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All I can say about this week was thank goodness!! Everyone in Victoria reached the 70% double vaccination target and we now have some freedoms. I was so happy that I went out to the city to meet my friend in real life!! We usually meet for brunch once a month so over the lockdown we were Facetiming with a cuppa or a wine on Sunday.

It was so good just to be out having a coffee made by a barista and a lovely brunch. The weather was typical Melbourne – that is four seasons in one day so we just had our umbrella just in case it rained. In the photo it was brilliant sunshine, we went to the Royal Botanic Gardens to see the outdoor exhibition Seeing the Invisible and it was so much fun! The best was being out and about wandering amongst the gardens – which is, in fact, my happy place. And I am so grateful that my friend and I could have this special time to hang out together. After our wanderings through the garden, we headed to a bar for a cheeky couple of Sunday afternoon wines at Transport at Federation Square in the sunshine before I got on the train with a very drained phone from the augmented reality app in the gardens.

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The energy of this native flower captures the feeling I had experienced this week with a big week with a my son turning 16 on Monday. We had an amazing feast of Tamales made by a local chef who used to live in California. They were just delicious and his salsa is the best! My daughter made a delicious brownie cake as the birthday cake with no icing 😀

Towards the end of the week it was time to hone in on my creative adventures that I had jotted down in my journal to complete. Thursday was a gorgeous sunny day so I completed some macrame for some pots outside, it is so wonderful to listen to audio books and craft the day away. We have been in lockdown since middle of August and this Friday the 22nd October we finally get some release due to reaching a 70% double vaccination target. I have enjoyed the time out to create with no appointments but with the opportunity to catch up with a friend on the weekend is something I am looking forward to! This week I am grateful for the time out of a busy schedule to just be and create.

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So many things this week to be grateful for with the number one being sunshine and nature. It was a wonderful first week back after term break as I worked the Monday and for the rest of the week I was working from home. And when I work from home and the weather is good I am outside under the yellow umbrella in the sunshine!

On Thursday I decided to go for a bike ride with no plans as to where I was going and the only caveat is to stay within 15 km from my home. So off I went, just staying on the bike path travelling the path during the week with hardly a person in sight. I thought to myself, this is the best I shall continue to see what I can discover and along the way. I rode by the Merri creek until it met up with the Yarra river and it was amazing. No people on the trail and nature was my best friend for the morning. I have to say it was such a glorious day with no wind and sunshine I ended up riding 30km return and man, my legs were so sore but so worth it. On my way back, I stopped at Joes Garden farm stand for a collection of produce and the most amazing olive bread for lunch – absolutely the best bike ride ever!

Then along came Saturday and I have been wanting to check out the flying fox colony at Yarra Bend park so I met my friend there and we had a lovely catch up walking beneath the bats on a 23 degree day. Now, I have to say we are so lucky to be surrounded by so much nature in Melbourne and I love exploring, so this is the perfect way to adventure out and about without catching a plane. In my thoughts are a sign that I read out hiking which said, “explore more”. I am so thankful for the beauty of nature in this gorgeous city to recharge my soul!

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I have to say last week was the best creative week I have had in a very long time. Due to lockdown there were no distractions so I just got to making and creating and it has been so much fun! I had a whole week off work and my last assignment of Uni was done, so I was a free as a bird!

I got out my sewing machine and planned my week of projects and made a lovely pinafore from a gorgeous pinwale corduroy – these are my fave wear for work. I also did some needle felting, crochet, knitting and lots of gardening. What a wonderful way to spend my holidays and it was so hard to go back to reality in the land on Covid today – frightening really – but we stay as safe as possible with keeping the children outside to play all day! The Delta variant is flying through the community like glitter.

So much to be grateful for last week and just to have that free time to create and make has given me the freedom to just want to do more and lucky for me I have a whole month off Uni and work is on site one day a week as we have less than 10 kids in total. Just so happy to be making again and I am making my list of projects even longer with each day 😀

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Finally, I have reached the end of the 12 week teaching period for Uni. I have to say it has been a bit of a struggle getting on with things with being in lockdown for weeks and just wanting to be outside when the sun is shining. Still, I have managed to get through and now this week is all about creating and making – catching up on so many fun projects that have been sitting in the craft cupboard. It was a super sunny Sunday so I got out the drill and made a couple of mobiles for decorating the outdoor space at my work, the kindergarten. I am pretty excited to see them up high as they are so bright and colourful. The kids at kinder had painted some corks so I got those drilled and wired ready to hang. With that project done, I have also been making crochet pencil caddies for the teacher I work with and they look super cool.

This week I have been needle felting a scarf in rainbow colours, as well as a bit of sewing with my daughter and pulling apart clothes to make them into items I would actually wear! I am lacking in skirts so I have a couple to complete this week. I also need to make a pinafore that I enjoy wearing to work. So this week I am thankful for the brain space and having the time to create in peace in the sunshine with my cat outside. I love it!

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Here we are another week in lockdown and it is to continue until October 26 the earliest – that is if we reach full vaccination targets of 80%! Well, all I can say about this week was that it was so good to be outside with the 5 children in my care as it was just like a mini playdate. All day from 9am to 4pm we were outside – playing, gardening, planting seeds and crafting. As my friend says to me channel my inner Calypso when I am in kinder teacher mode. That is what I need to think of, to finally complete my degree – which will be next year!

My son got into a local arts program and Northern College of Arts and Technology for his last 2 years of high school, which is very exciting for him. I am very excited, as I know as an artist it is a journey and it will be so good for him to experiment with the visual arts as well as work on interactive design. I hope he gets so much out of it! Applied learning is the best and is such a wonderful way to engage with the arts.

It was certainly count down with work last week as I am now on holidays for two weeks with the kids. They get their vaccinations tomorrow, which is so good! Now I am on holidays and I have one more assignment to do. I need to film myself presenting a lesson!! It is either wear one of my many hats or dye my hair. Man I miss my hairdresser, I have not seen him since April!! Talk about looking like Calypso with a doggie hairdo :/ Anyway, I am so grateful for some time off, I have been so anxious about being at work in a pandemic with having no idea where the kids have been. It will be good just to be at my house getting this last assignment done and dusted this week!! This last one is 50% so it is a big one, but I have one third done now and a bit more writing and filming to complete it. I have a goal of crafting and baking a babka before I go back to work on the 4th, so here’s to getting it done in plenty of time!!

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Where to start for this week! I finished my placement with a wonderful report from my mentor teacher. Got rid of one more assignment. I went back to my usual work and it was so good to be back. The native sage above is out in bloom and I found that super cool graffiti on the wall on the scout hall next door to my work.

End the Lockdown says it all if only our stupid Australian Government got their shit together to make it happen we would be fine by now. But no, they are a bunch of idiots who totally messed up the vaccine rollout and now we are trying to get the kids vaccinated too, it is really hard to make an appointment. One day we will get there and who would have thought that we would be back in this mess again! It is quite a shit show here in Victoria and I cannot see an end in sight for a while.

I am only annoyed because I am an authorised worker in a lockdown having to work with transmitters of the virus – children. There are just close to 2000 cases of children 0-9 at the moment. But the light is that I am fully vaccinated and that it is spring and the sun is shining. At least for now, I can take the children outside all day so we do not share air inside. So I am then grateful for having a beautiful space I can spend my work days outside in the sunshine, so good to see the birds and enjoy the shade of the trees – it is the best 😀

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Keep on smiling as I have one more day to go for my placement with the 0-2 year old infants. What a time I have had and have learnt so much. It is so different to kindergarten but I enjoyed it though I was so tired by the end of last week! I am not used to working full time at all!!

Above are some of the learning experiences I created for the children which they enjoyed. There are two more weeks of term to go and then we are on holidays but still in lockdown – boo hoo! So no planned holidays for us. Just getting my work done for Uni and having some time to hang out in the garden and just chill!! Grateful for the placement experience these last 3 weeks.

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Well what can I say except I am so tired from being in lockdown and having to be an authorised worker. I came home from my childcare placement the other day saying “it’s got me, covid’s got me!!” and then went out to get tested in my car. Turns out I had no Covid, just pure exhaustion. I have had to go to work as it is my 3rd Uni placement, so two to go next year. What I have to be thankful for this week is the time out on my bike in the cold, cold mornings and riding home in the beautiful sunshine to de-escalate my day, ahhh! So lovely to ride on the bike path surrounded by all the tags and amazing colour. Thankful for living near the city and access to this super cool bike trail! Oh and I am fully vaccinated now, that is definitely something to be thankful for!!!