Friday, 31 July 2009

the Last Detective

We have no television here in South Santo.  This has many benefits.  It doesn't stop us, however from watching TV shows, only we get to choose what we watch and when.

At the moment we've been enjoying watching the Last Detective.  This is about a middle-aged detective (played by Peter Davison who in his younger days, played Tristan in All Creatures Great and Small and the Doctor in the old Doctor Who) who hasn't really progressed very far in his career.  In fact, he hasn't progressed at all.  Really, he's the last detective you'd call on to solve a crime.  Only, as the series progresses we find that his gentle nature and perseverance do in fact bring results, if not promotion.  He also demonstrates a surprising strength of character not only in upholding the law but in being unintimidated in the face of some ugly characters, including those in the office!   

He has a lovely relationship with an eccentric friend (played by Sean Hughes) and is on speaking and visiting terms with his not-yet-ex-wife (played by Emma Amos).  The dynamics of these relationships, while unnrelated to the main plot, in my opinion, really make it worth viewing.

As far as blood and gore and forensics go, there's not much and if you want edge of the seat suspense, this won't be your cup of tea.

We've just finished series three (four episodes a series) and are looking forward to series four.

(UPDATE 10/08/09: we've since seen the second episode of series four which has some particularly gruesome scenes which I couldn't watch and wouldn't recommend)

Thursday, 30 July 2009


I've been wondering about whether it is possible to forgive someone who has wronged you if they do not repent of the wrong done.  And what if they completely deny that they even did the said wrong?

What do you think?

At the moment I'm thinking that it is impossible to forgive without genuine repentence.  It is possible, however, to love.  I can love someone if they do not repent.  I can pray for them.  I don't think I can forgive.

But then I think about Jesus saying, "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do" and I'm no longer so certain. 

Something for me to think about and I would love your input.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

this week at school

Third term began this term, and for the first time in two years we found ourselves without any school-work from the correspondance school.  It hasn't arrived yet.  So, this week we've been doing a bit of impromptu home-schooling.

Each day we've read a chapter from one of the 'ten girls' books.  Each chapter is a very short biography of a christian woman.  We made a time line and each day, after reading the chapter, we add the person to the time line.  We also add other interesting events, like the Crimean War which we heard about when we read about Florence Nightingale.  We also printed a world map, downloaded from this helpful site and mark the place each person lived as we go.  I'm hoping we can keep this up even when the school work does arrive.  There are five books of ten girls, that's one every school day for the whole term!

We've been doing some arithmetic.  We had recently bought a mental arithmetic book for Sophie and she does a page each day.  Bethany has worked on worksheets created by Mathemania, a shareware program that is very easy to download and use.  We've also started learning times-tables.

We've also started a unit on fish.  We're thinking about these questions;
  • how do fish breathe under water?
  • how do fish swim?
  • what do fish eat?
  • what makes a fish a fish?
  • how can we work out which fish is which?
Wikipedia, howstuffworks, enchanted learning (for activity sheets) and this fishy site have been really helpful.  We're also working on an under-the-sea scene and I'll post some pictures at the end of the week.

So there you are.  The internet makes home-schooling much easier.  However, I'm not sure I could keep up this pace for much longer and am hoping Glen comes back from town this evening with a parcel from their teacher in Sydney!

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Dear Naomi...

Over at Equip Book Club this month Naomi Reed and I have been discussing some of the joys and difficulties that come with working in a cross-cultural context, particularly as the issues arise from her book, My Seventh Monsoon.

You might like to read them.

We'd love you to ask questions or to make your own comments and observations!

let's go and ...

fly a kite!

Except that it isn't all that easy when there's no wind.  Which there isn't here.  Unless there's a cyclone around somewhere...

with Uncle Chris

Here are the children, after a busy day, with their Uncle who is
staying with us at the moment.

friends from Sarete

couldn't have done it alone

I have just completed for the first time ever, with my brother, a cryptic crossword (today's SMH)!  Of course, our father, whom we presumed to 'race', finished it loads quicker than the two of us. Still, I'm enjoying a moment of clarity before the fog descends once more on this world of mystery.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

a mother's love

The other day Sophie was unwell and lying in bed. As I tended to her I was overwhelmed with love for her. I think, I thought and my face flushed with guilt, that I love her the most of all my children.

Later, music was playing and Matthew took my hands and said, "Let's dance, Mum". As we danced I was overwhelmed with love for him. I think, I thought, that I love him the most. And I felt guilty.

When Bethany came home, she ran inside, flung her arms around my neck and hugged me. I was overwhelmed with love for her and thought, I love her so much I must love her more than the others.

And then I laughed. All of these feelings in one day.

I love all of them the most!