Frangipani Dreaming

Frangipani Dreaming – June Perkins

Dear Daughter is teaching me how to use parts of the photoshop program that I don’t know very well.  There are lots of online videos, and classes you can go to, but I love that my daughter can teach me.

She’s learning it at school, but experiments a lot in the programs too and has developed her own short cuts.

She practices instruction now on me, and is naturally patient.  She is enthusiastic, excited and generous, and wants to let me know handy tips.

The above image  ‘Frangipani Dreaming’ is two photographs overlaid, with some art treatments,  shifting of layers and making of transparencies.

She taught me about doing things with the edges of photographs.  I did that but still have to work on internalising that technique.

I enjoy learning from watching, doing, and practicing.

They were both strong images to begin with.  They could happily exist non photoshopped but I like the feeling of the overlay.

For now I am going to practice with our first lesson elements and do them until I can remember them by heart!

I am teaching her to blog and might teach her some of the guitar and things about the camera I know if she’d like me to.  I have a feeling she is going to experiment with all of these things and  tell me things I don’t know about them all at some point.

Still I have lots of wisdom to impart about many things, and a lived life that she can learn from.

Now my next request is for her to teach her bubu (grandmother) how to skype!


Do you have a teacher that inspires you?


Yours in technology adventures,


Murray Upper Cultural Day: A Photo Essay

Recently my son’s school went for a cultural day with some local Elders.

The day began with a Welcome to Country.

Welcome to Country – June Perkins

The children broke into smaller groups and some went for a rainforest walk to learn about the plants.

It rained on the way so some of the students made hats out of leaves.

Elder Talking about Plants – June Perkins

The children learnt about weaving.  They had to watch carefully.

Weaving Elder – June Perkins

Some made a very good attempt at it.  A few managed, with some assistance, to nearly finish small baskets.

Weaving – by June Perkins

Then a yummy damper, made by the Elders for lunch, was enjoyed by all. It was topped with syrup.

Every single piece went.

Cutting up Damper - June Perkins
Cutting up Damper – June Perkins

The children shared their fruit with the Elders and also teacher aides made the Elder’s warm cuppas as they worked with the children.

Reciprocity is important!

Elder Weaving & Cuppa - June Perkins

The children  attempted to make smoke, traditional style, and mainly made their hands warm!  No chance of any fire in the forest.  Lots of rain around too.

Making Smoke - June Perkins
Making Smoke – June Perkins

The children did some painting on bark and paper.  One of the teacher aides put a dot for every child who came on the excursion onto some bark.

She hopes this event happens with even more organisation and participation from community next year.

Bark Painting - June Perkins
Bark Painting – June Perkins

On the way home we all visited the information centre to view some artifacts.   We had to go in, in small groups as it was a small building.

There were some examples of baskets and shields within.


Information Centre- June Perkins
Information Centre- June Perkins

The day ended with a bus trip back to school and time for everyone to reflect on what they had learnt.

A slide show of the trip was shared at school that evening.

A copy of all the photographs, including some not featured here or on the public flickr link is with the school

and parents can ask for them care of the school.

You can see more pictures here  at:  Murray Upper Culture Day