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.
December 2018
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Dust, drills, and the end of 2018

It’s amazing how quickly a year can pass, especially one that has been as not-quite-according-to-plans as the last one.

It’s amazing how quickly three years can pass; it’s hard to believe that I was on my way to the last Jamboree this time in 2015 (for the 2016 Jamboree).

I had always planned to attend the 2019 Jamboree, […]

Elephant MkIII

I did another Christmas elephant this year for my elephant-loving friend (the previous ones are shown here). This one was a little simpler than the others: a stylised outline, with some shaping for the ear, tusk and eye. It has a pin on the back to turn it into a brooch. I really love the grain […]

Family at Christmas, 2018

It was nice at Christmas time to have the whole family around, with my younger brother and his family visiting from New Zealand. We got together at my aunt’s house on Christmas Day, in accordance with family tradition, and a good day was had by all, with food, fun, water fights, photographs, and a visit from […]

Happy Christmas 2018

A friend of mine told me that she thinks of the Christmas season as a kind of thanksgiving time, and this resonated with me. I like having a chance to reflect on the year that was, and, in particular, to ponder the fantastic friendships that are my privilege to share. Thank you to all my wonderful […]

Idea of North again

The Idea of North came to Hobart again, and Mum, Dad, and I arranged to go and see/hear them. There have been some changes since I last saw them, with both their bass and soprano (Andrew Piper and Sally Cameron) leaving the group and being replaced (by Luke Thompson and Emma Rule), and with the lineup […]

O’Gradys Falls (and not for the first time)

A friend of mine from Melbourne and his partner have been visiting Tasmania and we had a window of opportunity to catch up this morning, a catch-up with scenery thrown in for good measure as I took them on a little sight-seeing tour up the mountain and down to Kingston Beach. We walked in to O’Grady’s […]

12 of 12, December 2018

Things were a little frantic this morning as my New Zealand-based brother and his family were arriving for Christmas and I am their local hotel. Trouble is, I had been occupying the rooms — yes, all of them — that they needed, and although I have spent time in the last week getting things ready there […]

“Messiah” (most of it, plus 2 RDCVs*)

I knew that the TSO Chorus was doing Handel’s Messiah at the end of the year, and, being familiar with the work and suspecting that the shortage of tenors that had seen me invited to do Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette might also apply even for the better known Messiah, I let the powers that be know that I was […]

Not your average nesting site

My eagle-eyed parents, on a drive, happened to spot a tawny frogmouth making its home up a telephone pole.

When I drove past a week or so later it was to discover that it was actually home to a family of not just two but, if you look closely, three.

It’s not the place I would have picked […]