum in Lima.

Pool toes in Siena.

Tuesday Ten part 1

I am a bit obsessed with the Boomerang app and recorded quite a lot of them during my various trips. Here are ten of my faves from the summer. I had to do it in two parts because Blogger wasn't keen on having 10 video clips in one post.

Sea lion in the Galapagos, waving hello.

And this one is having a scratch.

My new Canadian friends, Diana and Kristina, pulling on wetsuits to go snorkelling again, on our boat in the Galapagos.

This boat was pretty windy.

Machu Picchu! It was so amazing.

Monday 21 August 2017

Scenes from the Classroom #31

I think all teachers will be familiar with the back-to-school nightmares that start to crop up at some point in the summer holidays. Mine have been of varied vividity; the two from years past that have stayed with me are arriving to find I hadn't ordered any exercise books, and the classic from 2014, of going in on the first day to find the wall between my classroom and the one next door had been removed - this was literally the case when I went into my new classroom in 2016. Luckily it is a folding wall.

Last night, however, I think I hit bingo on the back-to-school dreams. All the negative bits were in there, all rolled into one. I was significantly late. I was inappropriately dressed, and had to change in the head's office, while he was in there, and I'd forgotten to bring any undergarments. I hadn't prepared anything for my teaching day. I had forgotten my laptop. I had forgotten I had an extra hour of form time. The colleagues that usually help me out were away. When I got to my form room, I found my form was now around 50 students. Three members of the senior team were there to observe, and some of the students had brought their parents.

I woke up, heaved a sight of relief, took the hint, packed my school bag and went to work for the day. Well, I have now been off for six weeks, so it's not surprising my subconscious is confused about why I'm still in bed at 8am on a weekday.

Blue Monday

A little something I came across from early May, a few years ago. I think it must be Castle Park. In fact, if I think about it enough, I think I was walking across it on my way to buy ribbon for a knitting project, after knitting group. I still have that ribbon and the project still isn't finished, but I did buy some other ribbon that inspired a different project that IS finished.

Funny how the mind works. Having the date attached to the photo is, of course, very helpful.