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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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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 the sort of small statistical sample from which no such conclusions can confidently be drawn except by those who are totally biased). And the lesson went well, I think.

It was also Mother’s Day, so the ladies at Church got to wear chrysanthemums.

In the afternoon I went for a walk, and came across a flock of cockatoos …

which were startled into flight by some other walkers.

Continuing the bird theme (briefly), there was a flotilla of tiny cormorant chicks paddling about on the water and occasionally diving beneath (cormorant chicks is my best guess; I am not actually certain what they are). 

A different view of my favourite mountain.

I took this photo because I was surprised to see things in bloom in autumn (and then I felt like an idiot, because hadn’t I worn a chrysanthemum in the morning!).

A view of the Derwent River and the Tasman Bridge.

I like the colour contrasts in the next shot, and the abstract water patterns.

When I got home I finished preparing dinner for the extended family: vegetarian bolognese sauce and a non-vegetarian bolognese sauce (and a non-vegetarian bolognese sauce without onion for someone who doesn’t do onion) … and, yes, of course you can cook Italian in a wok.

My brother came bearing a gift (although the photo doesn’t do it justice): he’d sculpted this really amazing scene of penguins on an iceberg in the ocean (complete with killer whale), out of polymer clay and some other touches. It is only 10cm in diameter, and is really cool. At 7mm tall, these are probably the smallest penguins I have; just over a week ago my sister delivered to my front door (initially anonymously) what I think is, at 50cm, my biggest penguin (included in the bonus 13th photo).

(The “12 of 12” project involves taking 12 photos on the 12th of the month (actually, it usually involves taking more). Some days the day is just an everyday day; some days things are a bit more adventurous. I have been doing this since 2009, and this is episode 117.)

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