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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Telegraph poles

I took a couple of friends for a drive up to the east coast and spotted these telegraph poles on a road near Triabunna. The sky was very atmospheric and there’s something stark and both lonely and connecting about telegraph poles in the country. It’s too late at night to try to find the right words […]

Easter Corroboree

Every three years there is a statewide Easter Scout camp, attended by around 250 kids and sundry leaders and parents. It’s meant to be like a mini-Jamboree, with lots of activities.

Our district (about five different troops) decided to work together in one big sub-camp, which made life a lot easier for me as I didn’t have […]

Hole in the ground, and revisiting waterfalls

When Dad and I did our New Year’s Day trip to a hidden waterfall on Mt Wellington we came across an unusual geological feature. He got in touch with some retired geologists and organised a return visit to see if we could find out more about it. I was curious and, knowing that I had a […]

12 of 12, March 2018

As promised a year ago, the 12 of 12 for March this year fell on the final day of the annual Scout regatta. It’s an in-tents occasion.

I was under strict instructions not to do anything more strenuous than pressing camera shutter buttons. As a consequence, this is everyone else getting the very heavy George Bass launched so […]

Creative acts of kindness

People have been wonderfully supportive to me lately, in lots of different ways. I just wanted to share a few special acts of kindness (but in highlighting these particular things I don’t want to neglect or fail to acknowledge and express my gratitude for all sorts of other kindnesses that I haven’t documented here, from hugs […]

Keeping calm and dealing with it

When I was part of the leadership team for the women’s group at Church we’d sometimes discuss what we’d do if a problem should arise, and apparently I’d frequently say “we’ll deal with it”, which a friend later “memed” for me as in the picture below.

Most of my friends will now know about the following, but […]

Cape Pillar revisited and 12 of 12, February 2018

Due to an unexpected twist in my life (which may get explained here when I have decided how I want to do it), a Scout hike that had been a bit up in the air very suddenly had to become real for southern Tasmania’s February long weekend. A frantic planning meeting was held with the two […]

Adamsons Falls

A different niece; a different destination.

The Australia Day holiday gave me an opportunity for a day walk with my eldest well-and-truly adult niece. We’d originally thought about climbing Adamsons Peak (apostrophe in “Adamsons” not included due to official nomenclature board policy), but timing, weather and some other factors, such as a strong disdain for extended upwardnesses, meant […]

A niece’s first overnight hike

The summer holidays seemed like a good time to introduce my 14-year-old niece, B, to overnight hiking. There’s an ideal spot down on the Tasman Peninsula which we sometimes use with Scouts: great scenery, mostly level track with enough hilly bits to help you learn to cope with them, not too long, and with fresh water […]

Bruny Island Lighthouse

A friend of mine and her family had been holidaying on Bruny Island and I went across on their last day. We went to the rugged south end of the island, and visited the famous 180-year-old lighthouse.

During summer, tours are conducted and we joined a small group to head up the slightly vertiginous spiral stairs to […]