Sunday, February 24, 2008


We are all back into the routine of school, work, ballet, piano, gym, running, etc.

Zoe has begun learning the flute and is loving it. She has progressed well enough to be invited to join the primary school's band. She has been working very hard on learning "In the Jungle" and is hoping to learn the Australian national anthem so she can play during assembly.

She has also been invited to join as intensive, advanced ballet class. There are only 7 girls in the group and they are all older than Zoe, and in the level above her. The teacher is from Berlin. It means an extra session of ballet each week (that takes the total to 4!) but she seems to be managing it all quite well.

On top of all this, she has been reading the first Harry Potter novel, and has really got the reading bug. Today, she has gone with my dad to help my uncle at the Flemington Farmers Market. She will be helping them sell their peaches and nectarines - and delicious fruit it is!

And it is Zoe who has been productive this week. She made herself a fabric pencil case (with a bit of help with the zip). It's got a great Chinese script design inside and out - appropriate for school as they are currently learning about China.

Greg has been marking work, resolving social problems, conducting information sessions and entereing VCE data. He is very busy every day but still manages to come home and cook dinner on ballet nights.

I am enjoying my Yr 12 class. The students are all working well and a nice atmosphere has developed in the classroom. The same with my Yr 8 and Yr 9 classes. The Year 7 girls have been on camp - it will beinteresting to see what they are like when they return!

I have just had the volume increased on the "Tiffany earrings" and it is taking a bit of time to get used to it. It's quite exhausting for my poor brain to be subjected to so much more noise!

I have finished Kate Atkinson's "Human Croquet". It took me a while to get into the flow of the story and to appreciate it's humour and direction. Although not my favourite amongst her novels, it did raise some interesting questions for the reader, and left me reflecting on the themes and construction long after finishing. That is one indicator of a worthwhile read.

I also attended a workshop on how to pick up the stitches to knit a collar. And now, Zoe's jacket is nearly finished! More pics when complete.

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