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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Icy cold today

The things we do cause we love our kids
we drive all sorts of distances in all sorts of weather and then
we sit and we wait.


Tash has to be at netball at 0930 as she coaches
but her game isn't until 1430 so I sit and watch football
and today this is what it was like most of the day,
It didn't seem to end...

In quite a few areas around here this is what we got to see,
roads covered in ice from massive heavy hail fall.
It makes for dangerous driving conditions
as quite a few people found out.


It almost looks like snow,
in fact in several areas around South Australia and Victoria
there was snow fall.
This is from The Grampians,
certainly a good coverage there.




Friday, July 19, 2013

Do you Kiva

Do you even know what Kiva is?
Do you Kiva yourself?

I Kiva!
26 of those for my own personal team.
From an input of $173 I have lent $800
And that I am damn proud of.

Kiva began in 2005
and is a non profit organisation
that uses the Internet and micro finance institutions
to let people loan $25 (or more)
to help alleviate poverty around the world.
At the time of writing this there is
954, 525 lenders who have done $450,382,425 in loans
in 69 countries around the world.

Kiva provides loans via the micro finance institutions (field partners)
to people who are unable to access the traditional banking system
(for many different and varied reasons)
All the money that you loan is sent direct to the field partners,
who are not charged any interest by Kiva and
then they deal direct with the person you have selected.

And this is the other great part of Kiva,
You can select the country, sex of the person, singular or groups
and the type of loan it is.

If anyone would like to join me on Kiva
you are very welcome to join my team
come over and see what it is all about.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bit wet out there

Hmm
That might explain the rain


Listened to rain all night
bit of thunder and lightning too.



Looks like the rest will go over the top of us
which is good because I have things to do and don't need to
be cold and soggy out there.






Thursday, July 4, 2013

Mount Gambier Public Library

I wish the Mount Gambier Library had been this flash when I worked here,
It is a totally different creature.


This has computer terminals for access to catalogues,
lower shelving for easy access to all the books.

Rooms that can be hired,
a computer room where free lessons are held,
lots of public access terminals as well as free wifi
and a whole lot more.

A fabulous kids section
That also runs lots of children's program's during the holidays
(I'm glad they have kept that going and developed it even further, the children really loved the ones we used to run)


And even better, there is a cafe within the library,
You can either sit in the cafe area or they will bring it to you in the library.


But what I like most of all is these comfy chairs


There are three of them and they come with a power point,
which means at the moment I'm sitting with my feet up relaxing,
while online on my iPad as I recharge it at the same time.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Have you heard of Coursera?

Have you heard about Coursera?
Do you know what it is?
Have you done anything with them?



For those of you who haven't heard of them
they are an online company that has joined with universities and organisations
from around the world to provide free short courses online to anyone.

You get to sign up for a course,
along with thousands of other students around the world,
watch the lectures, read the articles, do the quizzes, write essays
and take part in very active forums.

There are a very wide range of courses that you can do,
I am doing one about archaeology,
and I know I will do another course when this be is finished.
I just have to pick which subject I'm interested in next.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sleeping husband

Just for giggles
I am collecting together the photos of my husband
doing what he does best when he is home.
I really wish I had taken photos every time
this happened but will have to be content with adding to the new collection 


Please feel free to come over and have a look at 


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Missing my passion





As far back as I can remember I have been taking photos.
This photo (not that clear as its a photo of a photo)
was taken when I would have been about eight years old and I won a prize at the show with it.
What makes it even more special is not only did I take the photo but I developed the film as well.
I loved all parts of photography, the use of film, the setting up for the photo,
taking lots of time to make sure the angles and lighting were just right,
not wanting to waste to many shots because film was not easy for me to afford.
Then the magical part, taking the film into the dark room and watching the photos appear.
Don't get me wrong, I love digital technology which means you can snap away without any thought about the photo or wasting of costly film, but for me it took away, for a long time, the joy I had in the art of setting up and planning photos.
The photos I took with a small, cheap, little digital camera were of my children,
I had bought it when we travelled to a state swim championship and I realised I hadn't taken any photos for a long time and I felt it was important to document this moment.
The photos I took from then on were what I considered quick snaps,
used to document my girls lives and what they were doing.
I didn't take anything else, I couldn't really see the point in it all as now my life was about my children and letting them live their lives, there wasn't any time for me to be doing something so wasteful as taking photographs when there was always somewhere to be and something to do that was more important.
Then several years ago my eldest daughter, Heidi, was selected to travel and teach in Sierra Leone and we decided to give her a decent camera as her 18th birthday present so that she could record her trip.
(well it was actually for her 17th, but we explained that it was an early 18th present so she wasn't to expect anything special the following year for her actual 18th)
When she returned from Africa (with many photographs to show) I would take some time with her camera, taking it with me some days to have a go at taking photos again.
I had forgotten all I had learnt in the early days, couldn't remember how the settings worked
or even how to set up a shot.
But it was fun to be back with a camera in my hand, to just be able to go out there and snap away, knowing it wasn't going to cost me anything to just play around.
I had slowly over the past 12 months been rediscovering my joy with the camera,
but of course Heidi has taken her camera with her to Adelaide and I don't even have a fancy phone that has a decent camera on it so I'm stuck without a camera again (well I do have a ipad and I have been using that to take photos, but it's not exactly a camera)
One day I hope to own a good camera so I can continue to do what I love.