Myths and Legends


What a lovely collection of books and placing Myths right next to the Orwell book 1984 is pretty funny as 1984 does not really feel like a myth anymore! Still, the legends are the books next door a bunch of Star Wars parody books – yes more humour is what we need. Now on to last week that went by in a flash! It was a night of teaching double drawstring bags at the library followed by my birthday then a night out to the Arts Focus exhibition, and then Thursday night it was PBL (Project Based Learning) night and Open house at school. Friday night I still had to polish up my science essay so I could submit it this week! Just too much – I think I need to stop and breathe, which is why I went to Yoga on Saturday!


The double drawstring bag sewing workshop at the library was a hit with a full class of 12 students who were eager to get their bags completed. We have 1.5 hours in the community room – so it is over pretty quickly. A lucky few did get them done, but lucky the library has open hours for sewing over the weekend and during the weekend for the students to complete their bags. The prep for this workshop is just cutting the fabric to size, and lucky my friend gave me a box of fabric I could use for this class that was just perfect.

Myth – I do not like alcohol! I have not been drinking as I need a clear head to write essays and focus on my University work, but it was lovely to have just one cocktail and feel pretty good! A fact I do love food, feeling uninspired by the Bay Area offerings for food locally I opted for a ‘sustainable seafood’ restaurant called Pacific Catch that opened up in the local shopping centre. Ideally, I am wanting one of those fantastic Portland restaurants that serve alcohol and raw vegan, local, organic food, but alas that is not to happen here, it’s more about the beers and the burgers – boring! Anyway, I will be back home in Melbourne soon and the food there is the best. Still, I had a lovely feast at Pacific Catch with some appetisers starting with some Poke – absolutely delicious! The coconut shrimp – very moreish but not too good for someone who doesn’t eat fried food too often. My main was fish tacos served with black beans and creole fries, yummo! Though the fries had to be passed on to my hubby and the kids as they were too much fried goodness for me. Afterwards (as there were no real exciting dessert options at this restaurant) we wandered downtown Mountain View to my fave treat place – Alexanders Patisserie and had a lemon tart and some other incredible mascarpone based deliciousness! Such a lovely evening of eating with the family 😀

My friend’s ceramics exhibit
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The beautiful cat quilt – the group work
The dragon and fire quilt – the other group work


Wednesday was another night out with the Arts where I have a job of interviewing the kids for a newsletter article about the joys of the Arts Focus program. A program entirely run by parent volunteers who teach in the classroom for 12 weeks of the year – with an exhibition in between each one. A totally immersive hands-on experience with art that the kids absolutely adore. I am so happy to be a part of the team and teach the kids sewing. This program has inspired me to do my Degree in Teaching for when we return to Australia, though I have less than 4 years or so to completion. I am enjoying the classes, and it is quite exciting to use what I have experienced and bring it to my lessons. I am learning so much new information, and I love it. Now back to writing my World of Maths essay about ‘How Constructivism is the best way to teach math.’

We are a community


Last week was the final week of our Arts Focus classes at our school, it is always a fun ride for the 12 weeks of the year with the art show after the first session of 6 weeks. Following on is the second six-week session, and the art show will be on view at City Hall beginning next week. I have my class of 26 kids artwork on show, and this time I managed to get a broad range of pieces from hats, fabric collages, pipe cleaner dolls, embroidery, Felt LED cuffs and Felt Animals. The quilts are just beautiful with is super cool cat fabric and a dragon quilt as well – thanks to the parent volunteers of the sewing team who choose and sew up the quilts for this session. The quilt will be offered for bids at the Silent Auction to the parents of the kiddos who were in the sewing class.


I always enjoy what the kids create, and this time we had some extra time, and they could make another project focussing on their stitch work and embellishing. The hat and the bunny were created by kindergarten children who used their stitches in an interesting way. The bear in the centre pic is made by a 2nd grader who took great pride in her work. I love to see anyone enjoying the needle arts and to see kids stretch themselves by experimenting is such a joyful experience!

Speaking of seeing experimental needle arts in action…  Monday I taught a sewing workshop at the Mountain View Public Library on making a small purse from repurposed interior design fabric from FabMo. The fun part is always seeing what fabrics people choose for the purses – this project only needed 3 pieces. I like to see how people matched or mismatched their fabric to get the desired effect. I have worked with these fabrics for a long time, and it took me ages to feel free working with a tonal collection of fabrics or even just mixing the patterns. The class was 12 adults and about a quarter of the class completed the project in the 1.5-hour class – a lot of time was spent deliberating on the fabric choice! Still, once it is on the sewing machine, this project is a breeze.

I will leave this week with my International Women’s day, A day without a woman picture. The Pussyhat project wanted to see some hats up on their website for the day, so I found my rainbow and pink pussyhat. To go with the rainbow theme, I found this delightful picture my daughter made for me years ago with rainbows and black crows. It seemed relevant for the moment showing that no matter how many black crows (or darkness) is on the horizon there is always love and rainbows. I enjoy being part of a community be it at the library or my school, and we work together for the common good of all – now and always. Peace xo



A piece a Week – Photographing our camping trip, swimming and the Sewing workshop announced!

The 4th of July bought about a 3 day camping retreat – whoo hoo!! Well if you can call sleeping on the ground listening to mariachi music for two nights in a row could be called a retreat? I would say the third night we stayed it was awesome to listen to the sounds of nature when we went to bed – silence with the sound of frogs and hoping I would hear an owl!! Still the heat of the days were relieved when we spent time in the swimming hole in the South Fork of the Eel River. I would have to say that was my favorite thing of the weekend spending time in the river with our feet getting massaged by the river rocks, my Toms ended up being turned into water shoes for the time we were away! Note to self, if ever swimming in a river take along water shoes as those river rocks can be very rough. The drought of California is in effect when you visit the river with the level of the river way down to only a few inches in many areas, this could be a summer thing though?

Richardson Grove State Park Oak Flat Campground was party town for the 4th July long weekend and it was definitely an experience that we do not want to repeat again. I think our group has decided that the 4th of July is not a good time to camp, it is better to blow off a couple of days and go when there are fewer people. This campground was lovely under some shady oaks by a hill so we were well hidden from our neighbors by redwoods on either side though it felt like a stage to all the passers by to the toilet. What annoyed us the most was the music all day and night playing from the very loud sound system powered by a generator. Still that meant our kids could be as loud as they wanted and so could we 🙂 This is a perfect getaway for a family especially for a longer camp experience as it is a few hours north in Humboldt county, the swimming and the shade of the beautiful old redwoods made this place very special.

Drought in effect with a nice green on the edges

Enjoying the swimming hole

Going large – we are in America after all!

A view from the bridge down the Eel River

Fluffy redwood branches

Hanging at the campsite

Kids and redwoods on the racetrack trail

The Chandelier tree – such incredible energy for this beauty!

The bridge to our campground

The camping crew down by the river

Junior Ranger off to score badges

Skinned animals is all we saw due to the amount of people at the campground

The kids in a fallen redwood tree 

Looking through the fallen tree root

Walking the fallen tree

Finally some wild life some banana slugs 

Looking for bats feeding at dusk on the insects 

Action by the river – skipping stones!

The beauty of this place in the cool of the evening

Ranger Josie who presented a couple of awesome campfire programs in the evening

On our way home we stopped by at the One Log house – which felt very strange! And the Grandfather Tree who was so wide and oh so high!!

Kids in the One Log House checking out the beds

The Grandfather Tree 

The kids have been enjoying their swimming lessons with Sammi Seal and here is Ashwin practicing his freestyle.

Ash in swimming action

Here is the flyer for the Mountain View Library workshop that I will be presenting in a couple of weeks – I better get myself organized!!