Author Archive for: ‘karen’

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    Mothers Day

    I’m on a placement for Uni, learning how to be a proper teacher, not just one who makes it up as I go along in my role as a Garden teacher. The class had just read a Mother’s Day book, and the teacher was asking …

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    Spinifex Baby

    A couple of nights ago I found myself rushing around madly, picking up piles of toys and clothes off the floor and trying to make some sort of a dent in the piles of dust on our furniture. A newspaper journalist and photographer were coming …

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    One boys Story Garden

    ‘Is this the start? The very first bit of our Story Garden?’ The eleven year old boy stared at me with his large brown eyes. Rightly proud of his Tasmanian Aboriginal Heritage, he was asking me if it was true, that the work the boys were doing levering pavers up was …

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    ode to community

    Just when the world seems to pressing down a little too hard, when I’m sicker than a mother is allowed to get, solo parenting three kids for the week, then discovering an apple tree needs emergency help at the school, the community has pulled me through. More meals delivered then …

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    one little hand tucked into mine

    There is a girl of about age 8 with long blond hair and pale skin, who floats through the school, living her own quiet reality amongst the busyness. She is high on the autism spectrum, and avoids all eye contact, speech and touch, except for with her main …

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    Nature Crafts

    This book created by Kate Hubmayer was launched at the Food4Thought Gathering. I have to mention it as it has been given the thumbs up by my six year old son. Apparently it looks ‘awesome’ and he can’t wait to build bark boats complete with gumnut sailors, and …

  • Onion


    I was fortunate enough to attend the #Food4Thought National gathering in Hobart on the weekend. Such an inspiring and motivated group of people from Darwin to Hobart and everywhere in between. Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia was an incredible furry ball of energy that I was very proud to give …

  • Kids Tree

    what life looks like

    Another moment of domestic madness came last night, with me rushing around the kitchen dodging my husband Al who was pulling steaming food from the oven, kids yelling at each other from the other side of the kitchen bench. Al thought out loud, ‘Imagine what our day would look …

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    chickens versus classrooms

    Today I worked with a boy who would not leave the chicken pen. I tried all the tricks I had to get him to go back to class, but nothing worked. He stood firm, fingers preening the chickens feathers he held in his arms. I …

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