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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.
Recent Activity
I am so challenged by patterns and fabric instructions. I wanted to make a padded fabric book cover for my young flute teacher who is 31 tomorrow and whose husband has invited us to afternoon tea, I knew that I had two shades of lovely flute fabric and I turned... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at MyFabricatedNest
And it feels sooooooo alienating! Kind people have addressed sympathy cards to me using my hyphenated name and introduced me to strangers using what they think I prefer, and I'm only now working up the strength to tell you all that I was wrong, wrong, wrong. For me at least.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Magpie's Nest
Perhaps it's my father's death; perhaps it's the news of a potential looming shoulder operation in a long line of years of bodily crumbling and chronic pain, but I feel the gloomy, heavy weight of isolation of attempting a PhD at my age and stage quite keenly at the moment.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at ThePhDNeophyte
Is it just me that's been hiding in an academic sinkhole somewhere? I only discovered this fabulous 'sidenote' style today in a paper that I was reading published in 2014. Is it a citation style amongst the plethora that I referred to in a previous blog post? Is it an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at ThePhDNeophyte
I have a dummy! I'm so excited. My whittler whittled his last whittle today and when I looked on my cleaned sewing table, there was a dummy, prone. Many moons ago, before my father became really ill, we had worked out a design for an Australian Girl Doll doll's cothes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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 Jun 18, 2016 at ThePhDNeophyte
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
'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
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