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Magpie's Nest
Central West Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Leading a Fast Life in the Slow Lane & Ageing with Grace under Fire.
Interests: Started a Phd in English/History/Colonial Law. Healthy Ageing + Blogging + Writing + Reading + Researching + Knitting + Gardening + Travelling + Hobby ceramics.
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We cleared out Dad's room at the aged care home two days after he died. I kept Mum busy in her room by including her in a phone conversation about funeral arrangements, but her concentration span is very short and thankfully my daughter was there to distract her hoarder Nanna... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at ThePhDNeophyte
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Dear Followers and Visitors. Some Dear Soul Busybody has reported to Facebook that 'MadMagpiesNest' is not the active sales place it purports to be! I am a home-based craftsperson NOT a shop! Steer me towards a category for that please dear Facebook! After months of being preoccupied and involved with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
Regrets. I've had a few, and this is one of them. What's in a Facebook name change? Plenty! Far too much! It's driving me insane. Shakespeare was wrong, wrong, wrong, just plain wrong. A rose by any other name does not smell as sweet. In fact it may be as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Magpie's Nest
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Future-proofing citation data is not just for neophytes like me. It's for all academics working out there. My question is, and it's asked with the genuine innocence of a child, "How did we end up with so many different academic styles?". Truly people, this is absolutely ridiculous. @johank76 pointed to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at ThePhDNeophyte
In my online blog Persona of 'the Mad Magpie in the Nest', I have performed a search strategy this week, simply looking for the social media footprints of academic staff in my forest, both at my specific mother-ship university and in my PhD field. Like Hansel and Gretel, I have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at ThePhDNeophyte
It is 3.41 pm. I'm lying here in bed, Autumn sun is light-fingering it's way through the lace curtains on to the doona. I'm holding the iPad mini with one hand and typing with my tight hand wondering what my physio might say about the torn tendon and my shoulder... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Magpie's Nest
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Of course I 'Feel like a Goose'! It's not so much that I'm a techno-dinosaur, but more that I'm a TwitterNeophyte. L-platter. How do I explain? These online identities are so exhausting and you lot who got it right first off - congratulations! I'm an English teacher! I had to... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at ThePhDNeophyte
This fledgling now has two magpies in the attic and is involved in selling the ancestral magpie nest, which involves clearing it out because none of we chicks lives within cooee of the main nest anymore. I have observed that at this point in time the world divides itself into... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at The Magpie In the Attic
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This 'sketch' and the Vlog I made in the last post reminds me that I am feeling every bit of the six odd decades that I have survived. My face and voice records a life lived with bouts of poor health, two encounters with different cancers, a burst colon, some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at ThePhDNeophyte
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This blog is so very aptly named 'The Phd Neophyte". Even with the support of the Facebook PhD Owls behind me, we are all at various stages on our Phd journey. And at this stage of my particular journey and on my blog I have a decision to make. How... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at ThePhDNeophyte
Here's the link. I've got to be quick. Just so you know what I'm up to. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Magpie's Nest
In the tradition of Reflective Learning and the contemporary educational foray into online-networking, in my physical isolation as a rural part-time newbie PhD student at the age of 63 and two months, I officially began the start of my PhD yesterday. I am deeply indebted to my membership of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at ThePhDNeophyte
Apparently even the UN is grappling with the problem of what on earth we humans will do if robots take away our entire reason for being - our paid work. Quelle horreur! Yes, folks, they're worried that we're all in such a capitalist economic rut that no one can fix... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2016 at Magpie's Nest
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February 1st marked the official opening of my online store. You can pop in via the link on the left or via the link here. If you look in the albums at the side you can see some of the outfits I've gifted. And those I've put in the shop.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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The Mad Magpie in this Nest flies far and wide searching for delectable, high quality fabrics and beautiful, eye-catching designs to dress the Australian Girl Doll. Keywords for this Magpie are quality, luxury, individual design, vintage fabrics, funky accessories, unusual haberdashery items and anything that glitters or strikes an unusual... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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Look for 'Mr Finch' on Facebook or Google him. He's an exceptional textile artist and I find him inspirational. Two or more years ago I saw his idea for using old brass ashtrays to make pincushions so I bought the bits and pieces and threw them in the cupboard. Of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at MyFabricatedNest
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Spandex leggings and raglan sleeved tops are easy and fun for girls to move in. Fashionable and funky colours teamed with tutus so a girl can twirl and leap and pose and climb. There's a choice, Shabby or Not. Precious is for those girls who have to worry about where... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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Emily and Jasmine share a musical-themed Opera House-winged summer dress, but Emily gets to keep it! Jasmine doesn't mind because she knows that there are similar ones on the cutting table! Tutus at the moment and leggings. #australiangirldoll #australiangirldollmadmagpiesnest #madmagpiesnest My Quality Assurance Team member Felicity, photographed her sister's doll... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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'Wonderflex Yarn Craft Centre', Malvern Rd, Malvern. Melbourne. Victoria. I have never seen such variety in wool and needles! Here I am knitting an Aran jumper for the Australian Girl doll and having made enough mistakes to understand the pattern I decide I need to go up a size in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Magpie's Nest
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It is not necessary and not a rule that we all have to channel our interests and enthusiasms into one tunnel. "What do you want to be when you grow up?" we are relentlessly asked almost from birth, it seems. Who made those rules? And who says that we have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Magpie's Nest
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Jasmine is relaxing at home, bouncing around on the history of Lego, as one does when one can get away with it. Her purple leggings stretch and move with her. The little top has press fastenings at the back to make it easier for little fingers to help her change.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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Frills. Czech glass bugle bead bling. Matching headbands. Lots of detailing. Beautiful pure cotton prints. It's all there to delight the heart of those who give and those who receive. I've raided my patchwork fabric stash. I couldn't help myself. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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Actually, I am #madmagpiesnest, but that seems redundant now because if I collapse it altogether then you can find me and my madly creative outpourings. I have been sew busy cobbling and binding and threading away that I forgot to let you know what's been happening. I've been making leggings... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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Who knew that this is what I'd find creative and stretching and fun on my 63rd birthday? Sooooooo, the MadMagpiesNest label of doll's clothes is what I hope to launch in early February as soon as I've amassed enough stock and ironed out enough technical challenges. I'm brand new to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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The CRAFT market. The ONLINE craft market community. I've been doing my research over the past few months and doing lots of thinking and wondering and talking and observing and as an outlet for my creativity, this is how I am facing 2016. I chose an Australian handmade community that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest