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I did some writing this morning so just before lunchtime I drove through the tunnel to Seatoun and went to Point Dorset for a walk and I took my camera. If you have Google Earth and type in Point Dorset Wellington NZ you will see the coastline I was following *g*
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I took some photos, so I'll do a cut and I was completely alone there! The tide was out for the first time since I've been there, it's usually wild crashing waves. And I have to admit, I get very excited by rock pools and the rocky shore. I stopped thinking about how alone I was and started getting into the rock pools, and once I got my vision clued in, I could see paua shells, huge sea snails, and amazing seaweed, and then OMG sea anemones, huge ones, and after watching them for ten minutes or more, I felt like I was back in time, to an age before people. I took photos, of course... I'll pop a couple in
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And another sea anemone
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Here are two chiton looking like tigers *g*
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And a mussell family!
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The beach is framed by huge cliffs and I was just there all by myself on the edge of the world... and then my cell phone rang! It was the young teacher from school. She said, 'what are you doing?' I said, 'I'm taking photos at the beach, what are you doing?' and there was a long silence and then she started to cry. 'I can be there in five minutes' I said. 'Can you? It's a big ask.'
It was, I had to jog back round the rugged little bays to the car LOL! I stopped on the way to take this one
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But I got there in eight! She was hiding in the bathroom, still crying, so I took her home and let her talk for half an hour until the bell was going to go for afternoon classes. Poor girl. She needs friends there, fun, support, not all the crap that's going down there, AS USUAL. What a damned hole that place can be... but you onw what? I still had a great day!!! A wonderful day, there is so much wonder to be found in a rock pool!

Oh and Hi Andrea - *waves to Andrea* xxx

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vivh
Mar. 22nd, 2007 07:10 am (UTC)
Really glad you had a wonderful day, the beach is a great place to go! The boys and I often escaped to the beach when the house started to feel too small! I love rock pools they are so full of hidden treasures - my all time highlight was finding an octopus, well several actually, in the rock pools in the Port Ahuriri part of Napier. Your photos are lovely, I really wanted to feel the cool refreshing water on my hands, and to crouch over one of those pools watching the microcosm within...
I hope my Thursday is as wonderful as yours!!
natesmountain
Mar. 22nd, 2007 07:44 am (UTC)
Ooh, I'd forgotten about that shell icon!

I did have a great day, and even though I didn't do much housework, I don't think it mattered. I feel a lot better *g*
And the rock pools were just amazing. Each bay is so different in Wellington, with different sea life, different seaweed, different rocks even. The rocks today are splattered with a pale pink covering of some sort. And just a few bays round, you get the red rocks! At Breaker Bay you get crabs, but at Seatoun Beach you get sunset shells and Morning Stars! It's just so fascinating. There is a beach in Mount Maunganui, where I took your icon pic, that is metres deep in whole shells! Lots of clams, and we don't get those down here!

I'm glad you liked the pics. And I do hope you have a wonderful Thursday too.
vivh
Mar. 22nd, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)
I think beaches are endlessly fascinating, as you say, each bay has its own personality...
And the sea itself is so restoring, its vastness takes us to other places, beyond ourselves somehow...it promises refreshment and freedom... beauty and power..yeah I really like being by the sea!!
natesmountain
Mar. 22nd, 2007 09:33 am (UTC)
-And the sea itself is so restoring, its vastness takes us to other places, beyond ourselves somehow...it promises refreshment and freedom... beauty and power..yeah I really like being by the sea!!
It was definitely restorative for me today.
And being all by myself almost on the end of the world, not a single person in sight for half an hour, definitely refreshing. And I felt the desire to forge ahead being rekindled inside me.
greenpizzazz6
Mar. 23rd, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Sounds like a wonderful little trip, and I love the pictures!
It's too bad you had go back to the school, but I'm glad you had a good day in spite of it!
natesmountain
Mar. 23rd, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
Great icon!!!! Wonderful!

-Sounds like a wonderful little trip, and I love the pictures!
Great. Thanks. I think it's just so amazing that this is all five minutes from my house.
greenpizzazz6
Mar. 23rd, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
Great icon!!!! Wonderful!
lol...thanks. One of my favorite Grey's lines!
natesmountain
Mar. 23rd, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
-lol...thanks. One of my favorite Grey's lines!
Really? Cool! I like it. Christy has one of the wrist bands - but the 'normal' version LOL!
greenpizzazz6
Mar. 23rd, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have one of the wrist bands too, without the extra word in there. That moment on Grey's Anatomy always makes me laugh though, because at the time Izzie is really mad at Alex, but she helps him out anyway because, as she says, "It's what Jesus would freakin' do!"
It seems a little wrong to add the extra word in, but it makes me see that even when you hate someone, you still have to do the right thing!
natesmountain
Mar. 24th, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
I'm tempted to make you a new wrist band, WWJFD!!! Hmmm, wonder how I can do that... ooh, yeah, I know! Watch your mailbox in about a trillion days *g*
greenpizzazz6
Mar. 24th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
lol...alright, sounds good.
moth2fic
Mar. 23rd, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
Such lovely pictures! I might use one (or more) as desktops if that's OK - I've just hijacked Viv's Liverpool sunrise for the same purpose!

Glad you were able to help the young teacher, and that you were able to get some writing done in the morning!.
natesmountain
Mar. 24th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
Thanks, and sure, use whatever you like. I'd be honoured *g*

-Glad you were able to help the young teacher
I'm just devastated that it's going so badly. It's so unfair for her, the whole situation really. She just wants to do a good job and the children from the next class are ruining that, and ruining her kids too. She's totally frustrated. And really, it's not my business to be helping her. I don't think it's exactly appropriate... *shrug* but what can I do when she calls like that!
moth2fic
Mar. 24th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Well obviously the school or someone in authority should be helping her but she also needs personal support and you are ideal as you've 'been there, done that' but don't encourage her too much. You need to distance yourself from the problems that caused you so much grief and she needs to rely on someone who is either more 'neutral' or who can actually do something about it all. Maybe have her over and give her a happy lunch hour with nice eats and lots of chat about other things - that will help her get through the day.
natesmountain
Mar. 25th, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)
-You need to distance yourself from the problems that caused you so much grief and she needs to rely on someone who is either more 'neutral' or who can actually do something about it all.
Yeah, good points there, Mothy. I never say to her, 'you need to leave' or anything, but I encourage her to say what she needs. And yeah, I'll try to help her through her day now and then without getting too locked into her grief! BTDT!
moth2fic
Mar. 26th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Well I'm obviously teaching my grandmother how to suck eggs! (Do you have that saying in NZ?) But make sure you don't get sucked into a vortex of grief and anger - it's all too easy, even if you think you know all the pitfalls! (((hugs))))
natesmountain
Mar. 26th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
-Well I'm obviously teaching my grandmother how to suck eggs!
Nah, I can always use advice, it all helps to make better decisions. And yeah, we have that saying here!)

And I feel oddly detached from the school, so I don't think her suffering is going to affect me too much! It's just not my place any more. Sad but true.
moth2fic
Mar. 27th, 2007 08:57 am (UTC)
If really true, it isn't sad. It means you're healing!
natesmountain
Mar. 27th, 2007 09:02 am (UTC)
-If really true, it isn't sad. It means you're healing!
And excellent way of looking at it.
She emailed me today to help her find a job. I emailed back a couple of jobs but suggested she hang in there if she can, until she's registered. She agreed to try!
moth2fic
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
She needs to be really careful if she's in what we call her probationary year. She should really get union advice. Do you have good teaching unions? And is she a member of one? That's me talking with my union hat on - I did a lot of union work for years!
natesmountain
Mar. 27th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Well, she must be in the union now, surely. One teacher is acting head, one is Board rep, that only leaves her to be the union rep LOL!

Our primary tchrs union always listens nicely but they're not very strong. I think I'll join the PPTA this year, the secondary tchrs one! They are fiery!! I was amazed at the difference.
moth2fic
Mar. 27th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
Our unions aren't as specific here - the same people deal with primary and secondary. I think that makes them stronger. There's more than one union, with different philosophies, but that won't 'translate' to the NZ scene so I won't go into details. It's a pity she can't get good help from them.
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