Best Australian Blogs 2013 No 9: Interaction with local real life community

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Having looked at how Sprite’s Site interacts with Social media and online webinars you might like to see how Sprite and her friends interact with our local real life community in Rosebud, Victoria.

Last year Sprite’s Site blog talked about some of the events that made news in Victoria such as the earthquake
In the news https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/in-the-news/

Electricity Smart Meters, pollution in the Yarra River and budget cuts to Victorian education
Pair O’Noids  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/pair-o-noids/

Most of the discussion about happenings in the field of education of gifted students in Victoria and news of conferences and book reviews happens on the Gifted Resources blog http://giftedresources.wordpress.com/ but news of the parliamentary inquiry also appeared on Sprite’s Site at

Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented students https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/victorian-parliamentary-inquiry/
Australia’s love of sport
The Un-Olympics bower https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/the-un-olympics-bower/

Sprite’s Site has recorded our move to Rosebud, settling in and setting up Gifted Resources https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/rosebud/

Rosebud is a very pretty seaside town and I have taken photos of our garden, the beach, the birds, All Saints Anglican church and the main street.
Some of the photos have been used in blog posts already and others are waiting to be used.

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The beach has provided much interest.
We have seen unusual sights like large numbers of black swans feeding in the
kelp beds.
On one occasion there were many jelly like tubes washed up on the beach. A
friend said she thought they were fish egg sacs
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I put ‘jelly tube fish egg sac’ in a Google picture
search and found one picture which looked very similar and mentioned
Rosebud beach. It led to a blog entry at http://residentjudge.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/squishy-things-on-the-beach/

Photos of the beach have been included in posts
We looked at the wood sculptured figures which can been seen on the pavement in the main street of Rosebud in the post
Filing memories https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/filing-memories-2/

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The Rosebud kite festival was discussed at
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/rosebud-kite-festival/

In January Silvers Circus and the Whittingslow Family Carnival came to Rosebud and the Twitter Birds joined in as part of the January Brilliant Chaos Creating challenge. See https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/creating-challenge-january-2013-day-1/ and the six following posts

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Gtstoogies 10: Australian Down Under Delicacies feast
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/gtstoogies10/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/gtstoogies10-2/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/gtstoogies10-3/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/08/29/gtstoogies10-4/

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Rosebud Kite Festival

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“You can tell Sprite…” said the Memory Elephant “that calendars only work to remind you about coming events if you actually remember to look at them!”

The Rosebud Kite Festival is being held today and the Twitter Birds are already having fun but Sprite has not checked the calendar which the Memory Elephant gave her for a New Year gift and may not be aware that it is happening this weekend.

I will check the program of events at http://rosebudkitefestival.com.au/worthy2013/ and may go down to the beach to see it later.

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Wheels within wheels

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As I could have predicted all the characters at Sprite’s Site blog had opinions about what the wheels I used to illustrate my plans for 2013 meant and what they would mean for them personally.

Sprite thought they were very pretty and showed them to the others.

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Tweet and Retweet recognized the wheels as Le Nid Insta D.I.Y. flat pack nest materials for renovating their nest and called in their friends and neighbours to help them with the assembly.
“In MY day…” said Great Aunt Hashtag disapprovingly “we didn’t have all this new-fangled stuff. We gathered our own materials and built it all ourselves.”

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The Memory Elephant said that wheels were very helpful memory devices and brought out collections of pictures created in Shape Collage http://www.shapecollage.com/   – one was a collection of pictures of Gifted Resources and the other was pictures of Rosebud beach.

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The Memory Elephant pointed out a particular photo of one of the strange jelly like tubes that I found on Rosebud beach and reminded me to search Google images and try to identify it.

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I put ‘jelly tube fish egg sac’ in a Google picture search and found one picture which was a match. It led to a blog entry at http://residentjudge.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/squishy-things-on-the-beach/

The Memory Elephant also said that the wheels provided a reminder to add these dates to the calendar and brought out memories of the way Sprite’s Site had celebrated them in the past
Pi Day 14 March https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/pi-day/

International Dot Day 15 September http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/  and
Sprite’s Site celebration https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/international-dot-day-15-september-2010/

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Columbus Cheetah said wheels were great for illustrating acceleration – a subject dear to his heart and Caramel Cat said knitting wool ball wheels were good to bat around the room

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The Dabrowski Dogs also approved of the wheels.
Intellectual was a veritable font of fun facts about the attributes of a circle.
Sensual talked about colour wheels and how different colours affected him. He insisted all the colours had their own smell and texture.
Emotional described the feelings and emotions generated for her by the colours on the colour wheels –happy yellow, active red, sad blue, relaxed green.
Psycho Motor yelped “Frisbee!” and bounced off in pursuit of a red wheel.
Imaginational mentally chose two wheels and joined them together with a lemniscate and sat contemplating them contentedly. After quite a lengthy period of contemplation Imaginational said “I wonder whether the Topiary Tessellation Bird Leaf Tree could wear a wheel and become a Topiary Wheel Tree and whether the Tree Octopus would still visit it if it did.”

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Here are some of the other opinions of the wheels I heard expressed by the characters at Sprite’s Site

Ginger Pony: “I hope you don’t expect me to jump through hoops!”

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Oliver Moremouse: “Yum, cheese wheel!”

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Arachnid:  “New website templates!”

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The Origami Secretary Bird: “Life Balance wheel – Sprite needs one of those!

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Creating Challenge January 2013 Day 7

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Silvers Circus is in town in Rosebud so my challenge response for the January creating challenge on the Brilliant Chaos Group on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/  will be to use my photography and art to create opportunities for the Twitter Birds to experience the circus.

The Twitter Birds are also enjoying the rides at Wittingslow Family Carnival.

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Creating Challenge January 2013 Day 6

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Silvers Circus is in town in Rosebud so my challenge response for the January creating challenge on the Brilliant Chaos Group on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/  will be to use my photography and art to create opportunities for the Twitter Birds to experience the circus.

As well as Silvers Circus http://www.silverscircus.com.au/ and the Flying Trapeze Centre http://www.flytrapeze.com.au/outdoor.htm

Wittingslow Family Carnival http://www.wittingslowamusements.com.au/  is set up on the Rosebud foreshore for the summer holiday period http://www.wittingslowamusements.com.au/carnivals/xmas-carnival.html

This is what their website says

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The Twitter Birds are eager to go on all the rides at the carnival!

Creating Challenge January 2013 Day 5

 

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Silvers Circus http://www.silverscircus.com.au/ is in town in Rosebud so my challenge response for the January creating challenge on the Brilliant Chaos Group on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/  will be to use my photography and art to create opportunities for the Twitter Birds to experience the circus.

Flying Trapeze Centre Australia
http://www.flytrapeze.com.au/outdoor.htm has set up an outdoor rig for conducting flying trapeze classes alongside the Silvers Circus.
Some of the Twitter Birds are brave enough to take a trapeze class!

Creating Challenge January 2013 Day 4

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Silvers Circus http://www.silverscircus.com.au/  is in town in Rosebud so my challenge response for the January creating challenge on the Brilliant Chaos Group on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/  will be to use my photography and art to create opportunities for the Twitter Birds to experience the circus.

Flying Trapeze Centre Australia
http://www.flytrapeze.com.au/outdoor.htm has set up an outdoor rig for conducting flying trapeze classes alongside the Silvers Circus.

This is what their website says

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The Twitter Birds are wondering whether they are brave enough to take a trapeze class.