THE PROMPTS FOR THE MONTH
FRIDAY 1st YELLOW: It's been a tough week. I should have got this lovely yellow book out and dipped into its pages earlier
SATURDAY 2nd LOOKING DOWN: on my favourite winter weather dinner - roasted veggies straight out of the oven
SUNDAY 3rd STARTS WITH A: Asparagus - in season and organic at the Centennial Farmers Market in Thimphu today
MONDAY 4th COOL: These former students have all the moves and are way cool. We saw them perform in the Clock Tower Square twice on the weekend for the launch of 4G mobile services in Thimphu
TUESDAY 5th THANK YOU: One way of saying "Thank you" in a school community is to display the efforts, achievements and memorable moments of many on the noticeboard for all to see
WEDNESDAY 6th A BUILDING: Not just a building but THE most iconic building in all Bhutan. Tiger's Nest is the number one tourist attraction and a spectacularly impressive structure clinging to the rock face. It is a challenging and somewhat daunting walk to get there but the views and building more than reward your efforts
THURSDAY 7th I SAT HERE: in the comfy seat for 20 minutes or so just playing on my phone before the reality of research to do and lessons to prep once again took over my entire evening. Luckily Ian cooks dinner most nights or I wouldn't even eat. Teaching in a nutshell
FRIDAY 8th PAIR: The Druk School logo consists of a pair of dragons and is emblazoned on many school items including the wall of the playground where I captured this shot at lunch time. Druk means dragon by the way
SATURDAY 9th I FOUND THIS: Between the parent -teacher interviews for class X students this morning at school, I found the time, energy, inspiration and resources to make these ‘manipulatives’ to teach the "Kindle the Flame" community adult literacy class tomorrow (Yes that is Sunday) making our usual 5 and a half day working week a 6 and a half day one this week!!!! Lucky it's not every week!
SUNDAY 10th FRAGRANT: incense
MONDAY 11th NATURAL: A sun halo is a natural phenomenon I have only ever seen here in Bhutan though I know they occur elsewhere. They are incredibly auspicious and I love this shot taken outside my classroom door in Samtengang in 2014
TUESDAY 12th HOLE: Lately this delicious breakfast treat with the hole in the middle has become our favourite breakfast. We can justify our growing addiction knowing that "Big Bakery" is one of the few sheltered employment options for people with disabilities in this kingdom.
WEDNESDAY 13th CARD: I love to buy real greeting cards preferably handmade and especially when we travel. It encourages me to write on them and send them snail mail or give them away. This is part of the current collection spanning Tanzania, Vietnam, Australia and Bhutan of course
THURSDAY 14th FRESH: The fresh young faces of some of my class 6 students checking out photos of their American pen pals in Nebraska today in English period. Thanks to budding photographer Toffy for taking the shot on my phone
FRIDAY 15th A LOGO: Smateria logo
is simple and effective. It is a small community based group from Cambodia and also the products are made from recycled materials. My up cycled phone case made from mosquito nets among other things
SATURDAY 16th GLASS: In the spirit of Dry July we decided to attempt Arid April so the glass is full of trail mix I made this morning to take to the Rhododendron Festival. Cheers...
SUNDAY 17th HOME MADE: mushroom, asparagus, spinach and tomato frittata for our lunch boxes this week. Perfect Sunday night chore and a brilliant match with roasted veggie salad that has recently become a staple
MONDAY 18th OPEN: We went to the rhododendron festival on Saturday and despite seeing plenty of trees in bloom on the way there, this tiny specimen was one of the few flowers that was actually open in the gardens. It was about the size of my thumbnail. I had no idea there were so many varieties or that they could be so tiny
TUESDAY 19th MY CITY: I have had the privilege to call very many places in different countries home but it still seems the greatest blessing to be able to call Thimphu "my city". Move over Adelaide, Taiyuan, Hiroshima, Changzhou, Xiaguan, Nakhon Pathon, and Arusha, Thimphu is it for the time being ...
WEDNESDAY 20th ENTRANCE: Now that the lock and hasp for this little door to the water powered prayer wheel has gone west, the entrance door flaps open and bangs in the breeze. Our local environs are full of such lovely treasures waiting to be discovered on our after school walks
THURSDAY 21st CUT: we have recently discovered that many salad greens and lettuces can be cut and will regrow fresh leaves if placed in water making a simple kitchen window garden
FRIDAY 22nd EARTH: an archive shot as I have been trapped indoors all day. The earthly delights of an outdoor bath heated with hot stones from the fireplace. Squeals of fun and laughter filled the air as we approached this farmhouse near Bartsham in Trashigang
SATURDAY 23rd ARROW: The national game of Bhutan is archery and it is played with both compound and traditional bamboo bows. This is after the senior boys high school competition and the scoring arrows are all lined up against the target
SUNDAY 24th MY FAVOURITE FOOD: I have a lot of favourite foods but when my Bhutanese fave (momos) wasn't available downtown today I was inspired to come home and make my fave Japanese Food instead. Whatever is difficult to acquire seems to become my fave food....
MONDAY 25th OUT OF THE BOX: We have had this HD pocket projector for several years now and it has been in and out of the box a zillion times and survived journeys in our luggage across Asia and to Africa because of the best packaging and the original box. It was brought for classroom use but it has also proved to be a real boon for home entertainment too. It is photographed with the phone to show just how compact and convenient it is.
TUESDAY 26th THE SKY: Intense colours as the sky finally gives the season a chance to shine. No more winter grey skies here in Thimphu
WEDNESDAY 27th MESSY: I don't really do messy. I'm pretty good at keeping it tidy and lucky for me Ian is good at keeping it clean so it works well as a combo. The pinup board I made from a shopping bag and the cardboard from our new fridge in 2014 is about as close as it gets to messy. Lots of additions and no subtractions
THURSDAY 28th SEASON: It can't really make up its mind what season it is here currently. It's cool in the mornings, bright and sunny in the early afternoon and often wet later. I have used all these accessories today. The umbrella for both sun protection during the concert practice on the grounds and rain protection walking home!! The monsoon is on its way
FRIDAY 29th MAN MADE: These awesome structures called "Dzongs" are centuries old, located in incredibly precipitous locations and scattered all over Bhutan; - the defence fortresses of ancient times still functioning as monastic and administrative centres today. This is one of my favourites the Trashigang District Dzong
SATURDAY 30th BOOK: This is just about my all time favourite children's book. I have left copies in several countries and schools and love introducing it to children with no experience of Japanese culture and teaching them how to make cranes. My first ever home class in Bhutan was the first group of Bhutanese students to send a thousand paper cranes to Japan and got a letter from the major to prove it