Bring in the new

Spring is here and the world around me is blossoming and blooming. I don’t remember a spring like this since 2004 when I travelled for a single day to Edinburgh from Dublin. I arrived to spring sunshine, blue skies, freshly mowed grass and flowers whose scent filled the air – a stark change from the stark and gloomy Ireland I’d left just an hour before.

I love the passing of the seasons, they signify a change in priorities and channel my energies. Spring and Autumn are my favourites here in Wagga. They are mild, comfortable, breezy and bright. They coax you outside, to wander and wonder at the world around you, to take delight and pleasure in the natural world. Winter is just cold and grey and summer is too hot and dazzling.

So this spring is an awakening from what seems like a long winter. With a new baby we’ve been more insular this year. It feels like we’ve been hibernating more than any other year – excluding a few northern hemisphere winters.

When the sun is as bright as it has been this weekend it draws you out like a moth to a flame. The last two days seem to have been crammed full of activity and movement which I have loved, squeezed and treasured. We had our first babysitting date that resulted in our first child and distraction free meal in 8 months. We walked and basked in the sun and the scent of blossoms and I have been in awe at the display of colours this spring – it has been so many years since I have seen the town exude such fertility and virility. We ate outdoors, quaffed wine, enjoyed  an afternoon G&T, a cider on ice and sipped coffee in the sun.

While I don’t think the forecast is set to last, it’s weekends like this that make life worth living. I welcome Spring with open arms and welcome in the new!

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Update to About page

Whoa, realised I need to update my blog more often – so I’ve updated my About page. I’ve added a nice new pic and new sections for Publications and Presentations.

A recent addition to my professional life is the need for a Publications section when my first co-authored paper was published. I’ll hopefully have two more additions before the years out with a bit of luck!

I’ve put up a couple of my old Presentations, but it’s coming up to conference season, otherwise known as November, so I’ll be working on a few presentations over the next couple of months – which I’ll post here too.

Why all the posts?

Hey I’ve been lazy and left the blog untouched for a while. Not unloved or forgotten – I’ve still been writing, just not publishing. I’ve finally got a few moments to re-read, edit and hit the publish button.

And what a time and place to do it – my first Fathers Day as a Dad and in spring weather that arrived on time so I can sit out in the sun in my unkept backyard – who’s wildness only adds to the pleasure and personification of Spring!

Moving the Blog

Just a quick note to let you know that I’ll be moving some of the content here to a new blog being set up for the mobile learning project.

I’ll be renaming this blog and focusing more on my personal opinions. The new blog will focus on mobile technology and the mobile learning project I’ll be heading up.