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.
August 2014
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Moods of the Mountain #41

A hazier shade of pale.

This was taken at 7:25am half-way through a week in which a high-pressure system sat over Hobart and produced lovely mild winter weather portending spring.

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Cardboard box sleepout mk.2

Two years ago our Scout troop had a cardboard box sleepout in my front yard, and the kids wanted to do it again this year. The boxes were assembled on our regular meeting night, helped this year by the fact that one of the parents had managed to find some really big boxes that were large […]

Midlands #2014-10S

And two-and-a-half days later I was heading southwards again, this time in the middle of a glorious springish late winter day. There were lots of lovely things worth photographing, although I was a bit constrained due to time, so you just get this recently ploughed field and some skeletal winter-denuded trees.

My unwritten, make-them-up-as-you-go-along rules for my […]

Midlands #2014-10N

As I headed northward this evening in the dark, a glow off to the east prompted a quick detour into Ross to take a photo of the spot-lit sandstone Wesleyan chapel (unfortunately the only place in the grounds with a structure where I could brace myself in order to take the time exposure was right behind […]

12 of 12, August 2014 (and Moods of the Mountain #40)

I wasn’t in a theme-y mood today, but I was in desperate need of getting back into my half-hour-walk-a-day habit (the one that has never properly become a habit, unfortunately). So most of the photos come from a late afternoon walk around Rose Bay/Montagu Bay, apart from the first two photos which fit a Moods of […]

Moods of the Mountain #39

This morning, before I went to Church, followed by this afternoon, after I got home from Church. There were some nice in-betweeny mist effects that I missed in between times, unfortunately.

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[RST] The stinging nettles in my garden

[I’ve decided to start archiving these little homilies that I’ve been writing for the women in my Relief Society group at Church. The “RST” stands for Relief Society Thoughts. More details are at the end of this post.]

In a fit of domesticity yesterday I decided to weed the narrow strip of garden along the driveway, where […]

Good to get some test questions right

I nearly struggled with this one this morning.

1. Match the products in the left column with the correct place of application in the right column:

Place of application




Fortunately my personal product list isn’t any longer than this, otherwise I’d be in real trouble.

[Edited to add: Just in case you don’t read the comments, I should point out […]

Cold realities of entitlement and expectation

After doing a few odds and ends this morning, I decided to head up to the summit of Mt Wellington and wander around in the cold wind and remaining snow remnants. I walked along the South Mt Wellington track for a while, among the open rocks and shrubs, thankful for my down jacket since the wind […]

Moods of the Mountain #38

It’s been cold these last couple of mornings. I wonder why?

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