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.
January 2015
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Walls of Jerusalem – Day 1B – Stretching Out the Muscles at Sunset

Having refuelled and watered, and with the evening light still promising to hang around for a while thanks to the approaching summer solstice, we decided to do a quick walk up to Herod’s Gate to stretch out our muscles and get our first view of the Vale of Bethesda and the Walls. On our way up […]

Walls of Jerusalem – Day 1A – The Killer Bit

You are about to get lots of photos from a four day hike to the Walls of Jerusalem, where the weather was glorious and the scenery magnificent and you’re going to be jealous that you weren’t there.

First, however, we have to deal with the killer bit, the part so horrible that I took no photos because […]

An evening walk in the gorge

I had time this evening to go for a walk up Cataract Gorge. For the first time I took the path on the south side of the gorge, which is very steep but offers some good views. The evening light effects were lovely, if difficult to capture photographically, and when I got up to the First […]

Midlands 2015-#22N

This will be, as far as I know, my last work-related north-bound trip for the year. The central section of the Midlands has a series of slightly-larger-than-life-size silhouette statues/artworks that commemorate its early colonial history. I may eventually do a series of photos of them, since I enjoy spotting them as I make the journey, although […]

12 of 12, December 2015

A day of errands and chores, although it began with me finishing off the 11th Arthur Ransome book (every few years I do an end-of-year re-reading of the series, and this year it was definitely time to reward myself with these gentle familiar stories).

I then loaded the car with the lawnmower and brushcutter and some bags […]

Midlands 2015-#21S

The Midlands are very dry at the moment, with most of the grass mere stubble or worse. Given that it is only the beginning of December (early summer) this does not augur well for the coming months. The trees here also look like they are suffering from drought, but, in fact, have been dead for ages. […]

30 years of the Macpac Cascade

I’m about to do a serious bushwalk for the first time in a while, and I have been upgrading some of my gear. Most of it is well over 20 years old but still functioning, because it was good quality in its time. However, some items are getting a little too worn or are just a […]

Midlands 2015-#20NS

On realising that today’s trip was my 20th northbound work trip for the year (and one of the more tedious ones at that), it was a bit disheartening to do the maths and calculate that 20 trips, at an average of 5 hours a trip, means 100 hours of travelling. Since I can’t work in the […]

One of the reasons

There are many reasons why I keep Scout leading. This is one of them. [“Chippy” is my […]

Midlands 2015-#19NS

And after Monday’s trip to Launceston I had a trip to Campbell Town on Wednesday. I was running a bit early (stupidly, since getting up at the crack of dawn is not always my favourite thing), and so I had time to take a detour into Tunbridge. This didn’t take long; its hey day — if […]