Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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A holiday break

As you can imagine, the last few weeks have been challenging, as Lisa’s children and I have been navigating the changes and emotions that have been consequences of Lisa’s passing. The school holidays gave us an opportunity to have a bit of a break from all of that, with a friend offering us the use of […]

Misty sunrise

We had a District Scout hike/camp this weekend, with surprisingly mild and glorious weather considering that we were half-way through May. On Sunday morning we were treated to a misty sunrise through the trees and it just had to […]

Sunset at Lewisham foreshore

I haven’t explored the Lewisham foreshore before, but took a short stroll this evening just before sunset. It was quite peaceful and beautiful, and I think it will be worth visiting again, and with something more photographically competent than my phone (the phone hasn’t done too badly, but I could have had a bit more fun […]

Because you can never have too many hikes

The weather over Easter has been awesome, and with a good friend and her husband visiting from Queensland in search of hikes, I grabbed my brother on Monday and the four of us headed down to the Hartz Mountains National Park. It was here that we realised that the weather wasn’t universally awesome … or, at […]

An afternoon jaunt up Collins Cap

Easter Saturday dawned pleasantly, allowing me to take the APs for a morning drive (through interesting countryside, but I didn’t take photos). In the afternoon, having returned them home, the day became more spectacularly autumn blue mild, and I couldn’t let it go to waste. I threw some snacks, a drink, a map, some warm […]

A little jaunt in a certain Direction

I have been hanging out for the Easter break as I am in desperate need of some R&R. After a bit of a sleep in (by which I mean I turned off my alarms, and then still woke early anyway, but at least didn’t have to rush to get up) I set off on a […]

O’Gradys Falls (and not for the first time)

A friend of mine from Melbourne and his partner have been visiting Tasmania and we had a window of opportunity to catch up this morning, a catch-up with scenery thrown in for good measure as I took them on a little sight-seeing tour up the mountain and down to Kingston Beach. We walked in to O’Grady’s […]

Not your average nesting site

My eagle-eyed parents, on a drive, happened to spot a tawny frogmouth making its home up a telephone pole.

When I drove past a week or so later it was to discover that it was actually home to a family of not just two but, if you look closely, three.

It’s not the place I would have picked […]

Snowy mountain summit

We’ve had a statistics educator from New Zealand visiting us at work and, in addition to work-related conversations, it is always nice to show guests the local scenery. With snow on the mountain and the summit road open we decided to chance a trip to the top in the hope of obtaining spectacular views of Hobart. […]

Putangirua Pinnacles

A bit of a drive to the south-east of Wellington takes you beyond Lake Ferry and to the start of a track to the Putangirua Pinnacles.

We took the scenic route, which involved a lovely walk through the bush before reaching a lookout that gave us an overview of this amazing geomorphological feature. The conglomerate rock has […]