What you don't know about me!

Now that I have made some new friends in Blogland I thought some of you may enjoy hearing about other areas of my life.

I read- 

In 2010 I read 27 novels.  My favourite was "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.
In 2012 I read 14 novels.  My favourite was "Light Between Oceans"
I only read 10 novels in 2013, but 18 in 2014. "Rosie's Project" was my recent favourite!
In 2015 I read 15 books, with "Girl on the Train" being the standout.

I go to the movies-

In 2010 I went to 52 movies (one for every week of the year).  My favorite was "I Am Love", with Tilda Swinton.
In 2012 I went to 45 movies.  My favourite was "The Intouchables".
In 2013 I saw 29 movies. My fav was "Philomena".
In 2014 I saw 24 movies- I guess we are seeing more on Foxtel that before!
In 2015 I saw 31 movies- much better offering this year! "The Martian" and "Star Wars" were at the top of my 'favourites' this year.

I cycle a road bike on the road-

In 2010 I went on 62 'road trips' totally over 3,000 km.  I cycled in New Zealand as well as Beach Road, the Dandenongs and the Great Ocean Rd here in Victoria, Australia.
In 2011 I did 14 bike rides in the Pyrenees of France, as well as many in Victoria, Australia.
In 2012, I didn't ride enough, even though I got a new bike!
My husband had a bike accident in 2014 so I haven't been riding enough! 
Started riding more in the Spring of 2015, hardly missing a weekend in four months!

I am a school teacher-

This year I taught Year 7 but I have taught children from Grade 1 up for the last 30 + years.
In 2012 I taught Year 8's both Science and Humanities.
In 2015 I am teaching three year 7 Science classes

I live at a school-

My husband is the caretaker of a big private school and we live on-site!  It has its advantages (lots of outside space, a pool and gym, and an amazing view!) but disadvantages too (interruptions, a small flat, no privacy!) 

I love to travel-
I have been to Europe four times in recent years- 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2014. My husband and I love hiring a car and driving around rural France! Spain is pretty special too.
I have been to New Zealand twice (2005 and 2009)-once to drive around the south island and the second time to cycle with my friends at Lake Taupo. The best walk I have ever done was the twenty kilometre Tongariro Alpine Crossing!
I have also been to Malaysia and Vietnam (2006)
I snorkelled on the Great Barrier Reef in 2014.
We have also travelled extensively around Australia. In recent times we have cycled in the Grampians in western Victoria (2016), had a road trip around Tasmania (also in 2016), and visited Far North Queensland in 2015 when we had to come home early because of an impending cyclone!    

Come back occasionally - I'll update when there is something interesting to add!
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