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My class trip...

Well, I promised a few pics of our journey around some churches. Photobucket is taking an age to change the sizes of my very big pics, so I'll be patient... or you may just get big pics. I'll do a cut anyway. And sometimes what is a big pic here when I go to bed, has become small in the morning. But I guess big is better to see anyway *shrug*
Anyway, a cut
This is our first church, a neoGothic Catholic church in the centre of town, St Mary of the Angels. I love this one - this is the front:
St Marys of the Angels
and this is the interior
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And this is us outside in the reflection of the new glass building opposite. Rex was taking the pic, and Manson, who is fairly small, jumped up to get in the pic *g*
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Then we walked a fair way to get to our Catholic Cathedral, a Pantheon styled neoRenaissance basilica, Sacred Heart - I never liked this church, and it was my school church for years. I like the cabbage trees at the side!
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And this is the interior
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And the side chapel (which is new and much more tasteful IMHO!)
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Then we went down the road to the Anglican Cathedral which I don't like much at all, but has a lovely old and tiny side chapel rescued from somewhere - this is one window - I adore this chapel. (If I died and had no friends, I'd like my funeral here - unfortunately, right now, I know a LOT of people who'd probably come to my funeral and we sure wouldn't fit in here!)
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This cathedral does have a wall mural of famous and wonderful NZ women which I heartily approve of! You can see me in the reflection!
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And finally we walked down to Old St Paul's - not used as a parish church but very popular for weddings and suchlike. You can see my arm... the pic is a bit blurry - I have NO idea who took this pic, it wasn't me! one of my students...
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It was a fun trip.
And since then I have been working so hard. I haven't been to bed before midnight for two weeks, I think. And I have a really sore shoulder and my AP and DP (assistant and deputy principals) ganged up on me like they did last term and made me go to the physio. I went this morning, scared witless. She said I'm extremely tense and she tried to 'loosen me up' and I have to go back on Tuesday *snort* obviously not loose enough yet.

I have more to share but I'll come back later. This is long enough already!
I have missed talking to you all so much. From next Tuesday, things get a LOT better for me as our final term winds down. My seniors all left yesterday.
Let's look forward to quieter times for me and more chatting with you all!!

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hannahfmuk
Nov. 15th, 2008 10:17 am (UTC)
Wow, what fantastic photos! And I love the mural of famous NZ women - more places should have more things like that.

Have a good weekend, and I hope you manage to loosen up soon :)
natesmountain
Nov. 15th, 2008 10:58 am (UTC)
Thanks. It's fun with senior students because I could let them take a few photos and they weren't silly about it.

-Have a good weekend, and I hope you manage to loosen up soon :)
Thanks again! It's always been a kind of response to stress, but this time it's just damned annoying! I have to say to myself, 'drop the shoulders, drop the shoulders and relaaaaaaax'!

Great to hear from you and thanks again for the postcards, they did contribute another whole dimension to the class. It's a very multicultural class so postcards are not even in their frame of reference for some of them!
blue_leaf
Nov. 15th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
Beautiful, thanks for sharing Jen. I like the inside of Sacred Heart, especially the old style painting above the altar. I am with you and don't care much for the outside, but the inside just gave me a peaceful, warm and inviting feeling.
I did like the Anglican side chapel very much too. LOL, yes I love small and intimate places of worship.
God Bless you my friend, and I am looking forward to more pictures :0)
natesmountain
Nov. 15th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
That's interesting that you liked the Sacred Heart one. It has certainly be done up since I was at high school there, but it's just not my taste. I like early rustic stuff, I guess Byzantine would be my choice of architecture of all the periods we studied! Must be the Arab in me?!

-I did like the Anglican side chapel very much too. LOL, yes I love small and intimate places of worship.
Oh I ADORED that one. I'm going back to take some better pics some time in the holidays. It's TINY.

-God Bless you my friend, and I am looking forward to more pictures :0)
GBY (that's God Bless You - I figured we can use a shortcut of our own LOL) too, and thanks for swinging by!
ringbark
Nov. 15th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
obviously not loose enough yet

You keep going back there till you're a loose woman...oh, wait...that's not what I meant...

Looks like a great trip.

natesmountain
Nov. 15th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
-You keep going back there till you're a loose woman...oh, wait...that's not what I meant...
Yeah, right!!! *g* wait 'til I tell them that one at work!

-Looks like a great trip.
I never took a class out before in this particular job - I'm surprised what fun it was!
margaret_r
Nov. 17th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
Lovely photos. It looks like you had a good time and enjoyed your outing. Hope you've had a resful weekend - not long to Tuesday now and a hopefully more peaceful life!
natesmountain
Nov. 17th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
Ooh is that a scarab?
-not long to Tuesday now and a hopefully more peaceful life!
Just got home and yes, I have finished my Professional Development session!! I ran it, it went well, OMG I am so relieved. NOW things will start to get peaceful, even with junior reports to write.
And thanks. Nice to have you stop by *g*
margaret_r
Nov. 17th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
Ooh is that a scarab?
Yes, it's a pic from an Egyptian exhibition that was in Adelaide a while ago.
Nice to have you stop by *g*
It's nice to drop in*g* Unfortunately it's sometimes a few days before I actually get a chance to check my lj so I often miss out on posts and sometimes feel it's too late in the day to make comments, but I do like to try and keep in touch where I can.

Glad you have finished with the hard stuff (Professional Development sounds vey serious!). Enjoy your relax time:-)
natesmountain
Nov. 18th, 2008 10:12 am (UTC)
-Unfortunately it's sometimes a few days before I actually get a chance to check my lj so I often miss out on posts and sometimes feel it's too late in the day to make comments
I don't think time matters much on LJs like ours where we are all really busy with so many things in our lives. Any time is a good time to say 'hey'!

-Enjoy your relax time:-)
I am trying to get to the 'relax' time. Still not there yet LOL! But I just drafted my last junior report so here's hoping!
vivh
Nov. 17th, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
I love the photos - thanks!
Some of those churches are familiar, some not... I visited Wellington churches with a class of students once... mine was a positive experience too! - Some really interesting srories about their history!
natesmountain
Nov. 18th, 2008 10:14 am (UTC)
-I visited Wellington churches with a class of students once.
Was that with Stream or was it some other kind of school?

I'm glad to offer something familiar to you - good old Wellington landmarks!
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