Lots and lots of photos of a perfect end of the summer trip to Hastings with my friend Chinmoyee. The sky really was this blue! There was lots of time for browsing in the second hand shops and a few little things came home with us. We had a lovely cafe lunch and a short walk on the beach. I took quite a few pictures of signs this time. I love Hastings, nearly as much as Dungeness! I am back at school now-the third week already, and also have lots of cat sitting. I have been painting and doll making, but neglecting the garden and the decorating I was planning. Oh well, there is only so much time in a day! No more writing in this post, just summery pictures to scroll through if you fancy.
Monday, 6 August 2018
I planted these three months ago. I love them! They are so happy and so big! I had a few dicey moments when it was windy and rainy the other weekend, but bamboo stakes came to the rescue, and they survived.
The colours are like food for the eyes. The bees love them.
The buds have a beautiful structure that reminds me of a Russian church dome.
I love the view of the roofs over the shingle bank.
Moth man in the distance.
The nuclear power station. I like the red chimneys against the green building.
Pylons with personality.
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Yesterday I was in the nursery in the morning. In amongst all the seeming chaos of new children who are like babies compared to the older ones, an assembly practice in the hall and lots of ball related arguments, I noticed one of the boys trying to squash a bee that was resting on some blue fabric. I had seen it there earlier and it had been there quite a while. I rushed over to stop him from killing it, and explained that it was just having a rest and that he should just watch it to see what it did. We watched for a little while, then I remembered the sugar water thing-where you can revive a poorly bee by giving it a little. In the meanwhile, another child had become interested, and he went inside to ask an adult to get me some of the sugar water. I put a little on my finger and the bee had a drink. It then crawled onto my finger. A girl had also become interested in the bee. The two boys went off to play with balls, and the girl follwed me into the garden. We put the bee on a Jasmine flower. It fell off though, so I gave it some more of the water. The girl was so interested and concerned for the bee. After a little while I put it down near some flowers. It sat for a moment, then flew off! We were both so excited! It is these little moments that I love about teaching. They can happen in any age group and any setting, and, although they can contribute to the never ending assessment of children, they are more important than that. They are the moments that are remembered as a shared experience which emotionally affects all involved as human beings. They can't be planned for, though they can be helped by good provision. I was telling the nursery teacher what happened this morning, and she asked whether I got any pictures. No! If I had left the situation to get an iPad or ask another adult for one, the moment would be gone. The pictures are in my mind though and, hopefully in the minds of the children involved.
Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Verbena Bonariensis. I love the structure of this plant, and as it is so tall it has the blue background of the sky each day and looks beautiful. It has square prickly stems which are quite raspy on your skin. Some has self-seeded in the concrete where I took the decking up. I should probably pull it up but I am leaving it for now.
Monday, 11 June 2018
More catching up...
Cat seen on the way to a cat sitting visit.
Peter Rabbit's head. He is complete now, but I have no pictures yet.
Beautiful green tiles on the way down the stairs from another cat visit.
Hanuman on the beach, as part of an ever growing sculpture.