Our Grade 1 and 2 students are looking at wool and where it comes from. I took some photos on my visit to the farm on which I grew up and would like to share them. This is the way sheep shearing is done in country Victoria, Australia. The last three images are out of order. Can you find where they should go? The farm is now the property of my cousins, Roger and Bryan Hickson of Muskerry East, near Bendigo, Victoria.
Our camera, a Canon 5D, is a pleasure to use and it is always a pleasure to show our students images of Art works which I have seen while on holidays. The Chef sculpting with chocolate was in the foyer of the Shangri La hotel in Dubai, the metal bird was in the garden of the Old Granary House Bed and Breakfast near York in the UK and the portraits are in Castle Howard which is also near York.
I had often wondered what the inside of a mosque would be like. In Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates I had the chance to visit the very large and beautiful Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Here are just some of the photos we took to show the incredible work which has produced the very ornate stucture and furnishings. The enormous carpet was hand made by between 1,200- 1,300 carpet knotters in Iran using New Zealand and Iranian wool . The seven chandeliers are made from millions of Swarovski Crystals. Marble mosaics adorn the walls and the courtyard. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre welcomes visitors. Having the opportunity to experience this part of Middle Eastern culture was a highlight of our trip to the UAE.
While waiting for some finished Art work to photograph I am adding a few of my holiday photos to this blog in the hope that there is learning in observing. The photos were taken in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates while the schoolgirls and the World’s Fastest Roller Coaster are at Ferrari World outside Abu Dhabi. The largest Mosque in the UAE is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque which is also in Abu Dhabi.
Since I was last at school I had the opportunity to travel around the World. We flew from Australia to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and then on to the United Kingdom. We also visited Boston and San Francisco in the USA before travelling home via New Zealand. We have over 1,100 photgraphs so it will be difficult to post just a few to represent our holiday. Today I’m posting 14 photos, two from each of seven categories, scenery, vehicles, animals, birds, flowers, buildings and people. Among these photos see if you can find the Hurdy Gurdy, Old Ironsides, the fledgling, The Golden Gate Bridge, the World’s second tallest building, the Air Ambulance and Castle Howard. There are many more photos to come.
Students in Victoria, Australia have just begun two weeks of school holidays at the end of Second Term. Students in the Northern Hemisphere, where I am holidaying, are about to begin their long Summer Holidays. I hope that all students, and their teachers will enjoy a well deserved rest from school but not from learning.Today I am adding a few more photos from our holidays which I am hoping will provide enjoyment and inspiration to readers from around the World.