After nine years of being a “stay at home Mum” that all came to and end this past week. With both children now at school, it was time for me to take the plunge and dip my toes back into that workforce pool. I had weighed up all my options and gone for the one I thought to be most 'family friendly'. For my babies are still - and always will be - my number one priority. So I elected to do some casual replacement teaching. After issuing a few letters to schools, I was surprised to be quickly booked up in both one secondary and one primary school in the first full week back! While I knew I would be okay, it was the children I was worried about. I had to try and fit this in with minimal disruption. So on these two days I dropped them off half way to school so they could walk the rest of the way thus not arriving too early. Katie was to stay with Hugh until the music went and then he would take her to class. At the end of day he was to go to her classroom and together they would start walking home where I would soon be along to drive them home the remainder of the way. The first afternoon as I sat in the school traffic for what seemed like an endless time but was in fact five minutes, I looked up at the sky - school’s out so of course the heaven’s opened up! Racing along at the speed limit I came down the hill and saw the two of them - both had raincoasts on (good listening guys) and Hugh had an arm around Katie as an almighty thunder clap had just occured. I got closer expecting the worst but saw big smiles. Second afternoon as one child in my class that day took forever to leave, I once more raced along their path home to see both struggling up the hill with Katie sipping on Hugh’s water bottle. Once more - no arguing and just smiling faces. My heart just burst with pride on these two afternoons and I am so proud of all of us that we worked together to make this new transtion and routine such a successful one. Could not have done it without the amazing kids I have. I count my blessings!
Speaking of pride ... my girl got "Student of the Week"! YIKES! She was tickled! Not to mention her parents ;) She has done the most amazing job, slotting in, finding friends and LOVING school. As I was working on Friday I was unable to go to the assembly/presentation. So BIG THANK YOU to Jodie who took some photos for me and I felt I did not miss out too much.
Photo challenges this week.
Firstly my P52 - as I returned to work I had to dig out my old pencil case and thought this occasion momentus enough to warrant the shot for this week. Especially my favoured pen of choice "Ariel" so my girl would always be close!
PCF challenge this week I set as repetition. I saw some fabulous examples, dragged out all Hugh's goodies like marbles to arrange and take. I finally decided on his Yu-Gi-Oh cards and upped the saturation and light in Picasa for a bit of fun.
Develop on Fridays this week we had to shoot one thing from at least FIVE different angles. Consider and pay attention to what each angle "feels" like to you - and what it's saying about the subject. I chose to photography the Buddha statue in our back garden.
This week I want to explain why I love "The No.1. Ladies Detective Agency" books so much. I have tried others Alexander McCall Smith has written but could not get into them. So what do I find so compulsive about this series? These mysteries aren't the standard stuff of detective novels but rather mundane concerns by the standards of most mysteries. Much of the charm of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency lies in just this quality of ordinariness—the problems that ordinary people confront in the course of their everyday lives. There are several things that make The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency entrancing. There is Precious herself, who is human in her uncertainties and doubts and has a background and skills quite unlike any other fictional detective. There's the author's lively prose and his understated but effective humour. And there's the fascination of the setting — Gaborone and the Kalahari, witchcraft and crocodiles, and the rhythms of ordinary Botswanan life. I am addicted.
When I discovered the cookbook I thought to borrow it and have a look even though I HATE cooking LOL! Well what a book and recipes are not what this book is all about! It is a celebration of the series with favourite recipes of our ‘traditionally built’ heroine and her friends, accompanied by lavish photography with traditions and culture of Botswana included. I just did not realise how prominently food featured in the books and it was wonderful the way the excerpts bought it all together. The all time MUST have coffee table book!
I was really inspired by the photography of this book as well. I am guilty of striving for the 'perfect' shot and discarding anything with blur. The photos included here were colourful and captured so much ... I learnt much from it. If you are interested here is a link where a few pages can be found: LINK
Scrap pages this week, click on images for credits:
Firstly Oscraps goodies:
A great new kit from Dawn Inskip at Catscrap:
Finally what a treat! A collab with Ange and Fei Fei's Stuff! LOVE IT!
Have a wonderful week everyone!