people in charge of the grounds at uni collected up the apples under the tree outside the Chapel (where I practice) before they mowed the grass, and gave them to me Friday as I was going home. The apples are all fallers - bruised and buggy, BUT I love them and there is a lot of good apple on them yet. Those + some reduced strawberries meant my Monday morning started off delicious.
Sometimes the things other people walk right by are actually wonderful.
I found a super interesting paper on visual perception. Sharing it because I'm like that. No particular reason to share, but it has images and if I was interested, you might be interested too.
I missed the sun rising directly behind the Cathedral by a few days. It is amazing how quickly the sun swings round from North to South at this time of year.
first classes today.
Not sure how many students I'll have or how they'll react to what we do.
One class is part live-and part online - as in you can choose to do it in person or online, and some students are in Asia and some will be two feet away. This will be a new way of working for me indeed.
Well the mouse defence is definitely in high gear. Humane trap in in place, but there seem to be more fun things to explore than peanut butter at the moment. I've now blocked EVERY nook all along the fridge and cupboards and if that little critter is back there, fingers crossed he jumps obligingly in that little trap. He could climb over the top, but that's 2 ft up, and I am hoping the lure of peanut butter is greater. Fingers crossed. I don't dare risk my fingers with a real trap.
Some early morning cello practice... page 1 of the piece I’ll perform in a month here: https://eventbrite.co.uk/e/university-of-chichester-public-lecture-series-201920-tickets-64305923749
One of my students played the organ, and in conversation let slip that he was also a tailor by hobby. I mentioned I always wanted a cape. We went to town and bought fabric. He measured and made me a crimson cape and took it home to finish. Then he became a vicar and never finished it. The cape stayed somewhere in his family home, awaiting a final clasp. That was 2003. I would love to have that cape but it's in a box somewhere in a house far away.
Doors open all day, machinery ploughing the field opposite and a little mouse came in.
IN THE HOUSE. (I think this happened last year at the same time)
Way to stop me typing, practising, or doing anything but standing on a chair. and where has it gone?
off to get another humane trap in the morning. At least we have plenty of peanut butter at the ready.
first day of 'team meetings' for the year, and although term doesn't begin until next week, emails are coming in like debris (and exciting catches) on the wind, tearing holes in the carefully constructed web I've made over the summer.
How to manage time, enjoy the new students, and preserve the peace and focus in my own mind?
Those are real and rhetorical questions.
a technical academic-y post... this is the lecture I gave about questionniare development while I was in Brazil. If you're into psychology stuff, you may find it interesting :)
Writing my next book. I'm 5k in.
Yesterday we made pasta, it was fun teaching my medium and big children how to use the machine, and it was tasty.
Sometimes homemade makes the home.
eternal optimist, dreamer, friend, & mother. I play the cello & sing.
I believe in people.
I teach music, performance, pedagogy, psychology (self-efficacy)
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