Friday, 23 October 2009

This chair is too wobbly...

(image found at this website)

Yesterday one of the little year one kids fell off a stool in the art room because it's legs were wobbly and unstable. So I asked her to put it under the table so no one else would fall off it. I promptly forgot all about it until this morning when I sat on it an landed on my bum as it broke under my weight- a la Goldilocks style- apparently my head missed the table behind me by mere centimeters! Of course the kids thought it was hysterically funny. So now I have a sore bum, ankle, wrist, knee, back, neck and ego!
I also fear my fall was not as graceful as that of Goldilocks in this image!

PS: The web site: Iconic fairy tales has some very cute vintage style stories on it worth a look if you like that kind of thing.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

It's a Blast!

It's that time of the year again. 32 schools from across our district are displaying children's art works in a huge combined exhibition.
It all began with a fashion parade of wearable art on Monday.

I love these puppet's made by the year 1 and 2 kids. They have so much personality!

This display board features pictures made from sticks, leaves and seed pods. They look great in shadow box frames. We have eco bags appliqued by year 3 and "upcycled jewelery and refashioned T shirts by yr 6/7's.

More upcycled jewelery and some fairly rustic ceramic trinket boxes.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Where has the time gone?

I spent most of my holidays unwell and this last week at school has been a blur. The low point included an abusive, graphically rude note put in my letterbox by a student I had growled at at school on the last day of last term. I don't expect that all kid will like me but I don't expect to be bothered at home by them. The mother was informed and she was beside herself with embarrassment so hopefully it wont happen again.

At least one little girl was so pleased to be back at school, in her words she missed me so much she wished there were no holidays. Everyone told me not to take it to heart but it isn't nice to be on the receiving end of something like that and when it follows you home it is a little unpleasant.
Bantam Boy's mocks are done, only a couple of weeks to the real thing. I am not convinced that there is anywhere near enough study being done. We are all a little grumpy and stressed around here at present so I have tried to stay away from here so as not to bore you all silly with my whinging! My posts my be few and far between until the end of this TEE caper. Although if I am not working (I was at school till 8pm on Friday getting stuff ready for art blast- a huge cross district display of children's art work.) I may have more time just to potter, organise my house and myself and maybe take some photos of what I've been doing.

My friend D and I went into the travel agent today to book our flights and organize our elephant trekking trip to Thailand. We plan to spend a night in Phuket, from there the elephant hills people will pick us up and take us into the national forest. Where we will do these things. (Photo's from the Elephant hills luxury tented camping tours website.)

This is D's 50th birthday wish - to trek on an elephant.

This is included...

if she can do it I'm sure I can!

I've started walking this week to help improve my fitness to make sure I can. I also bought one of those weekly tablet containers with the days marked on them to make sure I take my thyroid medication every day as I am supposed to... it might help me loose weight so that I am not mistaken for an elephant!!!!

One of the tents...
inside the tent. My kind of camping!

We will stay at the campsite in the middle of one of the oldest tropical rain forests in the world for a few nights then instead of returning to Phuket we are going to Krabi for a night or two. From there we will take the train to Hua Hin where we will spend a couple of nights before heading to Bangkok. We decided that the train trip would be an interesting way to see a bit of the countryside rather than seeing the inside of an airplane! We also thought that the contrast between the forest in a tent and such a huge city like Bangkok would be fascinating.

I have to admit I am a bit nervous, mostly as I will be leaving Chicky Babe here. But she will be 17 by then and is looking forward to spending 10-12 days on her own! I am worried that she might follow through on her threat to get rid of some of my junk-or tea cups and fabric as I call them. I'm sure she wouldn't....yeah I'm pretty sure she wouldn't ...would she?!?!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

leaving the clothes neatly...

Reading the comments that followed this post by fifi reminded me of my dad. He was not renowned for his neatness- I am much like him. One day I came home from uni to find him smoothing his work clothes down all over the floor as he took them off to change into his casual clothes.
"What on earth are you doing?" I asked as I looked at the arrangement of clothing all strewn neatly about the floor, like some kind of art installation.
"Well your mum always complains that I leave my clothes on the floor messily!"
He must have been a bugger to live with! (But a funny bugger)