Saturday, March 10, 2007

Just a quickie

OK, some dot points. It's late, I've been running around all day, and there's still work to be done before I can get to bed. But some things are too good not to share:

-- I went to a little Canberra blogmeet tonight: TJ and Foo, Matt (more lurker than blogger these days but has good blog provenance), Enny, Crit, and Dean. We hung around Civic being nerdy and witty (can they co-exist?) and then managed to find a cafe for dessert that had a corner-of-the-eye view of (and say this next bit with your best deep commercial DJ voice) SKYFIRE 2007, a fireworks fest over the lake with accompanying soundtrack which invariably seems to include such gems as Afternoon Delight.

Dean and TJ
TJ and I taking a photo of Dean with his dinosaur-shaped strawberry. Dean should be blogging this in stereo when he gets the chance.

-- Before I went to this blogmeet I drove Best Beloved out to a friend's birthday party in Amaroo (waaay out in the burbs) where he still is; they started drinking cocktails and eating vodka jellies at 4.30 and it's now 10.30. The Singstar kareoke kit would have been broken out around 7 and pizza ordered at 9. Any moment now I expect him to stagger in and fall over the cats in his haste to yak in the toilet.

-- Yesterday Bumblebee and I barely managed to get him to school on time because we were completely absorbed in finishing his homework... he had to make every parent's nightmare, a DIORAMA of a scene from whatever book he's reading at the moment. When I asked him which scene he wanted to portray, he told me about someone rescuing someone else in a tunnel, from the book Fergus Crane. As soon as he said 'tunnel' I thought that we should really be working with our strengths here, and since I teach bookarts, we should get jiggy with it and make a tunnel book diorama.

So here it is:

tunnel book cover
Apparently the tunnels were in a ship which was also a school, and the students were doing a 'tunnel exercise'. You swing this cover open to reveal...

tunnel book
The tunnel! Complete with trapped girl, rescuing boy and cheeky worms.

tunnel book back
The end. Please excuse my dodgy photography as we were in a mad rush to get it to school on time.

tunnel book construction
This is taken during construction, so you can see how we made it. Lots of fun, and very well received by the class.

Damn. Padge just jumped on my lap and he's got a hole in his side, well-licked but gaping awkwardly. Looks like a trip to the vet in the morning. Bugger.

Ah well, back to work.


Mummy/Crit said...

Nerdy/witty interface? You bet.
That photo of Dean & TJ is good...I would have liked to see the one with TJ's flash going off.

BwcaBrownie said...

Excellent Project 10/10

re the cat injury:

You haven't got TIME for the vet.
wait till cat is ASLEEP*

and puff some powder Savlon onto the wound.

It is non-sting antiseptic and drying.

save yourself from paying for the vet to ski at Thredo this winter.

*so it can work before he licks it off.

Teej Mahal said...

Ha! Holy Unflattering Camera Angles, Batman!

(Me, not you, Dean)

StyleyGeek said...

Bloggers? In Canberra? There are more of us? That is great news! (I was directed your way by Phantom Scribbler). Thanks for the links to the others.

Despite googling for "Canberra blog" and similar often, I'd never really found much before.

Rach said...

I hope Mr Padge heals well soon. Perhaps he will have to wear a cone collar? I hope so.

That diorama is teh r0x0r. Well done!