AKA Gonski in Sixty Seconds. Education funding is up in the air again. Despite endorsing the Gonski Report recommendations, Minister Pyne (and the Liberal Coalition Government) has reneged on the deals the States signed with The Commonwealth before the election. Why is it that politicians feel they can berate and harass teachers, yet deny them the funding they need to continue to teach effectively and creatively???
It is a good thing that I am not wasting my energy on being cross about things I can't change. This time last year my depression was starting to affect me very severely. I am so aware this year of taking care of myself: I'm saying no if I have to, and I realise deadlines are not my friend!!! I think I should be making things all year in preparation for the Christmas rush, but in fact I am making things for me and for birthdays and Easter and other things through the year. It is an unreasonable expectation and so I am not considering it at all this year. 'Should' is my enemy.
We had a walk in two parts today. Peri and Gilly had a walk by themselves and we were just driving up the hill when Rafa and his dad drove down towards the dam. The Labradors started squeaking and crying and I could hear Rafa whining so I did a U-turn around and went back and they had another turn about the park together. Peri and Gilly were quite tired and had a nap together in the sun. There were ants to be investigated too.
I made some shopping bags for the lovely nurses at Leukaemia Support Group. They have both been especially helpful this year. I bought a great new pattern from Michelle Patterns, which has a special trick for the gusset and excellent handles. The bags are lined and double stitched and very strong. I made the middle size. I added a loop of elastic between the handles on one side, so the check out person can loop it over their bag stand and the bag can be folded, rolled up and secured with the elastic too. I met Charley The Labrador's Nurse mum in The BSODL (tm) as I was buying the Christmas Dog material, and she said it was very cute. Since I was buying it for her I was very pleased. The other nurse celebrates the more religious side of Christmas and I didn't think it appropriate to put Baby Jesus on a shopping bag so I used some cute pink-spot-with-ladybird material.
I also made some easy gingerbread snowflakes and piped on some poor Royal icing decorations.
We had our LSG Christmas break up BBQ today. There was a great turn out and we used the new BBQ area and furniture. Everyone brought a salad or a dessert and there was a wonderful selection. It was quite hot and I had to walk quite a way because there was no parking. I came home and had a long sleep.
MrsDrWho and I went to the cinema on Sunday to watch the Fiftieth Anniversary episode of Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor in 3D (Spoilers). We had great seats with a giant space in front of us so no-one could block out our short person's view. It was a fabulous episode and I enjoyed every minute. I did feel that newer fans didn't understand all the references and jokes, but I had a perfectly wonderful time. It was a nice change to be part of such a well behaved audience, with proper cinema manners. I think Doctor Who fans are quite polite!! And now, enjoy once more my Doctor Who ZippyUppy Cardigan which I no longer wear as it is too short and totally the wrong shape for me. Maybe I should make it into a cushion?????
Gilly loves the new decking and will stand, dance and leap about on it. I am glad it isn't high up, because she stands right on the edge.
Peri is ever hopeful that when she sees me I come laden with treats. Sadly, this is not true, so she has to be satisfied with a cuddle and a pat.
Tomorrow The GardyGardeners will be here. It has rained the last two Wednesdays and Gilly has spent a long time looking out the front window and sitting at the front door with her head tilted in anticipation. We are having gingerbread snowflakes for Morning Tea.
On Thursday there will be a general finishing off of BOM 2013 quilt blocks and then we will square them up to 12 1/2 inches. It is very exciting to have finished my twenty blocks. They will be put away till next year when I will join them together. Meanwhile MrsDrWho and I are making a Mine Creeper quilt for her nephew. Wish us luck, we need all the luck we can get!!!