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.
January 2019
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Moods of the Mountain #104

There have been some terrible bushfires raging through some of Tasmania’s wilderness and not quite so remote areas, resulting in a grim smoke haze over Hobart. In the morning the mountain was still visible …

but by late afternoon it had all but disappeared.

Unfortunately quite a few other things are going to have disappeared. [There was some […]

Port Arthur kayak

I headed south with a friend and her family for the Australia Day long weekend and we stayed at a holiday house in Carnarvon Bay. From a water perspective, this is “just around the corner” from Port Arthur, and one afternoon I launched my kayak and went for a paddle around the coast.

There is a lovely […]

Moods of the Mountain #103

This time the colours of sunset are paler and the sun’s rays set the lower level mist aglow.

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Moods of the Mountain #102

One of the nice things about being home from Jamboree is saying hello to my favourite mountain.

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Post-Jamboree tour

On the last official day of Jamboree we started to pack up most of the tents. This necessitated some steam-rolling (to get the air out) and also resulted in the amusing extrication of a large rock with a tent peg firmly drilled through it (to our surprise, we managed to retrieve just about all the pegs […]

12 of 12, January 2019

The 12th this month fell on “Celebration Day”, which is my least favourite day of Jamboree. The place is invaded by visitors (another 10000 on top of the 10000 already attending), and there is meant to be a festive market day which is a great idea in principle but never seems to entirely work in practice.

Here […]

AJ2019 Jamboree bits and pieces

Jamborees are big. Really big. There were about 10000 people attending this one, which means lots of logistics, lots of food, and lots of tents. Here is an aerial view of the Jamboree site (and, yes, a trip to the loo involves a bit of a walk, which is always a hassle when there’s an urgent […]