May 3, 2013 § Leave a comment
Though the photo doesn’t really show it, it really began to rain one lunch break.
Like really rain.
Technically we weren’t there in the wet season but it didn’t stop this from rolling in. After about 1 minute of absolute downpour I lost most of my hearing, and after 15 minutes you couldn’t see the ground. After 30 minutes the roads were rivers and after an hour and a half with no break, the water downstairs would have been close to my waist.. Not that the cows cared. And by the it way turns out chickens are great swimmers.
About 20 minutes before class was about to re-start the rain stopped and the sun came back out. Another half an hour and the water abated enough that, if I stayed in the middle of the road on my bike, I could stay half dry. Unfortunately for me I couldn’t see any of the pot holes and so ended up saturated anyway and walking my bike to the orphanage. I’m not going to lie, as the water was so muddy and I couldn’t see my feet, I was having pretty vivid memories of the massive snake we saw in the orphanage driveway a few days ago swimming through the water – the one Sister Borin eloquently told me would ‘make me die’ if I got too close.
Even more unfortunate for Zoe, who was at on the other, lower side of town before the rain started, she was standard at the servo. Even her bike couldn’t get through the flooded town for another hour or so.
I know understand why the kids say they don’t go to school in the wet season.
As I was attempting to make my way back to the kids I noticed a lot of the locals coming outside, lining the streets and casting massive nets into the water on the road. They looked stoked but I had no idea what they were doing until I finally made it to the orphanage where all the kids were balancing on the fence on the look out for me. Charli Da jumped down and called out to me, ‘Teacher teacher! What’s this?’ Putting his hand straight into a puddle he pulled out a mud crab, no wonder everyone looked so happy.
After this, the word crab featured in nearly every single comprehension question Charli Da wrote.
January 11, 2013 § Leave a comment
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January 5, 2013 § 1 Comment
The southern Australian coastline is extremely beautiful and we took a trip down there a year or two ago with some old family friends (see feather man). The Great Ocean Road curves along the coast line – often on very sheer cliffs and hairpin turns, for 234km from Torquay to Warrnambool. I’ve been along that road a few times before as a scenic option returning from South Australia; however this time we decided to spend a little more time exploring and checked out the Otway Ranges. We stayed in Apollo Bay which gave us easy access to the rainforest and the other sights along the coast. Everything about the coast is so beautiful and the National Park is breathtaking. There is a lot of history around the area too with shipwrecks, light houses and all sorts of memorabilia. All in all the region is a definite stopping point if you are down that way.
December 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
This project was done a couple of years ago but it’s still one of my favourites. The brief was to design an experimental book that explored a specific community that you are involved in and I chose McIver’s Ladies Baths. I first visited the baths in the summer just after I moved out of college and into Coogee. I read in a community newsletter about the baths and as much as Coogee beach is great, over summer the amount of backpackers and other visitors isn’t always the most enticing scene so a friend of mine and I decided to check them out. As soon as we paid our 20c entrance fee we knew we’d found gold; a large rock formed pool, grass and trees as well as rocks for sun baking, showers, toilets and absolutely no men. It began what became a summer ritual for us, in the mornings with paper and coffee in hand. She features in the middle spread of the book, as do a lot of my other friends, all of whom I took to the baths when they visited me. The baths themselves are really interesting, beginning as a sacred space for the local aboriginal women, they were also the bathing area for the local nunnery before they formally became the McIver’s Ladies Baths after the baths construction in 1876. It is the last remaining women’s only seawater pool in Australia and has been granted as an exemption from the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Act in 1995 – much to the dismay of many of the local men. If for what ever reason you do go to Coogee – and your female – walk up to the south end of the beach, past the park, and you’ll see the colourbond gates for the baths – remember 20c entry to keep the baths running!