A Father’s Day Gift

My husband is not easy to find gifts for – as my children agree. However, I often find an acceptable present for him while roaming the shelves at my local bookstore. My husband now knows that I do this as he always guesses what my gift is (he is, of course, aided by the shape of the offering!). He guessed correctly on Sunday that I had bought him a bibliography – though he could not guess whose. He was happy to see that I offered him one on Bruce Lee – someone whom he has admired for years. The author did his research for 10 years and it looks like he was thorough.

My husband’s guesses made me smile. After being together so long, he definitely knows many of my choices. I think now he would be disappointed if I did not find an interesting book for him to read!

What has made you to smile during the last week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

Staff Appreciation Lunch

Last week Wednesday, the parent council at our school organised the annual staff appreciation lunch. Each year we gather in the library at lunch time and eat the hot lunch that the parents have organised for us. The food is always delicious, and the chats at each table enjoyable. It is not often that the staff as a whole get together to eat. The atmosphere was relaxed in spite of the work waiting for us in the classrooms.

The lunch was definitely something to smile about last week. 🙂

What caused you to smile last week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

A Missed Opportunity

Yesterday I was manning the desk at the Kindergarten Orientation table and registering parents and their children as they came in. Between moments while waiting for people to arrive, I realised that the decorations on the table would make a perfect backdrop to some photos showcasing my books.

I could not help but smile. Since starting my bookstagram account on Instagram, I am often thinking of different ways to present the books I read.

Do you sometimes see the perfect photo background?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

Square in September: A Sunset

As we were eating supper last night my daughter, who is able to see out of the window, mentioned what a a beautiful colour the sky was. I, of course, grabbed my iPad to capture the colours. These are the photos with no filters:

It is not often the sky is streaked with pink – and we were glad to have seen it.

Did you notice the sunset last night?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

Square in September: A Sitting Room in Pink

During our visit to Paris, we spent a day at the Chateau de Versailles, one of the well-known palaces of the Sun King, Louis XIV. When visiting the Grand Trianon, a retreat built by Louis XIV for his mistress at the time, we were not surprised by the opulence of the rooms. One of the sitting rooms was decorated with fabrics of a deep cerise pink.

A sitting room in the Grand Trianon at the Chateau de Versailles. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

One can imagine the King and his mistress, the Marquise de Montespan, entertaining their friends in this room.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

Square in September: Pink Blooms in Luxembourg

It is a cold, blustery day today with the threat of rain hanging in the sky. I cannot help but think back on the warm days of summer in Paris and the time I spent with my family. On one of the days we spent in the beautiful city, we went to the Luxembourg gardens to see the park. We loved the beautiful flowers which were a perfect accompaniment to the view of buildings many hundreds of years old.

Looking at the sun-filled and colourful photographs reminds me that summer will come around again in 10 months.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

Aerial City Views

The new offices of Harper Collins Publishers Canada is near the waterfront in Toronto. The elevator in the building is controlled by the woman manning the front desk and, when I visited the publishing house, she sent me right up to the 41st floor. I was ushered into the room where the author meet was to take place (see my post here) and I was swept away by what I saw through the windows. The day was a clear Spring day with no fog. The time was 5:45pm. The views were stunning!

The windows were full length and offered an uninhibited view of the city. How lucky to be working there with the opportunity to see those views everyday. I was certainly glad to have had the chance to see them myself.

Have you seen aerial views of a city? Which city was it? Feel free to add a photo in the comments.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

The Changing Seasons: February 2018

During the month of February, we experienced quite a bit of snow. Many mornings when I opened the curtains, I would be greeted by the following scene:

Early Morning Cityscape during Winter © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

The air outside looked chilly – and it was. Each morning we bundled up in layers and trudged to our destinations. The playground at the school where I work was covered in snow. Icicles dropped down from the eaves. Winter seemed set to stay.

We did enjoy the snow while we had it, though. The crisp air and the pristine whiteness of the winter landscape is always a pleasure to behold.

February is almost over – and it appears that winter may be too. The last few days the temperatures have been mild and the rain has washed away the last remaining snow and ice. I am looking forward to the change and look forward to storing my winter boots.

What weather did you experience during February?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post was inspired by the Monthly Challenge: The Changing Seasons)

A Sweet Valentine

I don’t do much in my classroom for Valentine’s Day but we do make cards. This year, my colleague came up with a cute idea for parent cards which I thought I would try out. On a piece of card, the children carefully used cotton buds to create hearts with tempura paint. The cards were addressed to both parents. Those children whose parents are separated, I asked to make two cards – one for mom and one for dad.

At the end of the day, the children were kind to one another as they exchanged their cards.  Each year it is a pleasure for me to watch them open one another’s cards and read the little messages inside. The children never forget me and I always have my own cards to read and chocolate hearts to enjoy.

Teacher Valentines. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Valentine’s Day is a sweet time of year. Not only because chocolates are exchanged; but also because the sentiment behind the giving is one of caring.

Did you receive something sweet for Valentine’s Day?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to the WordPress weekly photo challenge. The prompt this week is Sweet.)

 

View from a Classroom

As you all know, the windows in my classroom were changed during the Summer. The new panes are not covered by a thick mesh, hindering my view of the outside. Instead, the new window protectors are thin and barely noticeable.

View from a Classroom Window. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

The view from my window has also changed. Now I see the new play structure and the green of the pristine soccer field and running track. When I work from my desk in my classroom, I can enjoy the sight of children at play as well as the pleasing aesthetic of the newly renovated grounds.

What do you see through your window at work?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post is a response to the weekly WordPress photo challenge. This week the prompt is: windows)