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Phillipians 4:4-8

For with Thee is the fountain of life; in Thy light shall we see light. Psalm 36:9

Holiday links

Posted by Jeanne

Don't mind me. These are just some links to things that I want to remember for my holiday, so I'm posting them here.

The most beautiful lane in Kyoto

Food in the Lake District

Exploring London

Japanese literature

What would be on your unmissable list for a visit to UK, France and Japan?


Coming to the end

Posted by Jeanne

Today is the first day of the last week of AO7 term 2. By the end of this week we will have finished:

::The Pursuit of God

:: The Brendan Voyage

:: A Taste of Chaucer

:: Twain's Joan of Arc

:: In Freedom's Cause

:: Ivanhoe

:: The Daughter of Time

:: The Sword in the Stone

:: The Return of the Word Spy (Australian grammar)

:: Tennyson's Idylls of the King (Epic poetry from this term's poet)

:: How Did We Find about About Black Holes? by Isaac Asimov (CM science)

:: The Thunder: A Novel on John Knox by Douglas Bond (for our trip)

:: The Von Trapp Family Singers (AO6)

:: Consider This by Karen Glass (for the second time) (CM education)

:: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Free read)

:: How Sleep the Brave! by J. H. Hunter (for our trip)

:: The Radium Woman by Doorly (CM science)

:: Ten Fingers for God by Paul Brand (as an adjunct to Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. Also CM Science.)

Eighteen climactic endings! What a week! I tried to find a clever collective noun for climactic endings, but I had no success. Bliss works for me.

Are you finishing any books this week? What are you looking forward to reading next?

(My friend, Jacqueline suggested I label the books that are not on the AO7 list, so I've done that. The books without brackets are from the regular AO7 Booklist.)




Posted by Jeanne

I'm sorry I have been absent without leave. I have been busy. Ahem.

:: We launched AO's science for Years 6 and 7 yesterday. It has been a labour of love, but I am over-the-moon-excited. Do please have a look and tell me what you think. Of course, it is all new, and untried. No doubt there will be problems that need to be ironed out, but at least it is a start.

:: I have started a new crochet project. The yarn is two ply, and it is as fine as cotton, done on a 3mm needle. It has just about brought me to my knees. Already.

:: Our speeded-up AO7 Term 2 finishes next week. We are going too quickly, and taking too long and my daughter is persecuting me, but I say short term pain; long term gain. She...doesn't. We have finished Henty's In Freedom's Cause, and have six more chapters of Ivanhoe. We're halfway through The Daughter of Time. We should have all those finished by next Friday. We are running behind on How the Heather Looks, but I really want to read this before we reach England, so I may need to take it with me. I'm busy loading my kindle - what else would you take?

:: In less than a fortnight I shall be in Ambleside with Karen. What would you like us to photograph while we're there? I haven't started packing - I always do that at the last moment, but I am washing everything that is not being worn. My family needs to ask permission of me before getting dressed in the morning. The neatly stacked piles of freshly ironed clothes are most satisfying.

:: My church is planning a mission trip to Kobe in Japan, and Jemimah and I have put up our hands to go. We meet on Saturday night, so I have been pricing aeroplane tickets, and train passes, and even boats. It is strange planning a trip to Japan in December/January when we will be there in a few weeks.

:: We have had lots of business meetings. We have terrific staff, but 10 weeks is a long time to be away. I hope we have covered everything. Leaving our business has been the most time consuming of all, I think.

:: We leave home next Friday night. One week. This blog will shortly become a travel log. I hope that is okay. You have been warned. Heh.




Posted by Jeanne

Our weekend started last night. Hubby had some (truly minor) medical procedures early this morning, and we had to be in Bendigo far earlier than is polite. Still, a long weekend has its own rewards, so we're happy.

Do you look forward to the weekends? I do. I love the more relaxed pace of our days, and I love having the three of us together for hours on end. Here's what I'm especially looking forward to this weekend:

:: Seeing the Australian Ballet performing Imperial Suite at the Art Centre on Saturday night, preceded by dinner at the Cafe Vic. Subscribing to the ballet season is one of the best things that we do together as a family. We all love it.

:: Finishing my book, Births, Deaths and Marriages by Georgia Blain. A memoir by the daughter of Ellis Blain and Anne Deveson, both icons of Australian journalism, and both part of my childhood, I feel sort of voyeuristic reading about what went on behind their closed front door, but it is actually a real good read, and I am enjoying it.

:: Doing a little bit of shopping for our trip. Only 16 sleeps to go. Can you believe it? We also need to purchase a gift for F-i-L's 80th birthday. Any ideas?

:: Having my hubby pain-free and happy.

:: Coffee, Thai food, lunch at my mum's, Sunday Worship, champagne - all the simple things that make weekends special.

Hope your weekend is just as good. What's on with you and yours?



Physics books in order

Posted by Jeanne

Sometimes I use my blog so I don't forget stuff. This is what this post is.

I have been really pleased with the way our physics books have worked, one leading into the other; knowledge building on knowledge. Here are the books we've used, in the order we've read them, just so I don't forget. Please notice that some of the books are not physics books, but they are useful in the next stage of physics study, so you sort of need them to move to the next level.

I'll try to write more about some of these books later, but at least I have them written down now. Maybe they'll be useful to some of you, too.

Just one more thing. Only the first two of these are official AO books. I take the blame for the others.


Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity by Robert Cwiklik - Physics

Secrets of the Universe: Discovering the Universal Laws of Science by Paul Fleisher - Physics

The Mystery of the Periodic Table by Benjamin D. Wiker - Chemistry

Who Made the Moon? A Father Explores How Science and Faith Agree by Sigmund Brouwer -Christian old earth creation

The Search for Planet X by Tony Simon



The Wonder of Light: A Picture Story of How and Why We See by Hyman Ruchlis.

A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking -Cosmology and Space

How Did We Find Out About Black Holes? By Isaac Asimov - Astrophysics and Space




Longtime Passing

Posted by Jeanne

Teddy Truelove is one of my childhood friends, as real to me as the girls who lived down the street, only perhaps more so, because I could read about Teddy over and over again. She lived with her family in the remote Candlebark forests of the Blue Moutains of New South Wales in a hut that her father, Edwin, hewed from bark slabs for his wife and children, cutting the logs from the forest that surrounded them and provided their livelihood. Teddy's father has settled in Longtime with his brothers, Merlin, Sean and Vance, because doctors have told him that only the fresh mountain air will keep his beloved daughter, Teddy's elder sister, alive. It is a life of hardships, of failed orange orchards, bushfire, and the Depression, but for Teddy and her siblings, it is also a life filled with freedom, adventure, and fun. Family are always present - the uncles woo their girlfriends, the aunts helping to manage the household.

Children and older folk, too, when they planted the freshly turned earth, somehow planted themselves. So that always and forever, wherever they went, whatever season it might be, whatever the time of day, those roots would draw them back... This was Longtime as I remember it. This was the country of my childhood.

Lettie, Teddy's mother, ‘felt as though she and the children were the only inhabitants of a lost world’. Born to a life of leisure in the genteel suburbs of Sydney, she dedicates herself to supporting her husband and raising and educating her children as best she can, disappearing at night into endless re-readings of Pride and Prejudice.

Longtime Passing tells the history of the early Australian explorers and the problems they encounter 'going west', through the seemingly impenetrable barrier of the Great Dividing Range. It talks of the convict labourers, the struggles of the first settlers - and, of course, the Aborigines. Brinsmead is sometimes criticised for telling what is probably a fictional story of the ritual sacrifice of a young aboriginal woman who leads white man across the mountains, but Longtime Passing also deals sensitively with the aborigines and their cultural heritage and spiritual beliefs.

Teddy seems real, because she almost is. Longtime Passing is the only slightly fictionalised story of Brinsmead's own childhood. It is the first of three books in the Longtime trilogy, along with Longtime Dreaming, the memoir of Brinsmead's father, and the delightful Christmas at Longtime. They're out of print, but easily available through my friend Abe. We read them in AO7. You should too.



Weekend culture

Posted by Jeanne

There is something special about weekend, isn't there? Even though we follow a fairly relaxed schedule during the week, Saturday is the only morning I feel free to lounge around.  Which is why I'm still in bed at 9.15 am.  Noice.  Jemimah and her bestie are still in bed too, but there is dance music emanating from the darkness, so I know they're alive.  Hubby, as usual, is up and dressed and working on his laptop in the living room.  I don't complain about that though, because when he's up, the Tea Fairy is working, and that is a very good thing.  I am so spoilt.

We're gorging on culture this weekend.  We're off to the Aztecs exhibition at Museum Victoria this afternoon after swimming lessons to learn a bit about Latin America and the Aztecs, and have a think about the Spanish Conquests. There are some similarities (and differences) between these and our Australian Indigenous history, and I wonder whether the exhibition will highlight this. I'm guessing so.  I am excited to learn more about Cortes and Montezuma because all I know about Latin America I learned through AO, and through this video, which we watched in preparation during the week:

I was interested to realise that the height of Aztec culture was the 1300s - exactly where we're up to in our study of the Middle Ages. Tenochtitlan was apparently bigger that any city in Europe during that time. Perhaps Jemimah will see this link as she adds something to her Book of Centuries.  Otherwise, I might just need to nonchalantly mention something.  Heh heh.

As if that's not enough for any girl, tonight we have tickets to Chroma danced by the Australian Ballet.  It's a triple bill, with a range from pieces set to Tchaikovsky and Mozart right through to Wayne McGregor's post-modern Chroma itself.  I am more of a fan of contemporary ballet now that Jemimah is studying it, because she makes me appreciate the skill that goes into things that appear effortless, but this ballet seems a little bit scary! Let's see what she says about it. Don't you love it when your kids start to teach you stuff? I get dumber every year, it seems, while she is definitely getting smarter.

If that's still not enough, we also have a reservation for dinner out at a favourite Japanese restaurant tonight, but I'm not going to talk much more about that because I've already acknowledged that I'm spoilt once in this post, and well, I am.

Are you doing anything cultural this weekend? Do you like contemporary ballet? Is there an interesting exhibition on at your local museum or gallery?  Are you spoilt too?  Talk to me!

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