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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12 of 12, August 2017

It’s a rather scrappy 12 of 12 this month: it was a cold and wet day, I kept forgetting to take photos, and when I did take them they were pretty ordinary shots (actually, “ordinary” overstates how good they were; they were lousy, and I only included them in order to make sure that I had 12 photos).

As suggested above, winter has hit and the mountain had received a good dumping of snow overnight, as can be seen in this shot which is coloured pink by some left over sunrise light.

During the morning I managed a soup swap: I’d made a big batch of pumpkin/vegetable soup and had planned to take some to Mum and Dad (as well as to another friend), but when I rang Mum and Dad it turned out that Mum had made a big batch of lamb and vegie alphabet soup and she’d planned to give some to me, and so we swapped our soups. (I had Mum’s at lunchtime with my friend (who also got some of my pumpkin soup) and then had my pumpkin soup for dinner/supper.)

The mountain was worth another photo a little later in the morning as the clouds lifted a little and the colour changed.

The sun streamed through my kitchen window and lit up one of the proteas my friend had given me, and I managed this truly artistic fuzzy shot.

Just before lunch I picked up some timber and guttering from a hardware store; it had to be lashed to the roof of the car. Lucky I’m a Scout leader and know knotty things.

While at my friend’s place for lunch I spotted a couple of kookaburras in her yard and managed to take some ordinary photos of them in the rain.

It might be winter, but the early wattle is in bloom, heralding spring.

In the afternoon we had a session at the pool with the Scouts so they could earn water safety badges. I’d like to be able to claim that the photo is blurred deliberately to protect the identities of my Scouts, but, no, it is completely due to ineptitude.

I’d realised by late afternoon that I might not actually end up with 12 photos by the end of the day, so I took this one on the way back to my car. It’s good isn’t it?! (No.)

Late in the evening I got stuck into making dessert for Sunday’s family dinner, since it was my turn this week. Yes, that is a lot of brown sugar.

Eventually all that brown sugar turns into two caramel tarts. (And then, 20 hours later, the two caramel tarts turn into nearly-empty aluminium pie tins (and three small left over pieces).

[The “12 of 12” project involves taking 12 photos on the 12th of the month. This provides the opportunity to get snapshots of different aspects of your life. I have been doing this since 2009 and this is the 96th such entry.]

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