Saturday, January 9, 2016

Week Ending 10 January 2016

We started the week off with a trip to the art gallery. This was a major event since the gallery just reopened before Christmas after being shut for nearly five years as a result of the earthquakes. Initially it was taken over for Civil Defence purposes and the rescue and recovery operations were run from the gallery for six months. A subsequent large earthquake  caused more damage and major repairs were required before the gallery could finally be reopened. So it was an especially enjoyable visit, looking at old favourites as well as new and visiting works.

My favourite piece was a newly donated, cubist inspired depiction of kauri tress by New Zealand artist Colin McCahon.

Miss 15 favoured more conventional landscapes and portraits, while dh liked another cubist inspired work. None of of us were fans of much of the modern art but we all enjoyed the exhibit on wood engraving and were intrigued by the fantasy landscape created from sugar.

Miss 15 and I have been making an effort to get plenty of birding in before trampolining and homeschooling impinge on our time. One of the spots we visited this week was the botanic gardens. As well as the birds we also enjoyed some of the sculptures. I especially like the way the sculpture tree trunk blends in with the foliage of the real trees so it is hard to tell what is natural and what is man-made.

We spent a large amount of time birding at various spots yesterday, including my favourite estuary. Already this year we've seen more than half the species I saw last year (Miss 15 saw more since she went on a couple of trips and different locations tend to mean different birds).  Compared to other parts of the world we have relatively few bird species and many of them are few in number and only found in a few areas, meaning unless you can travel a lot you won't see a large variety of species. So we  need to find ways to keep the birding interesting without the lure of new and interesting species to spot. Or else find a travel budget!

The rest of the week has been spent cleaning (both the girls decided to do major cleaning and decluttering in their rooms, they then did Mr 18's room for him), reading (I finished four books this week including The Yonahlosse Riding Camp for Girls and The Green Road), movie watching (dh and Miss 15 are on a Harry Potter re watch marathon), gardening, and cooking (I've resolved to make sure my cookbook addiction is somewhat productive  and am committed to trying at least one new recipe each week - this week I managed three; my favourite was an Asian Noodle and Cabbage Slaw). I also spent an afternoon catching up with a friend whom I haven't seen in too long.

Linking up with the Weekly Wrap-up over at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

1 comment:

  1. Its fun to read what other parents of teens are doing in their homeschools. Thanks for posting. :)

    (I found you via you link on Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.)