Sunday, 4 October 2015

Waiting for Spring

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

Into October already - Kirihimete will be here before we know it, huh!?!

So, I know it's the school holidays around Aotearoa, but of course, we are still in full-swing with our mahi.

Here's a little of what we've been up to since I last wrote:

Plutarch quote by tamāhine 1
Tamāhine 1's windowpane watercolour with salt

The bulk of September I spent watching presentations on the Not Back to School Summit at HECOA.  That was such an experience!  There were so many great speakers.  Gosh, were they good! The summit was free and online.  It was made even more enriching because a friend and I would catch up with each other and ask what we liked about different speakers, and how positive we felt coming away from each presentation.  I'm still processing everything even now! LOL.

Tama 3 has a few projects on the go still. 

We all love how the pōtae is turning out!  Can't wait to see the finished product.

While doing some mathematics recently, we were talking about weights.  Within minutes tama 3 built:

Tamāhine 1, tama 2 and I are reading:

We've just read about John Howland surviving during the fierce storm and stowaway - Elder Brewster - has come out of hiding on the ship,  {Speaking of Elder Brewster, we found it interesting the names of his children.  Some of the names that spring to mind are Patience, Fear, Love, and Wrestling.}  I found this website about the Mayflower.  This particular site was initially a text-only Mayflower passenger list but then developed over time to what it is today.  Definitely a good find! I have really enjoyed clicking on different passenger names to learn their background.  Really fascinating and helpful to know the characters in the book just that little bit more.

Tamāhine 1 and I have also finished the above.  That was an interesting story.  Karana (the name given by the author) was alone on the island from 1835 to 1853 and is actually known in history as The Lost Woman of San Nicolas.  This website explains a few things - the main thing being why no-one learned enough about her.  According to some records, after being rescued, she came down with dysentery because of the change in diet and died six or seven weeks later.  How sad! That means all the people of Ghalas-at perished: a lot of the menfolk when the Aleuts came and then the rest of the tribe who went off on the ship (which Karana is said to have jumped off to return to the island). They never made it to their destination.  Their ship sunk. :(  So, Karana was the only one left and she dies after being rescued herself.

On Friday afternoon, tamāhine 1 and I relaxed in the lounge and watched the movie (it's just over an hour and a half long):

Click on image to watch the movie
This week we mourned the end of Backbenches.  We sure hope it returns next year, whether with Prime or maybe it'll get a new home?  Tama 1 definitely doesn't want to see it end.  There's very little "real" TV we watch, so if Backbenches doesn't return we might have to take a visit some politicians.

I've hardly touched on what we've all been doing but I'll leave it there for now.  I'll try to be better organised and write more in a few days.

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