The Week That Was…

Holidays…farewell my dear friends. All good things must come to an end. Back to work next Tuesday after a long weekend for the Queen’s birthday – thank you very much Lizzie! It’s all good though, only 9 weeks until the holidays…the BIG holidays. Say no more.


Joke of the week:


The sacrifices we makes as parents. I took my 13 year old son to see this (at his request – he was a big fan of Chapter One):

I haven’t been that stressed since 1994 when I watched the original ten minutes after reading the book. I like how they retained the original themes of friendship, solidarity, and facing off with your fears. And the cameo by Stephen King was a nice a touch! But yeah, far out, it was scary!


Book of the Week:

It’s a tie this week. I have this one:

And this one:


TV of the week:

I finally finished this. So good and very clever!

I also watched this:

A one season short series based on the novel by Colleen Hoover of the same name. I really enjoyed the novel when I read it several years ago and it was good to revisit the story through this TV series. I loved the art in the show. Divine!


Beautiful photo of the week:

Turtles all the way!

Some of these kind of look like pieces of pumpkin though…


Holiday Cooking:

Not something that usually characterises my holidays, but we were given a haul of homegrown over-ripe tomatoes and instead of making my usual pasta sauce, I made tomato relish instead. Tasting it hot, it seemed rather sweet and a bit too chilli for my liking. The next day, cold and paired with other food, it was actually quite delicious. Lucky! I have a lot of it to get through.


What I’m reading right now:


Until next week…😊📚☕

6 thoughts on “The Week That Was…

  1. Yum, homemade tomato relish is The Best.
    One of my favourite stories about my father comes from the time he visited me after I’d been dealing with the glut of tomatoes from our vegie patch. This was the year I had actually studied, and passed with honours, at *two* universities, neither of them aware of the other. (Obviously I couldn’t get away with that these days, eh?)
    But my dear old dad, looking at the jars and jars of tomatoes on the bench, ‘Ooh, aren’t you clever!’ That’s what impressed him!!

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      • Only part-time. I had graduated as a primary teacher with a diploma and was working full time but they had this crazy rule that you couldn’t get paid the full rate (or get promoted) until you’d upgraded it to a degree. But you couldn’t start doing that at teachers’ college until you had a year’s experience, and part-time that meant three years away (if I did two subjects per year). Well, I had a mortgage, and school fees, and a house I was renovating, and I wanted to be paid what I was worth, so I started at university the year after graduation and then added in the teachers’ college subjects for the upgrade (by correspondence) to a degree at the end of that year. And you know how quick I am at reading, it just wasn’t that hard to do.
        LOL It was a bit more difficult than preserving tomatoes…

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      • Good for you! But what a juggle!!
        There are still rules like that in education. I’m currently not being paid my full rate because I don’t have a first aid qualification. I’ve finally put my name down for the next free course offered through the school, but it bothers me that I have to give up my free time to do this. It will be useful to have, but I resent my pay being dependent upon having it.


      • I think there is a case for having certain types of promotion being tied to qualifications, especially in teaching, where, after all, we’re supposed to think that education is important for everyone else, so we ought to think it’s important for ourselves as well. I also think that there ought to be rewards for self-education. But I think that an entry level salary ought to be commensurate with the entry level qualifications, and I think that if a first-aid qualification is deemed essential then the school or the system should provide the time and the money for staff to do it. We did, at my school, for our ancillary staff.

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      • For the last few years staff have been expected to give up a Saturday for it which just wasn’t going to happen with me. I have too many Saturday commitments with three children. They’ve changed now to several hours tacked onto the end of a work day. Still not ideal, but we are a school and there is the need to be available to students during our working day, so this is likely the best outcome. I am hoping the time spent doing it will be added to my leave loading. Fingers crossed!


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