This week

By Vita Forest


This week I have been

WRITING

READING Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

WATCHING Dance Academy Season 3 (Aaah!)

WALKING with Saskia and Rowdy from Neutral Bay to Mosman Bay around the headlands and

SEEING this sign at Kurraba St Wharf and


VISITING the pool at Cremorne Point (alas not for a swim) and

ADMIRING the banksia flowers along the path and


SEEING this winsome little creature in the Lex and Ruby Graham Gardens at Cremorne


PICNICKING at Clive Park in Northbridge with some bookish friends and

ADMIRING the view (friends, food, books and beautiful places!) and


CELEBRATING the good life.


 

This week

By Vita Forest

Where does the sea end and the pool begin? South Curl Curl


This week I have been

READING

  • Eric by Shaun Tan to my class at school (how lovely!)
  • A structural report by Sui-Sui on an old novel I wrote – she has taken the time to really analyze it and come up with suggestions to rework it into something better – Thanks wonderful lady!  You will make a great editor some day!

WRITING Mobile Tales 6: A rainbow of reading (Further adventures of Christabel La Mouse)

WATCHING

  • A Strategic Plan at the Griffin Theatre Company (another intense night of theatre)
  • Please like me Season 3 (I particularly enjoyed the scene where Arnold practises coming out to his own Dad by singing Sia’s Chandelier to Josh’s Dad – just gorgeous!)

VISITING

  • Observatory Hill for a spot of sketching
  • Curl Curl for a wild swim in the rock pool and a cliff top walk with Saskia and Rowdy.

    CATCHING UP with lots of lovely people including Sui-Sui, Saskia and Vastra.

    REALIZING that Saskia’s, Vastra’s and my child-free weekends coincide… what adventures lie in store…

    This week

    By Vita Forest


    This week I have been

    READING 

    • Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit
    • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

    WRITING Not even the beginning

    MAKING a Harry Potter trivia game with Lucy (feel free to submit question ideas if you like!)

    WALKING with Saskia after the rain.

    SKETCHING my balcony garden as my sketch club was cancelled due to the rain.

    ATTENDING a meeting about the combined schools concert my school is involved in later in the year.

    BRAINSTORMING lots of ideas for stories, choreography and costumes for our item.

    TRYING another tack with my 4th grade class for poetry writing (providing them with a starting word for each line) and 

    DISCOVERING they were poets!

    REMEMBERING how when she was in Year 1, one of my current students poo-pooed one of my suggestions for a song to sing at assembly because it was “a kids’ song”!  They could see the humour in that comment now.

    This week

    By Vita Forest

    Angophora trees at Balls Head

    This week I have been

    READING

    • On Writing by Stephen King (great!)
    • Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit

    WRITING Summer sketching

    WATCHING the new series of Grand Designs

    HAVING a brain explosion of ideas for our new dance item

    GIVING my presentation to my class’s parents for the Parent Information night and not feeling well then

    GETTING sick and almost losing my voice (at least it was in that order…)

    RESTING for a couple of days

    GOING for a gentle walk around Balls Head with my sister Briony

    CELEBRATING Briony’s birthday with the family

    This week

    By Vita Forest

    Sunday sunrise at Curl Curl


    This week I have been

    READING

    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
    • Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit

    WRITING

    • At Bombo
    • Programs for school including one on Poetry incorporating David Chapelle’s short film of Sergei Poluntin dancing to Take me to Church by Hozier.  I am excited!

    EXPERIENCING Sydney’s extreme weather this week – storms and heavy rain on Tuesday, crazy-high temperatures on Friday and Saturday.

    VISITING the water to cool off on the weekend… Murray Rose/Redleaf Pool in Woollahra and Curl Curl Beach.

    WALKING AND TALKING with Saskia at Curl Curl after a swim.

    BUMPING into an old student and family at Curl Curl (it was all happening at Curl Curl…)

    MISSING outdoor sketching due to the extreme temperatures.

    MAKING

    • time to relax.
    • time for yoga.

    Saturday morning at Refleaf pool, Woollahra

       

       

       

       

      This week

      By Vita Forest

      Gardens at Vaucluse House (can you spot the bird?)

      This week I have been

      READING 

      • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 
      • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
      • Policy documents for school

      WRITING Distracted

      MOVING classrooms and

      PREPARING for the new school year

      VISITING

      • The White Rabbit Gallery in Chippendale for Vile Bodies
      • Vaucluse House for some barefoot, lounging about under a tree kind of sketching 

      WATCHING

      • The Shawshank Redemption and The Princess Bride with my kids
      • Lion with Briony and friend 

      DISCUSSING with my kids why Australia Day is hurtful/offensive to parts of our population 

      BUYING school shoes for Lucy for her first year at high school…

      MAKING a week’s supply of Jamie Oliver’s Black Rice pudding with mango, lime, passionfruit and coconut. Mmm

      Plant stand at Vaucluse House



      This week

      By Vita Forest

      This week I have been

       

      READING

      • Island Home by Tim Winton
      • A Field Guide to getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

      WRITING Gargoyle

      VISITING

      • Barangaroo for The Beach at The Sydney Festival
      • Real harbour and surf beaches to cool off as Sydney’s temperatures got ridiculously high
      • The Domain for Symphony under the Stars with Max and Lucy and school friends Gemma and Ursula and Gemma’s kids Ava and Jasper where we were

      LISTENING to the Enigma Variations by Elgar and most especially Nimrod (one of my favourites) and of course the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky as we were

      WATCHING

      • fireworks (some people had sparklers and Gemma brought glow sticks)
      • the bats fly over the Domain
      • Lucy turn over and over doing forward walkovers in any spare patch of grass wearing glowsticks at her wrists

      HEARING about Max’s adventures travelling around town by public transport to visit numerous skateparks with his “squad”

      STRUGGLING to sleep as the temperatures stay high through the nights