On Twitter yesterday a Depuy Head teacher that I used to correspond with about various education ideas remade contact. He commented how he had read my blog up until the point that I left social media for a while as teaching as my core thing imploded. In chatting it made me realise that now after two years I have actually moved on. I have landed very fortuitously living in a coastal area, I have the finance to support our life and when I work I can choose to do things I like.
Today, wondering how it might make me feel I scrolled down through all of my blog posts on here back to 2011 and revisited my 365 photo blog that I started blogging with on a platform called Posterous. Then I imported the content into WordPress and Mishmashlearning was born out of my first experience presenting to education peers at a Teachmeet in Feb. 2012. This caused some reflection on how much went on and changed between 2012 and 2016 for me to leave teaching all together. I wasn’t getting upset which is a relatively new feeling, teaching is over.
I read on through 2012 and the amount of initiatives I was aware of and trying to bring into school while discussing ideas with professionals I admired online and in several cases met at education events in the next four years. I still feel passionate about Solo Taxonomy although I resist applying it to everything I do now, I just know that my enjoyment of learning new skills and ideas has transferred into my boat work and art.
So many thanks Dan B. for a prompt.
Today, Anne took up her birthday gift of an Alpaca walk, she had to cancel back into November due to very strong winds and rain. Today we went to a local centre at Longthorne Farm, just north of Monkey World in Dorset.
We were to walk with Harry and William and Anne was to lead Harry. These two young males get on famously apparently. We were given lots of facts about Alpacas which I admit I generally let roll past me. Very calm animals with “teddy bear”like coats. We were allowed to stroke their necks. William was fairly “talkative” throughout the walk. The biggest noise was the tanks passing to their training grounds, the Alpacas took it into their stride as for them it must be a familiar sound.
When an Alpaca decides it wants to eat, drink, scratch you stop with them, a mind of their own but no mean spiritedness at all. We got to feed them in our return too. When we left I felt incredibly at ease and we will be back again.
Stopping in the cool stream and having a drink.
Time for a group photo.
Harry allowed Anne to stroke his head, William wasn’t keen although he allowed his ears to be stroked.
Feeding for two.
Harry demonstrating how Alpacas settle similarly to a camel.
I have had allergy issues with horses at sanctuaries before that meant I couldn’t visit. The Alpaca wool is hypoallergenic and I had no trouble being around them.
A big thank you from us both to Longthorne, Farm.
January is up and running.
My first commitment Artisans on the Beach has completed bar the wash up feedback meeting. I am tidying the art materials and work pieces away so as to not make too much impact around the house, well trying too.
Thursday night yesterday saw me straight back to men’s training at the rowing club – the beach hut event had not involve a lot of leg work, last nights training did – aching legs today then. I worked harder and achieved more from the session than pre Christmas but still have lots to work on.
The start of the month is a sensible slowdown after Artisans on… including avoiding germs as much as possible. Tomorrow we (Anne and I) hope to start that intention re walks and enjoy some time at Studland beach, maybe even my first paddle of the new year, we will see.
Exercise – I used to keep an array of exercise books as diaries in the past, my solution last night to set up on the iPad a training log where each sheet will cover what I have actually done each month. A sort of GOE record – Glimpses of Exercise to look back on or identify obstacles that disrupted my fitness ideas apart from apathy / laziness.