Tuesday, November 30, 2010

This Mermaid certainly gets around!

I do not think the last image of the mermaid really expressed her fully, hence now we have photographs that shows the extent of her fabulous tail!

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Mermaid at last!

Then as part of a wonderful ELP event for a group of Christchurch teachers, the fabulous Kathryn Delany (team member extraordinaire) made me a mermaid outfit!!! I had such fun wearing it while delivering a ‘seminar’ on fish philosophy!!! The team created the sea around me, it was pure entertainment for all of us. Some Christchurch members even tried to swim in the 'sea'. There was a considerable amount of joy and laughter on this occasion! It was for me a night to remember!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Other Possible Selves: “To be a Mermaid!”

Over the years I had many many different outfits created by my Mum!!!! One of my early memories was of me wanting to be dressed up as a mermaid.  We had been living in Samoa and Fiji for several years, and had returned to Napier just after my father died when I was 8 years old. Where this fascination to be a mermaid came from I do not know. But I do remember so vividly wanting to be a mermaid and being at a fancy dress event at the Napier War Memorial Hall when I was 9 years old, the longing memory is still in my heart. But the dream was not to be realised for many years! I almost got there in recent times when a fabulous possible self emerged digitally!!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Strengthening the Family Culture

My Mum was also a great seamstress and would sew all our clothes! She was fabulous at creating costumes. I was to experience many possible selves as a young child, through wonderful costumes that my mother created. This is a photo of me (can you guess who I am, looking a little sad as I have lost my .....) along with my twin brother Peter and eldest brother Christopher!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Creating Magic in Families

This is a photo of my Mum and Dad's wedding day, just as my Grandmother created fabulous costumes and clothing for her children all their lives she also created beautiful wedding gowns and frocks for the bridesmaids. When her children were young, there would be times when a new dress would just appear on the bed of one of the girl's in the morning, just like the work of the 'Elves and the Shoemaker', my Grandmother was creating her own family magic. I think my Grandmother was a magical person. I have many warm memories of her,  as we would often go and visit her in Dannevirke when we were children. One lovely memory is of her wardrobe that was filled with Barbar the Elephant books, which we would bring out and she would read to us as we sat on her bed.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Culture of our Families

Every family builds a culture - that is 'the way things are done around here!' I have always personally enjoyed dressing up and having fun. I am sure this desire has been within the family genes for several generations. My grandmother was a fabulous seamstress and started her working life as a milliner. She created fabulous costumes for all her 9 children! Here is a photo of some of my mother's brothers and sisters. My Mum is the little flower girl on the end.

Authentic Teachers and Leaders

As one of the ideas I discuss often with teachers is around the notion of authencity, I thought the blog maybe a way where I can 'walk the talk'. I am deeply committed to the notion that the personal has a deep inpact on the professional. At the heart of all our lives is the importance of our relationships with each other. My idea at this stage is to add personal material to this blog. I thought I could look at doing this visually (once I have permission from family members!). My intention is to have a bit of fun with this blog. So here goes!