Friday, September 30, 2016

oNe PhOtO a DaY sEpTeMbEr 2016


THURSDAY 1st ART: the stunningly simple and instantly recognisable art of Leunig

FRIDAY 2nd SOMETHING: We are now sure we are going to leave Bhutan at the end of this year and something I know I will miss is the ever-present prayer flags. So now I'm stock piling and I don't know anyone who wouldn't enjoy receiving a string of them big small or otherwise

SATURDAY 3rd WARM: A non-school day for me but not so for Ian and I got warm toast with miso, organic tomatoes and parsley for breakfast in bed. Warms my heart and motivated me to get up and finish my exam writing

SUNDAY 4th MUSIC: The gigantic prayer wheels at lhakhangs all have a stick to strike the bell hung above as they turn and on weekends or auspicious days the lhakhang resounds with the music of temple bells as the devotees circumambulate

MONDAY 5th GIVE: Today I was given this extra task, to write all the second place certificates from the Senior School Athletics Competition so that we can give them out when we hold the Junior Sports Day on Saturday

SECOND CHOICE (one day later) MONDAY 5th GIVE: Bragging rights. My students struggle with poetry analysis and I tried to select a poem that was fun and challenge them whilst also proving that they can do this. It gives me such a thrill that given the open-ended nature of the final question one of them chose me and wrote such a nice comment. It's not every day that students are thankful or appreciative. Made my day Samphel Kinga

TUESDAY 6th CRAVING: 7 weeks into the long final term and I'm craving a good long adventurous holiday but I'll take the 10 day break in early October while planning next year's three month jaunt

WEDNESDAY 7th THE LITTLE THINGS: On Wednesday I eat lunch with Class VIA and as soon as they have finished chanting prayers there is a rush to the teacher’s desk to share their lunches. We have an arrangement that I will only take a little of theirs if they will take a little of mine. This is the state of my tiffin after today's swaps. It's their little acts of kindness and willingness to share with me and each other that make these little people such a delight

THURSDAY 8th READING: Letter writing is an essential and examined part of the curriculum here and after pen-pals in America last term, this term writing responses to each other has proved to be the motivator. Class VIA got a big kick out of playing parent when they answered classmate’s letters and they were enthralled reading their individual replies today

FRIDAY 9TH CIRCLE: The first thing that came to mind was the Wheel of Dharma which is always painted on lhakhang doors here. I love the symmetry of the design and the underlying meaning of the connectedness of the universe and the cycle of life

SATURDAY 10th BLACK & WHITE: On Thursday I bought new sports shoes for Sports Day and beyond. They got their first airing today and they just happen to be black & white with a splash of orange of course

SUNDAY 11th YUM: Sunday breakfast is always yum. Today was no exception

MONDAY 12th PRETTY: I tend to do bold or bright or traditional or ethnic. I'm not really a pretty kind of person but I do think these handmade Japanese paper and lacquer chopstick rests qualify as pretty and they are an item we use everyday

TUESDAY 13th MOTTO: this motto has worked for me before but I'm struggling with it right now. I guess it's more of a mantra than a motto but it's my daily battle

WEDNESDAY 14th FOLD: Another lasting legacy from Japan. Never be without origami paper even if the only thing you can fold is a paper crane. I have taught every class I've ever had how to fold them too

THURSDAY 15th YES: Class 6A were keen to participate, broken fingers and all, in our interpretation of "yes" today. They get the big thumbs up from me everyday. They are such a sweet, cooperative, motivated and considerate group

FRIDAY 16th SAFE: This is one of the emergency exits at school. I have raised my concerns about how safe it is to lock it closed in a basement area and several other staff have agreed but this is still the situation

SATURDAY 17th DANCING: Today is a Hindu celebration -Busukarma Day. It involves blessing and giving thanks for machines: cars and other vehicles are decorated and construction workers are blaring (or blasting as they like to say here) loud music and dancing

SUNDAY 18th PEACE: We were up above Thimphu on the Phadjoding trail today flying prayer flags to bless the life of newly arrived Elijah Gregory Harris with peace and prosperity

MONDAY 19th TIME FOR....: dinner and a drink after a long busy day at school and a session in the pool

TUESDAY 20th WRINKLES: I have plenty but I see them as laugh lines and they are even more prominent when I smile

Wednesday 21st OOPS....: these delicious looking (tasting) Indian deserts arrived on my desk this morning and I had every intention of taking them all home to share with Ian and our houseguest. Oops one of them just didn't make it....I couldn't resist the temptation at lunch time. Oops  I also thanked the wrong person for them, not realising who actually left them for me

THURSDAY 22nd SQUARE: Rubic's cube the iconic game of squares is currently very much in fashion at my school. So among the jumble of things you definitely need on your desk in class 6 is the classic game of squares

FRIDAY 23rd MACRO: This is a tiny section of a huge outdoor fresco at Tango Monastery where we hiked to today to celebrate Blessed Rainy Day

SATURDAY 24th DIRTY: How do you buy your potatoes? Clean or dirty? We don't really have a preference and usually alternate but we do buy organic, locally grown at the Centennial Farmers' Market here in Thimphu

SUNDAY 25th WHAT'S INSIDE: I have something of an addiction to cane-ware of all kinds and these locally-made Bhutanese containers are used for carrying packed hot lunches and storage of food but I put all kinds of different things inside them. These are gifts for our return to Australia and what's inside? ...... well more small gifts to carry home actually  

MONDAY 26th FREE: as a bird and Bhutan has an abundance of rare and endangered species to admire. All archive shots but all wild and free and taken by me

TUESDAY 27th CREATE: Most of what I create is culinary in nature and today was no exception. Tomorrow's lunch and Japanese snacks for the class X students staying for supervised study at the end of the day. Now packaged to go with chocolate cake

WEDNESDAY 28th THE SEASON: It can't seem to make up its mind what season it is here at the moment. Grey skies and torrential rain one minute and blue skies and sunshine the next. The season is definitely changing. Hopefully the monsoon is a thing of the past and the hint of autumn in the air persists

THURSDAY 29th STOP: This tractor's trailer has been parked near our house for almost a week since it broke down right there. The stop sign painted on the tailgate is a permanent fixture while it's the willow twig that is supposed to warn drivers of its current immobile state

FRIDAY 30th GO: At school you don't get to go home until after evening prayers and today I thought the skies might even indicate that the monsoon is over and we no longer have to think rain rain go away. I am now gone 2 weeks holiday starts now

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