Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
And apologies for the delay in announcing the results - we had some unexpected visitors yesterday and today - a lovely surprise!
Back to results ... last time I had a giveaway, I used random.org, but I'm a fuddy duddy old-fashioned person, and when I saw this idea on a website, I knew this was my way to go...
here are all the names ready to go in the magic teapot,
lid on, and give it a little shake,
This is much prettier than random.org!
Then draw out the first winner...
First out was Zuzana, whose blog Life Through reflections has beautiful words and photos, from Denmark.
followed by Amy from The Green Bathtub,
Amy blogs from Smalltown, USA.
And blogger seems to have a mind of its own tonight, and has spread this post out more than I intended, so if you've a sore finger from scrolling, I'm sorry about that too.
Now I have to organise myself and get those books ordered.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I'm so looking forward to the two winners getting their books!
And to while away the time, may I introduce you to one of my favourite hobbies, when I have time on my hands, which isn't very often - cloudwatching
Christopher Reeve once commented on how you could find endless entertainment from clouds, and I too find endless entertainment just watching them float along, beautiful and fluffy and light, and not a care in the world, and when I watch them, some of that carefree feeling washes over me too.
I deliberately included the lamp posts in the corners, to kind of anchor the picture, not sure if it works or interferes.
"It's only life, and we'll never get out of it alive anyway"!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
In the midst of a bit of weeding, I gasped when I saw this
I only planted the bush in June, and thought it would do well to produce fruit next year! But the weather has been unseasonably warm, so nature has given us this most wonderful bonus bounty.
And then I moved to the other side of the garden, and discovered another stash!
I've already made my green tomato chutney, so I'm leaving these on a plate at the window for a few days, hoping they'll ripen enough to eat. And if not, another little pot or two of chutney won't go to loss!
And tonight we were at the opera. And this was another gift. The Sunday Times has been offering some free tickets to a live HD cinema screening of performances from The Metropolitan Opera.
Tonight's performance was Mussorgsky's Boris Gudnov. A marathon 4 and a half hour performance, which included two intervals: it was brilliant! There were also some lovely behind-the-scenes interviews during the intervals
Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain"was the first music I played on my first night in band, so I'll always have a special place in my heart for him.
So, at this late hour, as I'm about to head to bed, I give thanks for a bountiful, beautiful day.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I chose the Retinitis Pigmentosa ones, because I had in the past taught a girl who had this condition, and wondered how it would be to walk a bit "in her shoes".
Scary was how it was. We left the room, went down some stairs and then out the door and round the block "what, you think I can walk on a footpath with only a pinhole of vision? Impossible".(picture courtesy of Cruisin with Cricket blogspot)
Initially, I had my hands held out in front of me for balance, and was quite hunched, but eventually I got some handle on it, with our tutor beside me , pointing out rough ground and obstacles.
Half way round the block, we got to swap glasses, so I was thrilled to get a pair where I had poor peripheral vision- a doddle compared to RP. I was then the "guide" for my colleague wearing the RP glasses.
My evening walk on Monday was such a joy!
I was able to scrunch these leaves quite joyfully, and look down too, not having to scan metres ahead for possible tripups.
I remembered my past student fondly, and her determination to succeed at Accounting. It must have been a nightmare trying to write numbers down from the board with only this tiny pinhole of vision, and she did it with courage, grace and a hunger for learning. I know that I was sympathetic, but until this week I didn't really know what it was like for her.
Isn't it a pity that students without a disability don't always appreciate their vision?
Monday, October 11, 2010
I won it in her giveaway. They're made in her home town, and even though I live an ocean away from her, she still posted them to me, and they arrived safely and in great condition.
It's just as well I don't live in her home town- I'd be a little tub! They are absolutely yummy. I'm telling myself they're part of my 5-a-day, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
Thanks, Amy, I'm still enjoying one a day (ok, sometimes two!).
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