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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Three waterfalls

In the second week of the school holidays the youngsters were back with me, so I took another day of leave from work, added my brother to the mix, and headed up to Mt Field National Park (Imogen drove, so she could clock up some more learner driver time).

Our first landmark was/were the iconic Russell Falls. […]

Friendly Beaches, two lakes and two skinks

The second full day of my getaway with the APs saw us exploring a dead-end road with no views in the morning (actually, that’s not strictly true: it went through some lovely bush with interesting rock outcrops … but I just neglected to take any photos). We then headed to Friendly Beaches, with its white sand […]

A string of beaches

With the youngsters visiting extended family for the school holidays, I took some leave and my APs and headed up the East Coast for a few days of R&R.

On the first full day we headed north from Bicheno, visiting just about every beach that it was possible to pop into. They are all very pretty beaches, […]

A little jaunt in the proper Direction

Unlike my Easter wanderings, which stayed on its lower slopes, today’s small Scout hike (which involved a small number of small Scouts, covering a relatively small distance since it was only a day hike) actually climbed to the top of Mt Direction.

The leader:Scout ratio was rather generous, as there were three adults and three Scouts in […]

12 of 12, July 2019

The second full day of our short holiday break began with a dramatic sunrise over distant Low Head, and then involved a bit of an exploration of the northern end of the Tamar River.

We visited Seahorse World, where we saw and got to hold seahorses (and we also saw the rare Spotted Handfish).

We then drove around […]

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 […]

12 of 12, May 2019

A rather miscellaneous collection of photos for this month’s 12 of 12.

Over breakfast I finalised the preparation of the lesson I had been asked to give at Church today.

This is the view from the room in which I taught the lesson. I reckon it has the best view of any chapel in the world (based on […]

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 […]