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"...having reverted to the wild state, as from domestication."

Updated: 2016-11-30T20:27:23.022+08:00


Moving, It's


We are moving.
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After many years as a co-located library for all school levels from Year 11 to PHD we will be moving into new premises and only supplying services to the University level clients.

This has been a stressful time for all the team.
We know it is a positive move, for all the schools.
We 'to date' have packed 1523 archive boxes.
We are at the silly joke stage of acceptance.

We *wave* to our former clients and wish them well.
Feral Library Staff




its been three days now without air conditioning...
the staff are melting and the clients have fled.
trying to get answers, i think services are dead,
we closed early yesterday at 36c
it is forecast 41 today, muddle puddle me 

Semester two, day one 2012


Had an interesting day yesterday for first day of semester, the usual full on mass of things to do.

Greeted the new intake students for the second semester and worked my way through printer/pc dropouts to info literacy instruction on the fly.

I was at the PC’s working on the printer problem when a new international client asked about searching for an item as he tried to log into one of the printer PCs.

I took him to a general use pc and asked him to log in and began to show him how to search for his item, asking the normal things, who was the author, what was the title etc… we had just got to the page with multiple hits and I was showing him how to narrow the search for the onsite titles, when this must have been too much instruction for the international postgrad seated opposite who had completed his course last semester and was studying to increase his English skills for the IELTS exam.

He leaned though the pcs and said to us… “There is a copy of that title just behind you on the reserve shelves… its blue and in the 600’s. [Psst. I knew it was there, but don’t tell him.]

I sat briefly with a mix of pride because he has learnt how to find what he wants in the system and he completed his postgrad and exasperation as that ended the lesson with the new student. He was happy to grab the item and get the details and go to the shelf to see if there was a copy with a longer loan date. I have learnt that you go with what works for the individual client, so I took him to the shelf.

Needless to say there, at the shelf, we met 4 other students looking for the same item, and they had all missed out as there was a hole on the shelf, where our 4 copies usually sit.

I took the new student back to the pc and showed him how to request an item from our other campus as there was a standard loan on the shelf. At this point I was explaining about recalls and how other clients had the right to recall the item when you had it on loan, and how to do this for himself on other items to ensure he had ‘his turn’, when the postgrad interrupted to tell him that I was right and telling him the right thing to do. So proud. The older post grad ended his session privately telling me that they, the new students didn't really need the book yet as there was enough in the notes to get started.

And a little while later two of the other students emerged from the shelves with older editions of the same title, that they were happy to have until they could borrow the new edition.

Same days are diamonds.


“Tweaking Tweeps” – how I love you


“Tweaking Tweeps” – how I love youI was baking muffins this morning and a small part of me was watching the process as apparently I ‘tweak’ as I cook. A friend had accused me of this when she asked me for my recipe for minestrone soup and hers was ‘different’ to mine.I sat down with the recipe and looked at it in the first time for ages, (it’s in my memory - favourite recipes get there eventually:-) and apparently I ‘tweak’ a lot, without thinking, things like dropping the green beans as I don’t appreciate them in soup to adding a lemon myrtle leaf with the bay leaf as I think it adds to theflavour of the lemon juice in the recipe.Following the process of making the muffins, I did indeed ‘tweak’ as follows,I added 100gms of chopped apple which I had ‘coddled’ in lemon juice (loose translation of coddled there) and only 100 grams of blueberries instead of 200 grams, as I think too many berries is overkill and I had apple which ‘goes with’ nicely.I also grated the rind of the lemon into the mix. I like to take opportunities to add flavour, if they present themselves.The savoury corn and cheese – I noticed I added ham and cayenne pepper and a smidge of oil as the mix didn’t call for any and was a bit dry.I then started to notice that I ‘tweak’ in other things, such grabbing Ms 15s iPod to show her how to add her email address for checking easily (not appreciated until her brother sent her a photo of Vic Mignogna raffling a teddy bear at the Perth SupaNova and she needed to see it quickly…lol) and then I handed her one of my triple ‘J’ cds as she had no credit to purchase a song and it was on that volume.I analysed this a bit more and realise that I ‘tweak’ if I can the learning and information seeking experience of our students. Adding and sending and mentioning something great if I find it. I was serving on the bar at the “Rep Club” the local theatre group at which I am a member and talking to a PHD candidate about a great resource I knew about on the shelf as it would suit her area of research. (Only held on the shelf not ‘e’, unfortunately.)Thinking about this further I thought about the library people in my PLN and realising that a lot of ‘tweaking’ and sharing for others takes place on twitter. Many of you ‘tweak’ photos you find interesting – making them more interesting for your followers. Many of you pick up on an idea and run with it to see how far you can ‘tweak’ it for interest. Some of you get down to ‘brass tacks’ or the serious business of a subject sending links and offering thoughts and generally ‘tweeking’ a learning PD experience for us all. This is by far my favourite 'tweak', and one I appreciate endlessly.I would like to show gratitude for all the “tweaking tweeters” this week as without whom, I would not have travelled the pub crawl in images of the UK (cousin), learnt about new thoughts in ‘curating’ (many Librarians) and that Amy Tan wanted us to learn about the 50 shades of her at ALA (Librarian friend in US). Oh and Amanda Palmer wants my address to send the Kickstarter CD – yay! So thank you ‘tweaking tweeters’ you rock! @kalgrl[...]

School days, they pass so quickly...


Dear Friend,I remember waving my first child off to school for the first time and having a small weep on the way home in the car.I remember being apprehensive about how the day would go, how he would feel, be accepted and if he would accept readily the new group rules and dynamic.I worried a bit during the day and was relieved to see his happy smiling face at the end of the school day. He was happy with the change, happy to meet new friends and try new experiences and the people he met that had duty of care and in charge of his learning were wonderful.Over the years he made mistakes, so did I and sometimes the teachers did too (don’t spam me for this, we are all human), however I came to realize that we all had the same goal, to make sure he was safe and happy and learning.I now realize, from the parent point of view, that I am one of those people that your children will meet in their school life. I would just like to say that if they come into my sphere of work I will, as far as I can, ensure they are learning in a safe, dry, cool, spacious, fully equipped Library and that they have the learning skills to utilize the tools on offer to the best of my ability.I will also let them, phone home (outside school hours), print out that all important paper when the printer is not working in the classroom or home and help them with layout, spell check and direct them to the school office if what they are asking is part of their area of expertise.  I will also give them a tissue, a band aid, a chair and a glass of water, or be stern about their, or their friend’s behavior in the library, should it be necessary.So my advice is buy lots of stationery, get them a new back pack every year, but let them choose it, help with the homework, but don’t do it for them, get a tutor for the ‘hard’ subjects if necessary and love them. Get to know the teacher and the school, and try to trust the people they meet in their school years are there to guide and help.I waved Mr20 and his girlfriend off back to Perth yesterday and while I still feel mildly apprehensive of how others choices and his own will affect him, (and the feeling you get when you wave a loved one off never leaves). I am proud to say I feel his current choices are the right ones for him and the professionals involved in his learning are helping him move forward towards his goals. The feelings never leave you, it just lessens a bit over the years as your child grows and becomes responsible for their own life.Smiling, raising my cup to you, friends and Hugs.@kalgrl[...]

Days 3-5 of our sojourn in Sydney


I am writing quickly to enable me to move along from this task as I have found it mildly difficult to write to you as I should, time constraints and many family gatherings prevent.Day 3 of our journey saw us at the 'Power house museum' viewing a delightful display of artifacts from the 'Harry Potter' school days. Miss Bennett was delighted, Mr Bennett not so much. We gained a few reminders of this display and I must say that 'Bertie Botts every flavour beans' are just that. The maid by the way got a bit hot and tired and we sat quietly in the courtyard for our luncheon, to enable her to recover her strength, before a stoll around the city.Day 4 we were able to negotiate the trains system and visit the Art Gallery for a delightful exhibition of works by the artist Picasso. Miss Bennett was delighted to view in its original form, one painting she had studied and tried to reproduce in her classes at school. Mr Bennett was happier with the 'real art' of Tom Roberts and a delightful small Van Gough we found in one of the other galleries.We met up with a friend at the State Library and had a coffee in the rather delightful surroundings, and then strolled through a park area, I believe called 'The Domain'.Day 5 was one of rest dear friends as we were all, including and especially the maid, tired from our excursions. We had excellent room service at our lodgings, purchased some 'Macarons' to take home and relaxed prior to the trip home on the Sunday. That was a long trip and Miss Bennett was feeling unwell during the journey, poor thing. The maid perked up and that made the journey a lot smoother.I hope this news will suffice as I now need to move along with the preparations for the year ahead.I hope this finds you well and enjoying the summer months.Your friendMrs Bennett*post scriptum - considering firing that maid as she is such a complainer and has just spilt beetroot on my new gown, well really!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~@Kalgrl#blog5daysAusteneseI am in a blog challenge with other librarians, that is, to write 5 blog posts in the style of Jane Austen, I cannot but say that I have indeed found it a difficult challenge. (This is my belated finish to the challenge...ah well, better late then never :)the other participants are:@KRidwyn, blogging at Hmmmm@Girlwithshoess, blogging at Justgirlwithshoes@jobeaz, blogging at Macaronic@jzgarnett, blogging at Randomly Yours, Julia   [...]

Our venture... day two


Dear friends,I am very much afraid that you may be very disappointed with me as I am such a sad correspondent, my apologies for the tardiness of this update on our activities. These are the main events of day two of our venture to Sydney.It started out as a very fine day and we were elated to have pleasant weather for our chosen day for a walk around Sydney.  The maid took an inordinate amount of time to unpack and she kept complaining of fatigue (I cannot see why as the silly creature had a good night’s sleep in pleasant surrounds). When finally, I had finished my toilet, and she had dressed my hair to my satisfaction, we ventured forth to find some sustenance to sustain us for the day. Our first concern dealt with (even though we had a small occasion, dear friends,  of ‘Men won’t ask directions…) we discovered that the light rail conveyance ran under our holiday abode, we took quick advantage of a 3 day family pass and ventured forth. This conveyance was very pleasant and staff were very helpful with directions. We alighted, dear friends at ‘Central station’ and managed to negotiate the reasonably confusing ticket purchase and platform selection and rode the train to Circular Key. Just aside, we do not travel overmuch on public transport in our quiet country town.What beautiful vistas greeted our eyes on alighting from the train and climbing the stairs to the street level, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, the botanical gardens and the beautiful bay. After many sets of stairs and braving the strong winds at the front of the Opera House, there was no chance of a chill as it was still quite warm, we sat for a while in the tranquil gardens overlooking the bay, recovering our strength and viewing the many craft under sail.Returning to our lodgings we rested briefly before attending the cinema, a new type of play on a device that may catch on, showing moving pictures. The feature was something about an impossible mission.That is all I can recall of our adventures and as I am now quite fatigued I will say good night dear friends, until next I write.Yours in exhaustion,Mrs BennettPostscriptum: The maid continues to be fatigued, I believe she has been affected possibly by 'the lag of the jet' , we must ge her a tonic tomorrow to brighten her up.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~@Kalgrl#blog5daysAusteneseI am in a blog challenge with other librarians, that is, to write 5 blog posts in the style of Jane Austen, I cannot but say that I have indeed found it a difficult challenge.the other participants are:@KRidwyn, blogging at Hmmmm@Girlwithshoess, blogging at Justgirlwithshoes@jobeaz, blogging at Macaronic@jzgarnett, blogging at Randomly Yours, Julia[...]

A letter to my one


My dear friends, It behoves me to write this day to inform you of recent events in our lives, so you can, if you should so desire, share our adventure. I wish to recount our journey to the beautiful city of Sydney and what befell us there. On the first day of our venture, we set forth in high hopes and mild agitation at the journey to come. Flying high in the skies is always a breathtaking experience considering it is not a natural state for man to fly, however it is a necessary step to cross this great land of ours. Fast horse drawn carriages have nothing on the speed and might of these metal birds that take us on these journeys. After having taken the time to oversee the maid in the packing of my trunk, (alas, she is sometimes forgetful and a small trial to me), to ensure that nothing would be left behind and my best outfits were included, and fortified with a small imbibe at the local hostelry, we set off. Included in our journey was to be a small break in the city of Adelaide, a fine place and one of, so it is said, many churches. We did not stay long in this fine state, only long enough to partake of a light refreshment and change carriages, for the next stage of our journey. I entertain hopes of a longer visit on our return journey.Mr Bennett was in a fine fettle and our dear Victoria was excited about the coming treat to visit the finer establishements in the city and take in the views of the much lauded opera house and the bay on which it sits.The staff who attended  to our needs on the journey and the captain of the ship were very pleasing and kept us entertained and comfortable. Mr Bennett was delighted on being regularly apprised of the weather conditions and speed and height our conveyance would reach.After many hours we arrived at our destination. Mr Bennett secured another conveyance to take us into the city and we were soon at our lodgings. The building itself was large and had many twinkling lights, which possibly gave it its name, "The Star". Our rooms were perfectly suited to our needs and the bathing room was more than adequate, boasting a deep bath in which to wash off the rigours of our journey. (I blush as I convey this to you, however I know you would want to know we were comfortable.)A welcome from our hosts was on the picture box on the wall, and we decided on a short walk to try the air and prepare for our rest. We admired a goodly number of fine establishments and purveyors of goods on the walk, esp. an exquisite patissier. The ladies in the party determined to return over the next few days for a closer look at the many items on display.After this we retired for the night and I will leave the events of the next day for another page.I do hope that this missive finds you all well and that no-one has succumbed to the summer heat.Yours in fine fettle,Mrs BennettPostscriptum,  I should also mention that the maid packed my favourite perfume incorrectly (as I said a trial to me, but she has been with the family for a long time) and it had spilled in my trunk, thankfully not through my clothes, but enough to make it necessary to air out the smaller trunk for a number of days.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~@kalgrl#blog5daysAusteneseI am in a blog challenge with other librarians, that is, to write 5 blog posts in the style of Jane Austen, I cannot but say that I have indeed found it a difficult challenge.the other participants are:@KRidwyn, blogging at Hmmmm@Girlwithshoess, blogging at Justgirlwithshoes@jobeaz, blogging at Macaronic@jzgarnett, blogging at Randomly Yours, Julia[...]

25th December 2011


The rather splendiferious tree decorated by MS14, we left behind, and all our pressies - woe. (Shh...we did have a small carpet party in the lounge and open a few before we went away, shhh...) I spent the few days between coming home from Perth and going to Esperance, (it felt like) running at full tilt to get everything done - I hope I didnt forget anything, it was such a blur.. Much fun, food (thank you to SIL and Niece) and more fun and food was had by all. After cleanup, most of us went to early rest. (note to self - remember *nothing is open in Esperance on Christmas day - Children get hungry again - must take/buy food for other meals as service station stuff is edible but...) We made Ninja Gingerbreads to take, but didn't get time to ice, so Ms 14 and I did a 'reasonable job' of decorating on Christmas eve in the hotel room. They were well received. (one small nephew loves 'the rocks' - silver decoration and he loved that we put 'a lot' on the gingerbread.) They were a "little pink" for ninjas so good thing we don't have a final photo. @kalgrl

December 24th 2011


On December 24th we, all the family visited Stonehenge - Esperance. This is a (to quote the 'fact sheet') "complete replica to scale of the original "Stonehenge" in the UK. The children had a great time running around the standing stones and playing hide and seek, while the adults took many photos. "The structure is aligned with the summer solstice - Esperance WA. The station stones will be positioned on this line to allow the sun rays to pass through to the altar. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year (22nd December)and the sunset on the winter solstice is also in alignment, which is the shortest day of the year (21st June)." "137 Stones of Esperance Pink Granite quarried adjacent to the Beale's property in Esperance, Western Australia." It was interesting and is deliberatly not a 'ruin', but a replica of the original. In conversation with the owner my SIL discovered that there had been weddings and other ceremonies at the site, but that she wouldn't allow 'pagan rituals'. (My mind wondered/giggled at that, as it is a commercial venture and it does cost $'s to enter the site, but hey everyone has a 'personal line' :-) The gift shoppe had some interesting pens in local timbers, that @flexnib would maybe have liked. :-) @kalgrl

December 23rd 2011


December 23rd was 'Travel day for Christmas' which just happens to also be my birthday :-) Woke to lots of Birthday wishes facebook and twitter and then a drive down to Esperance for Christmas. The cake was given to me by my lovely Niece Jo (thank you) and was 'White Chocolate mudcake with Passionfruit syrup". All the Bennett, Van Viersen family joined us for dinner at the Taylor Street Jetty Tearooms. Thank you everyone for a lovely evening.

#blogjune Day 30 - 'Last day Capricorn 23'


June 2011 - A wonderful Sharing Month.(image)


A'giggle' of Librarians at the tweetup (with a-ma-zing hot chocolate)


Last day of June 2011.
Sunset today at 5:15 pm - Corner of Brookman and Lane Streets - Kalgoorlie Western Australia

It has been a long month professionally with a lot happening in the schools on the campus, and at MPOW, still nothing resolved fully about changes so 'heidy ho'...

It is semester break for the University students, however the Highschool have one more week and TAFE finished officially today. We are quiet and getting the jobs done that we can only achieve in the 'quiet' times. We also had two staff off this week at a Senior first aid course, (so I am feeling safer already)one on long service and two casuals away for semester break.

For a sense of personal achievement, I published my first LibGuide today, I felt I had learnt enough, through all the hints and tips in the emails from Perth colleagues and my own reading, to work out how to put it together. Ongoing learning curve there.

I love being a Librarian, and even though it can be very stressful and isolated at times, it is a wonderful thing to help someone find what they want, even if it is only the 'stapler'. (4x today :-)

Another huge plus was I enjoyed my first 'tweetup' on the weekend and my only regret was not enough time to talk MORE with all the Librarians who came along. Thanks to @lutie for arranging such a wonderful treat (and her a-ma-zing texta pen). Everyone was waving ipads and ebook readers and nametags and hot chocolate and talking and talking and laughing and sharing. so good! Wonderful to meet face to face.

I hope your month was enjoyable and you read and laughed and shared as we did.
July 2011


ps* sorry about the 'Logans Run' joke in the title, but sometimes phrases remind me of movie lines and this old scifi was full of 'last days'. *grin*

#blogjune day29 'keeping score for June 2011'


I have been a bit busy, buzzing around and doing. It is nearly the end of June and I feel the need to count up the successes and failures of the month, to see the score...
(things in no particular order... )

1. Began #blogjune with a passion and managed to blog 17 days straight (win)
2. Covering for staff on long service at work and spread myself a bit too thin... Feeling the pinch of tasks not complete and rushed for time constraints - poor time management (fail)
3. Went to my first 'tweetup' with a beautiful group of, sharing, giving, chatty, calorie loving :), wonderful Librarians. Just soaking up the enthusiasm was brilliant! (win)
4. Not enough time spent with @sputty11 and @flexnib - need to rectify that... (fail)
5. Joined 'Bennett nerds ahoy' at Supernova... With all the trimmings of fanboi fun... I love inventive, creative and slightly cracked people, and this venue rocked with that! (win)
6. Geek Souvenirs acquired - tardis cookie jar with noise and light, 'don't blink' and 'I kissed a timelord and liked it' t shirts, 'trueblood' - bar and grill' 1/2 apron, 2 new covers for my iPhone. (win)
7. Funeral of a friend (sad fail)
8. Spent time with my family, doing things we like to do (win)
9. Didn't blog everyday in June (fail)
10. Haven't 'yet' read all the wonderful blog entries that friends are contributing to #blogjune (fail)
11. Started reading fiction again (win)
12. Extended family stuff - Got the date wrong for friends daughters birthday again, sent hoody too small to nephew for his birthday and lost receipt. Horrid, short, tired phone call with brother. Dad not well, Mum coping. Aunty not well. (cluster fail)
13. Was late for work on my early start - twice (fail)
14. E- books and e-book readers - time to assess and evaluate - time management (fail)
15. Hugged Ms 14, Mr 19 and JB more and tried to be as supportive as I could with all their projects. (win)
16. Planted start of new garden at front of house. (win)
17. Began writing and editing book (win)
18. Joined committe for important anniversary of theatre group - organizers 'r' us (win)
19. Was joyful for friend who achieved success and new position at work and Europe trip (win, win)
20. Taken time to breath, a couple of times. (win)
21. Clear wardrobe - domestic task for June . (fail)

Time to stop and count coup:
Win = 12
Fail = 9

Well I do believe I have achieved my eagle feather for June.

Dear family, friends and 'tweeps', I hope you all can count June 2011 as a win.


#blogjune day26 &17 Barry


Last Friday I went to a Funeral of a friend. I seemed to lose my 'blog mojo' and become more introspective  and wasn't ready to blog then. So here is last Fridays blog. 

Barry was one of nature's gentlemen.
He was a lovely man who was generous with both his personal time and expertise in mechanical areas. He would spend time helping people, patch that bike tyre, get that missing part or stopping to chat.

He also treated people well and always had a kind word for all. I probably don't know all there is to know about Barry, I am sure he had his very human moments, like the rest of us. 

I got to know Barry when he was 'going steady' (can't say dating as the word doesn't seem to fit the man, brylcreme and  Slim Dusty were more his style:)with a close friend. She was recovering from a bitter divorce and had over some years a few difficult relationships.

Barry treated her well, flowers and laughter were in her life. He was nice and courteous and treated the members of her extended family well.

Unfortunately Barry smoked, heavily as did other members of his family. His sister was suffering with cancer and dying. My friend asked him, if they were to continue their relationship would he give up smoking? He would not. Her decision then, to protect herself from further hurt was to end the relationship. Barry stayed a friend to her and her family and helped them in many ways.

The irony is, that friend died of cancer in 2004. Barry was working and right up until the day he died a couple of weeks ago.

I was a friend of Barry and he taught me the value of enjoying what you do, valuing those closest to you and what a true generous soul is like.

I hugged my family more this week.

RIP Barry.


#blogjune Day 16 - reading tonight


Been out to a meeting -time poor today. Hope you all had a good day. Just a quote to finish the busy day.

'The best of a book is not the Thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not it the tones but the echoes of our hearts'
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Goodnight -read well.


#blogjune Day 15 - alas poor Kobo..


The day I talk about my Kobo, and my sadness at annoying things

I have a kobo ebook and I like it. It can be a bit clunky when compared with even the flashy new versions of itself, no wifi etc. But it is a good practical easy to use e- reader, were it not for the vendor of my choice.

I chose to buy this from Borders in Australia. I had few problems and managed to follow the reasonably convoluted trail when I had  a difficulty, which mostly was a time thing,  "just wait, the problem will right itself" and usually it did.

I started to encounter other annoying difficulties with upgrades and compatability about the time Borders went into receivership, so help was necessary. I worked the problem until I had a query in with the helpdesk, and waited. The answer that came back, didn't make a lot of sense in the scheme of my concern, basically they suggested I download software I already had in the Kobo. 

About the time this became frustrating, I got my iPhone and I have been exploring that as a tool for everything, including e-books.
Consequently my Kobo has been neglected and lies dormant on the bedside table. (still at the top of the pile.)

I am now a bit further down the track recovering slightly from i-madness and feel the need to get back to the e- book, and I have to my mind a couple of choices.
1. Buy a new ebook ... Easiest thing to do, but $$
2. Use the Kobo with a new vendor.
3. Sit down and actually get my head around the stuff from borders, if I can, and if it is actually worth doing.
4. Purchase i-pad.

Problem with all of this is, time, skill, upgrade necessary, $$$ and what I actually want. Which is a light portable book.

I have been looking at the new e-books that take notes and do all sorts of 'new fangled' things, and I do 'lust' after a new one. However, I do like my Kobo and would hate to  just chuck it when it has a lot of life in it yet. (evil thought no. 1 - I could give it to Ms 14... Then I would need a new one :)

I am sad that I was so annoyed with the bookshops closing and that has affected my joy of the first e-book I have owned, and I didn't keep up. 
Also the iPhone is so easy to use, it makes everything else seem harder.
I also am a very visual learner and convoluted upgrades do my head in.

(evil thought no. 2  - I am leaning towards combining 2 of the choices above.)

Anyway, time for a ponder and a sleep, however Tony Delroy's issue of the day is the decline of the book shop, so I may have to listen.


#blogjune Day 14 - 5 book meme


What am I reading now?
Twitter links mainly, to blogs for June!

The last book I finished?
The City Who Fought - Stirling & McCaffrey

What do I want to read next?
The Mary Smokes Boys (started, not yet finished)

The last book I bought?
Agatha Christie "murder at the vicarage' (paper)
The second ship -book one of the Rho Agenda (e-book)

The last book i was given?
50th anniversary copy of
'To Kill a Mocking Bird'
present from my Mum as she knows I love the book.

The quiz needs a lighter vein so, Musicals!
Song & musical please...

'What they want is what you see,
Keep the best of you,
Do the rest of you...'


#blogjune Day 13 ...don't look now...nothing is going on...


I was thinking only a month ago that I had nothing to do.
The play had finished, work has slowed a bit as classes had finished and it was mid term and after Easter and I had submitted the paper I had written for NLS5. (Which by the way I havn't heard anything about as yet...)


- work took off and I have so much to do I am slightly dazed at the end of each day.

- I have committed to helping organize a celebration weekend for the Theatre Group I belong to, 80th anniversary in October. + helping with the history.

- I have been on a committee to, which if I am honest, I haven't be able to add much value, until recently and I have two urgent jobs to complete for that group. Both of which will take time.

- I was sick with the flu, which has taken 2 full weeks to shake and I am still tired.

- I am planting a front garden. To try to become water wise, we killed off all the grass over a couple of months and now we are planting natives and weed mat and mulch. We are making it up as we go along. ( we tried sugar cane mulch and that stuff looks like straw, got rid of it and put down good dark organic mulch, which looks a lot better and probably won't catch alight if some passer by throws a cigarette on it. Might put in a vege garden later and the sugar cane mulch might be good for that.)

- I started to get interested in baking again, it is winter. Made "Cappucino Cupcakes" this weekend.

- for some reason after not watching the last series at all, I am now addicted to Master Chef.

- Reading is on the eyephone and a lot of interesting links on twitter... forget fiction at the moment.

- #Blog every day for June started....

I could add more to the list, however the point is not to whinge but say I am grateful that I have so much in my life and am now just a little bit wistful for one month ago. :-)

The quiz -
Play and character please.

"Well we can't all come and go by bubble!!"


#blogjune Day 12 - lists


Some people I know are great at lists.
I am a bit quixotic with them.

Sometimes I forget, i am working with a list or to actually read it.

Any way, a list of tasks for the weekend stars are complete...

Sleep in (didn't happen - tried)
*Go shopping for specific items for ms 14 and JB
Go shopping for socks for me (bought the incorrect size - have to go back, sigh :-(
*Go shopping for Snuggys for 3 x Ms 14
*Cook cupcakes for sleepover (took 3 visits to the shop for forgotten ingrediants)
*Arrange some cleaning prior to sleepover (I was not popular)
*Get some mulch and spread it (yay! JB did this)
write some of current writing project
*take images of Piccadilly Locality parks (long story)
*go to movies with friend
tidy up wardrobe
complete washing and folding
Write blog post for Day 12

didn't get to the writing, washing or folding and brought the wrong socks as picked up the incorrect size.
I am setting myself a task of shorter lists and more productivity, as this weeks skill test. My challenge is to complete the list this week.

1. Need to finish LibGuide
2. Place new PC in training room
3. Complete de-selection of 610's.

"Tally Ho...

Ok back to the quiz, another easy one today...
John Nebauer (Adelaide)won the first which was "Romeo and Juliet" - Shakespeare Yay!

Character and name of play please

"To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness."


#blogjune Day 11 - Hogwarts 'alert


Currently sitting in the front room as there are 3 x 14 year old girls having a "Hogwarts" movie marathon in the main room, wands are being wafted, sorting hats abound and they just ate the biggest 'feast' of nachos, with 'ginger' butter beer and lollies that make you roar like a lion. I believe they are onto the 3rd movie at this stage.

Dobby has 'helped Harry', Snape has swished along the corridors in his black cape and the girls all have a snuggy blanket which can double as a school robe or make you a Dementor. It is a lot of fun, for them. (we hope they are quiet by 12:00)

In one of the 7 things meme that @jobeaz wished that the world of Harry Potter was real, well she needs to get together with these girls, they know the spells, they know the characters, they know the story, put themselves in a Hogwarts House and they love it all. I have noticed that their tastes have changed over the years, once they all wanted to be Griffindor, now the dark side is a bit more attractive it seems with two wanting to be in Slytherin. (Vampire emo's unite!) Its all a load of fun and they are having a ball.

It is suiting us (the parents) as we are in the other room watching the recorded shows we missed this week and finishing a movie 'Limitless', which we started last weekend.

Real worlds are colliding with imagination here this weekend and the imagination is winning. Thats not a bad thing. We all need some time out, I hope you are all having time out over the week end.

Time for the quiz, trivia abounds... A bit more obscure this time.
Play and character please :)

"You can be young without money, but you can't be old without it."

Play nice.


#blogjune Day 10 "To meme or not to meme..."


Just to finish the meme...

Seven things I can do well

1.Bake - I can bake
2.stage manage a play
3.keyboarding - (not typing - I haven't used one of those in years)
5.quick study on new shiney things
7.tea, I can make a good cup of tea

Seven things I can’t do but wish that I could

1.Build a garden (attempting this right now)
2.patchwork quilting
5.remember names of people I have just met (it is a disease, what can I say)
6.sing well ('well' being the 'key' word here - i sing badly all the time)
7.cook (not the same thing as baking quite different)

Seven phrases I’m known to use

1.Holy crap!
3.can I help you?
4.shitake mushrooms
5.murphy is alive and well
6.good decision's that going for you?

Ok now I'm going to start a small quiz to copy shamelessly the Bun-toting Librarian's quiz idea and start one of my own.

a quote...(easy one to start)
and I would like - characters name and play

"but soft, what light through yonder window breaks"?


#blogjune Day 9. -meming continued...


Seven random facts about me

1. I used to shoot air pistol at targets.
2. I ran a coffee shop, with my parents.
3. My favourite style of firing clay pots is pit firing. Had some beautiful results in black firing.
4. Big geek - read , watch and enjoy sci fi.
5. I have very few housekeeping skills.
6. Lived in Manapouri for two years as a child. Near Milford Sound in NZ.
7. Performed 'Everyman' at the Dolphin Theatre at a UWA summer school, taught by a colourful character called -Maggie Wild West.

Seven things I want to do before I die

1. Paris
2. Make a heritage quilt (can't sew much)
3. Go to the space station
4. Write an interesting sci fi short story
5. Go to 'interesting theatre' at the west end London
6. Sleep a night through ( I live with a snorer)
7. Ensure my children have the best start we can give them.

That's all with meming... Goodnight

#blogjune Day 8 'meaning to meme'


I ran out of time today, so a quick meme to keep up with blog a day for June.

Seven things that scare me

1.running spiders (huntsman)
2.suspenseful shock movies
4.really loud storms
5.large angry dogs
6.illness in family members

Seven things I like

1.jb 19 14
7.My iphone

Thats all folks.

#blogjune Day 7 - Sparkling with Confidence



I had the opportunity to go to a "Sparkling with Confidence" workshop this evening organised by Pippa Baxter and other Teaching Staff at the Eastern Goldfields College. Thanks to them they decided to share their good fortune of a presentation from this noted speaker with the community.

The presenter was Rachel Green (pictured taking a photo of the attendees with her camera).

I hadn't had and opportunity to hear Rachel Green speak before and this seemed an excellent opportunity to participate in a workshop and garner some of her insights into gaining more confidence.

She was an engaging speaker and can make a room laugh, as she will tell you herself, when explaining the difference between boasting and talking about strengths.
You don't need 100% confidence, which is very hard to achieve, as long as you have enough confidence to be doing what you need to be doing.

Using an example of learning how to drive an automatic car (a new area for her) she explains that you need to break what you need to do into smaller steps, and just do what you need to do to move forward one step at a time.
(reminds me of the question - "how do you eat an elephant?" and the answer "one bite at a time".)

After a very humerous story involving a parrot and a silence retreat, she really started me thinking about choosing to practice being confident.

Also giving up the "stinking thinking" and not thinking "what if?, the bad thing might happen and thinking the opposite and choosing to be happy and confident and dealing with things only if/when they occur.

Know your strenghts and realise it is not boasting to talk about your strengths to others and think positively!

A really good tool is to visualise a really happy moment and use that to calm yourself if you are having a crisis of confidence. Replay that memory as you need.

Came away after talking to some new fantastic women, sharing our strengths and with a renewed energy to practice feeling more confident and taking one step at a time.

So go eat your elephant, i've already started on mine:D


Day 6 #blogjune - End of Semester One 2011



6 sure signs its the end of first semester and start of exam period,

1. Its very cold (and surprisingly, wet...)
2. The clients all look very tired
3. Long overdue items are returned and excuses made (some work, some don't)
4. Staff have the look that says - shorter hours are soon :D
5. Lots of coffee/hot drinks are being consumed by everyone
6. Some clients we have never seen before, turn up for "the notes"....

Best of luck to all our clients in the next two weeks... enjoy the semester break.