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Teacher’s pet, I was not:

There were two teachers who influenced me when I was at school. During my first year at High School, half way through the year, the art teacher made an aside that stayed with me. She made the comment that my work reminded her of her own when she was my age. It was just the one comment, but it remained with me, even all these years later. Her encouragement could have partly been responsible for me going to art school, when I left High School.

The second teacher whom I admired was Deputy Principal, or Deputy Head, as we knew her then, as well as being House Mistress. Miss Street was of the old school, very strict, proper and an English teacher. I wasn’t a scholar, and she apparently was going to take me under her wing, and give me some extra help. She had written in her diary that she was going to seek me out that fateful Tuesday afternoon, but as I had gone into town on a shopping expedition, I missed out.

That night Miss Street died in the bath, in the boarding house. It wasn’t until later I was informed of her diary entry. I felt devastated. Knowing she had faith in me gave me courage, and may have been the reason for me returning to university in my forties and becoming a teacher.

Miss Street was one of the many women left single after WW1. Her fiancé was killed in the war. So instead of her having her own family she passed on her love of Literature to most of her students.

Daily Prompt:

Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her? Michelle W.


International Year of Light

Sydney Harbour lit by fireworks New Year Celebrations 2015. Photo: Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Harbour lit by fireworks NY 2015 Photo: Sydney Morning Herald

‘The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, 2015 (IYL 2015) is a United Nations observance that aims to raise awareness of the achievements of light science and its applications, and its importance to humankind. IYL 2015 opening ceremonies will be held 19-20 January 2015 in Paris.’

There is so much exciting news regarding this topic on the Internet. Competitions for children plus lots of scientific and art related projects as well as looking from the past to the future.  Discoveries abound, so shall Include just another snippet from Wikipedia:

‘Scientific anniversaries[edit]
The major scientific anniversaries that will be celebrated during IYL 2015 are:

1015: Works on optics by Ibn Al-Haytham
1815: The notion of light as a wave proposed by Fresnel
1865: The electromagnetic theory of light propagation proposed by Maxwell
1915: Einstein’s theory of the photoelectric effect in 1905 and of the embedding of light in cosmology through general relativity
1965: Discovery of the cosmic microwave background by Penzias and Wilson, and Charles Kao’s achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication’  Thanks to Wikipedia for their information on this subject.

 Credit: Studio Roosegaarde 125th anniversary of Amsterdam Train Station

Credit: Studio Roosegaarde
125th anniversary of Amsterdam Train Station

Do any of you have things happening near you to celebrate this very special year? My beloved is painting in his unique way which inadvertently celebrates 2015 as the International year of light. A peek at his new painting soon.

Art Exhibitions:


Bev’s exhibition



Saturday we went to a friend’s painting show. She was an ex-student of my husband’s, a mature student, as is known in the university realm. Bev Martorana, or married name, Cameron. She still enjoys painting and lives further down the Mornington Peninsula.

Chris is an anti social hermit when allowed to be. The night before he thought of all the reasons why we couldn’t go. When I said,’I think I ate too much butter.’ His immediate response was, ‘Good, we won’t have to go tomorrow!’

Saturday came and we were both well. No excuses left; we arrived at ‘Merricks House’ beside the Merrick General Store, where we later had lunch. Bev had had an unsettling time, as her husband, John, had just had a melanoma removed two days previously. He was there, much to our surprise, but went home early. It was good to see him up and about.

Exhibitions can be deadly, especially if you don’t know anyone. This was so much fun. I met some of Chris’ ex -students, who all have grown families now. We were invited to have lunch with Bev, family and old friends. Long have I known that everyone has a story.

I sat beside John, a film maker, who had worked many years ago with our ‘blogger’ friend Margaret Rose! The world seems to be getting smaller and smaller. He had also worked with my neighbour’s partner, in another film making initiative.

On my other side was Caroline, who no longer paints. Her marriage had broken up after 30 odd years. Eighteen months later, he and his young amore, are in London UK, most unhappy; he’s missing his ex and his grown children. Life is so interesting; bewildering at times, and it does make you wonder why we need to go through the lows to appreciate the highs.