Les nouvelles de l’hémisphère sud

Le temps passe à tout allure. Nous sommes déjà bien avancé en 2021. Une année avec au menu toujours les bouleversements et les incertitudes de la pandémie COVID. Malgré tout, nous sommes bien choyés d’habiter le Queensland ou les dégâts ont été très limités et ou nous pouvons vivre presque normalement. Quelques confinements rapides sinon le port du masque est maintenant nécessaire pour visiter des lieux intérieur mais sans vraiment plus. Nous avons été largement epargnez par les troubles sociaux et les divisions observés ailleurs dans le monde. Nous avons par contre bien hâte de pouvoir entrevoir une ouverture des frontières afin de voir nos êtres chers et de pouvoir voyager librement.

Pendant ce temps, nous essayons d’en profiter le plus possible que ce soit de week-ends court à l’extérieur de la maison dans les environs de Brisbane ou des visites d’amis, ou les deux!

Au courant de l’été et de l’automne, nous avons visiter avec des amis pour un long weekend MacLeay Island, une petite île parmis une série d’îles habités proche de Brisbane. C’était bien tranquille et relaxant avec une vue sur la mer.

MacLeay Island with a view of the bay

Il s’en ait suivit d’un court séjour à Collangatta pour mon anniversaire et aussi d’un autre séjour dans un ressort sur la Gold Coast pour faire changement. Nous n’avons jamais été de grands amateurs de ressorts mais les priorités changes avec des enfants et étant donné les touristes internationaux absents du paysage Australien, il y a de très bon deals. Bien entendu, nous en avons profiter pour faire quelques visites de certains classiques comme le natural bridge ou le Hinze dam qui sont assez pituresque comme site.

Vue de l’appartement au Mantra Coollangatta
Vue sur la plage de Coollangatta
Vue sur l’ocean pacifique de Coollangatta
Coollangatta
Restaurant Japonais – Royal Pines Resort
Royal Pines Resort , Gold Coast
Hinze Dam, QLD
Natural Bridge, QLD

Nous avons visité le spectacle Botanica au jardin botanique de Brisbane en Mai. Un festival de couleur et de lumière au centre ville. Il y avait vraiment beaucoup de gens, presque si tout était normal en fait. Nous sommes également aller a Maleny pour la fête des mères durant le mois de Mai suivit d’une petite promenade au lake baroona pour relaxer et digérer!

Fig Tree énorme dans le jardin botanique de Brisbane

Avec le doux hiver Australien qui s’est installé et après quelques semaines passées à la maison suite à un confinement et une semaine de gastro, nous avons décidés d’enchainer les sortis en nature. Personnellement, j’affectionne particulièrement durant cette période de l’année la région rural à l’Ouest de Brisbane nommé Scenic Rim. Nous avons visité Lake Moogerah avec un couple d’ami que nous avons rencontré via la garderie à Lia pour faire un pic nic en Juin. Fait cocasse, Lia et Gabriela sont aller aux toilettes publiques avant de revenir du lac et il y avait une grenouille dans les toilettes publiques au lac. Bien entendu Gabriela a été effrayé comme à l’habitude et Lia à raconter l’histoire de la grenouille dans les toilettes pendant plusieurs semaines.

Lac Moogerah, QLD

Au courant du mois d’Août, avec quelques amis nous avons loué une maison sur une ferme dans le village de Kerry pour un weekend et profiter du temps plus froid afin de faire un feu de camp à l’extérieur et faire griller des guimauves. Quell plaisir de réchauffer la maison avec un feu de foyez pour se rememorer les soirées hivernales Canadiennes. Juste a côté de la propriété il y avait Albert river et quelques cheveux que nous avons nommés avec le regard amusé de Lia, Larry et Barry. Également au menu était de faire de l’exploration de ce beau coin rural du pays avec une petite randonnée à Lost World et Christmas Creek.

Larry et Barry!
Feu de camp a Kerry, QLD
Brave Lia en randonné à Lost World!
Randonnée à Lost World
Chrismas Creek
En pleine partie de foot!

La semaine suivante nous avons été explorer une ferme de fraise a Wamuran qui fait affaires avec l’entreprise sociale FoodConnect avec laquelle nous obtenons nos fruits et légumes locaux. Les temps sont difficiles pour certaines fermes avec les fermetures de frontières entre états Australiens et la situation difficileen Nouvelles Galles du Sud. Le lendemain, nous avons visités un parc d’attraction avec une nuit en camping de luxe en nature a Paradise Country Farm Stay. Le détour en vallait la chandelle puisque c’était très tranquille et qu’à 45 minutes de chez moi au sud. Encore une fois, feu de camp était au rendez-vous (ou nous nous sommes fait prendre de surprise avec un gros orage sorti de nul part!) mais aussi en bonus une variété de spectacles et d’activités pour Lia tel traire les vaches, recueuillir les oeufs de poules, observer la tonte de moutons, etc. Une belle sortie avec de jeunes enfants.

Parc Thématique Shaun the Sheep a Paradise Country
Parc Thématique Shaun the Sheep a Paradise Country
Parc Thématique Shaun the Sheep a Paradise Country
Nourrir les kangourous a Paradise Country Farm Stay
Glamping à Paradise Country Farm Stay
Glamping a Paradise Country Farm Stay
Quelques minutes avant de ce faire prendre par la pluie et l’orage surprise!

Nous avons également eu la chance de faire du vrai camping pour la première fois en 3 ans a Neurum Creek avec des amis pour le temps d’un weekend. Nous avons pris le vendredi de congé pour faire un long weekend et c’était la fête des pères. C’était un weekend formidable et les les filles ce sont bien amusé. La température était agréable durant le journet fraîche durant la nuit. Il y avait une petite rivieres une petite à côté du site de camping. J’ai même gardé la discipline d’aller faire un park run à 45min du camp le Samedi matin vers 7am. C’était un park run difficile étant donné que c’était sur un vignoble dans un champ plein de côtes! Prochain rendez-vous camping en Novembre.

Comme les filles disaient, c’est de la neige!

Plaisir!

Crème glacé un jour crème glacé toujours!
Guimauve sur le feu de camp

Si ce n’est pas des nombreuses activités, Lia nous tiens toujours bien occupé! C’est un age bien intéressant en fait. Elle grandit rapidement, sont vocabulaires et sa façon de s’exprimer devient de plus en plus riche. Elle devient tranquillement plus autonome aussi, ce qui fait grand plaisir a ses parents! Pour le moment, elle a développé une passion pour la Pat Patrouille (Paw Patrol). Pendant que nous prenions le souper, un soir elle écoutait un émission pour enfant à la télé et il y avait un feu. Je lui pose alors la question: “Lia, que devons nous faire s’il y a un feu?”, elle s’empresse alors de répondre “We need to call the Paw Patrol and Marshall”. J’ai bien rit.

Nous jouons souvent au monstre dans la maison ou à la cachette ensemble à tour de rôle. Lia aime bien nous dire, “ok I will hide here and you count” (je vais me cacher la et toi tu vas compter). Et à tour de rôle qu’on doit se cacher à un endroit spécifique qu’elle aura choisit pendant qu’elle va compter! Dernièrement, elle a développé une obsession pour les pansements (bandaid). Donc à chaque petite égratigure (prononcé owchi en anglais), elle veut un pansement et la c’est toute une histoire pour prendre le bain ou la douche avec un pansement car il ne faut surtout pas que ce soit mouillé! Heureusement, cela n’a pas duré plus que quelques semaines on dirait.

Une autre chose bien comique, c’est le fameux rainbow party de Lia, son party d’anniversaire en quelques choses. Si elle obtient ce qu’elle veut alors la on est invité au rainbow party mais si par example on ne lui donne pas ce qu’elle veut, alors la on ne peut plus y aller. On a observé ce petit “jeu” avec ses amis(ies) aussi à l’occasion.

Je vais terminer ce long article de blogue avec 2 post de la garderie a Lia écrit, en anglais, par une de ses éducatrices préférées, Leighanne.

Lia teaches us about manners 2021-05-25

  • Lia, over the past month in our Health and well being program – we have had a lot of focus on feelings and using our manners when talking to our friends – and today it was very evident that you have been paying attention to what we have been talking about. During our group time – we encourage people to remember to say please and thank you to our friends – and today when you were riding the bike and had been on for a while – i went over to you and said “Lia you will have to hop off the bike soon so one of your friends can have a turn as you have been on the bike for a long time.” Lia then looked at me with a serious face and replied – “when you say please”.  It made me realise that i did not use my manners with her and i thanked her for reminding me – and said “Lia can you please hop off the bike” and she climbed straight off the bike. I thanked Lia for reminding me to use my manners when talking/asking for children to do something – and also was a reminder that Lia is increasing her awareness for the rights and needs of others. What this means Lia is developing an awareness of the rights and needs of others and the importance of using manners and respecting others by asking them to do things nicely. Where to now Encourage Lia to share her ideas of fairness and being nice to others during our group sessions.

Respect for the environment 2021-05-27

  • Over the past few weeks in our Sustainability program – we have been focusing on Global Warming.  Through our learning – we have learnt that through a build up of greenhouse gases – the world is getting hotter – and that we have to take steps to help reduce this. The children have been referring to the buildup of pollution as “yucky air” and i am sure if you ask them they will tell you that it is important to plant more trees, as the trees “eat up the yucky air and give us back cleaner air” – so we have had a lot of conversations about planting trees and preventing trees from being cut down. That brings us to the importance of this learning story – and the reason all class members have been included is that they were all involved in this incident. Yesterday morning – i was inside the room – when Matty came running over to me and urgently telling me “Miss Leighanne you need to come outside” pulling on my sleeve to encourage me to hurry.  I said i need to be inside as there is no teacher here – can someone else help you.  Matty replied “no – they are cutting down the trees” and i looked outside to see the whole class at the fence watching the treeloppers at the school cutting off branches – but to the children – it equalled that they were cutting down the trees. I walked over to the group – and overheard Lia and her peers saying – “the yucky air is coming” and the children were all displaying much concern about the the fact that they were cutting the trees. I asked the group if they thought i should go and talk to the about what they were doing – and everyone was in agreeance that i should go and talk to them.  As i was walking out the gate – Matty started to chant “Leighanne, Leighanne, Leighanne” and soon many of the children were joining in – supporting the fact that i was going to speak to the men about what they were doing and the concern of the group As the children were watching – i needed to ensure they saw i was talking to the men – so i explained to them that we had been talking about global warming and the children were concerned that they were chopping down the trees.  The poor man explained that they were cutting the branches that were affecting the power lines – but i reassured him i understood = but the children were concerned and told him that i would tell them that he was going to replant the branches in a new place that had no trees and that it would help the environment – which i did and the children were very grateful that the man was looking after the environment and planting more trees. I was so very impressed with  all  of our children – it shows how passionate they are about sustainability and their concern and care for both the environment and each other – i know some parents have commented that their child has said “I am feeling sick” when they have seen smoke – and wondered why they said this – well now you know – i am feeling so proud of each and every one of them

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Annual Review 2020 and Goal Setting for 2021

2020 has been a year of great turmoil nobody could have seen coming (for some part at least). In Australia, this was starting off extremely bad bush fire season burning through the country. From then it just literally went downhill globally with the pandemic and the chaos and while things may look a little better now, the first month of 2021 was not much promising with the sad spectacle of the assault against the US Capitol in Washington following weeks of unsubstantiated claims by Trump and it’s followers of a stolen election.

This year review is different in some ways, but then again, so is every year for one reason or another. In fact, that’s one of the things that’s so beneficial about the Review: in the midst of whatever craziness is happening, it helps to ground your attention and give you something to work on over the next year. This help being more intentional about the choices we make and be persistent so that we getting ourselves closer to what we really want.

Annual Review – Process

The annual review process being by retrospecting on what went well in the previous year. This can be done using the goals you set yourself on previous years or by overlooking at the general themes that matters to you. You then examine what could be improved. The result will surely help you with the process of being intentional about your choices in the following year(s) and maybe draw a first set of actions for change.

What went well – highlights ?

Since the birth of our daughter, I think time has just kept accelerating at an incredible pace. If you ask me, I feel like it is difficult to really be intentional about our choices as everything is swirling in fast motion and the routine leave little time and flexibility to do much else than the essentials. This being said, while this is a bit contrary to the purpose of this post, I think I have accepted this for now and feel less frustrated about it. Spending my time seeing my daughter growing and participating to all aspects of her life is great and I am enjoying it.

2020 was a year I was looking forward too. We visited Melbourne earlier in the year and we I had plan to attend one of my best friends wedding in West Africa (Ghana and Togo) and I was looking for my parents to visit us after having to cancel the year before. Everything was going quite well otherwise professionally and personally, I felt I was getting back into shape too with plans to complete a bike event and even attempt a triathlon. Then everything turned upside down with the global pandemic in March 2020. Well, I still manage to go to Ghana but the trip was definitely not was we anticipated it to be and my return was precipitated as border closures were kicking in fast and strong. As a result of the travel ban, there was no longer hope of seeing my family again for the “near” future. In the chaos, we were fortunate enough to keep our jobs and actually benefited financially from a couple of month of free child care and working from home. The working from home routine came with some benefits because of all the time saved by not having to get ready to work and commute. I think everyone who kept their job have some level of appreciation of this, who can complaint about not having to iron shirts!!!

In Brisbane, we have had a lock down of almost 2 months when things were brought pretty much to a stop. I do not know how people with young children have mentally survived this experience while having to work and manage kids at home at the same time. We were asked to do it initially here for a day as childcare center were limiting available space but I complained and Lia was rapidly able to attend back (for free too instead of 65$ a day!). Weeks and weekends were quite boring having to stay home during that time but we understood and supported the purpose. We could visit the park close to our house (Yeronga Memorial Park) and I still manage to continue doing the weekly run with my group (well with physical distancing, in very small group etc.). Initially, I remember that we were sanitising everything up all the time with fear of catching the virus from surface contamination. Things started to open up again around May slowly and situation got back under control in Brisbane around June or July and we could continue our life under minimal restrictions. We were able to return to the office around November. There was few minor outbreaks since then with short lock down but in Brisbane I would like to say, in my opinion we are in the best place on the planet to be. We did manage to organise a trip to Hamilton Island in Queensland for Christmas and this was really good. It wasn’t our first visit in the area but on Hamilton island yes. Lia enjoyed the trip, hope she remembers!

Whitehaven beach

Professionally, I feel that last year has been rewarding. I enjoyed my workplace and my work even tho much of the work has been done remotely. I feel I accomplished few things at work and gained confidence and trust from my colleagues and customers. My contract was renewed twice and I think its all in their intention to retain my services for longer again.

What could be improved?

My exercising routine was severely impacted during the last year with the working from home regime and with the closures of gyms. I did manage to keep running (sadly not counting for Park Run for most of the year) and I started doing regularly river loop with a cycling group (about 50km ride) on Friday morning but apart from this it has been really challenging to maintain my routine. During winter, I was able to train in my garage doing a short exercise routine using an elastic band and body weight during lunch time run but as temperature soared pass winter, it was too hot really to do this during lunch time. It was not convenient either to hit the gym once they re-opened (compared to walking down 2 blocks from the office to go to the gym). As a result, I’ve gained some weight (+6kg), I run considerably slower and I feel my overall physical form as declined significantly in 2020. With the daily schedule too, it means it’s really hard to fit anything in at a time where it’s slightly convenient. The only time I can really do something about it is 9pm and frankly this is just too late and my energy level is too low. Work offices have re-opened in November and as a result, I started visiting the gym a little bit but it has been very irregular because the new office location is farther away from the gym and it’s just not possible anymore to go during lunch time.

The global pandemic has also impacted the project of applying for the Canadian residency. While I think the idea of going back home (temporarily initially) is still “on the table”, the project is a bit on the back burner for the moment at least until the situation worldwide and in Canada improve significantly. In all honesty, I was disappointed with how North America has managed the whole pandemic compared to here and also concerned with the whole Trump administration and his movement. While not so related to Canada, this prompted me to think that I shall be better stay far a little longer!

General goals for 2021

Here are the main priorities and goals that I feel are the most important to pursue again this year.

  • Family
  • Maintain strong focus on healthy and well-being – physically and mentally
  • Applying for Canadian permanent residency
  • Living toward carbon neutrality and help steer change
  • Diversifying assets

Family:

I was anticipating my parents to be able to come to Australia this year but life and this pandemic saw this playing differently. Instead, we ended-up spending quite a bit of time at home the three of us. Luckily, the lock down was lifted around May and we were able to resume doing more and more things. For those two months, we did quite a bit of walk in the neighborhood and visited several time the big park next to my place. There is no playground, so it was just about enjoy the large space and doing silly things. We have done a fair amount of little trips here and there in Queensland, on the Gold Coast, the Sunny Coast and even up the Whitsundays on Hamilton Island at the end of the year. Otherwise, I did miss my family this year. Especially with the pandemic and the hard time they have been through back home but also due to the fact that I feel Lia is growing up real fast without the opportunity to connect with her extended family. Similarly, I don’t get to see my nephew growing. We did speak quite often online at the minimum and there is good complicity happening. On the other hand even if I would have live in Canada this year, I wouldn’t have been able to see them either. I am not too sure what to expect for this year, it’s entirely outside of my control. Vaccination is starting to happen but it’s hard to predict at the moment what will happen with the border closure and with the evolution of the virus. New strains have demonstrated resistance to some of the vaccine. We’re not out of the wood yet with this. Australia had just extended the travel ban to end of June at the minimum. We had it good here and I understand they don’t want to risk all the progress achieved in squashing this virus. We are yet lucky to have a very good circle of friends who are our extending family in some ways.

I would like Lia to be a little more expose to French because as she is growing up fast, she speak 99% English only. She does understand French and Spanish but she responds almost only in English, and should I say Australian English! She peaks with such an Aussie accent!

2020:

  • Spend good time with the parents (hopefully they can come this year)
  • Spend good time the 3 of us, doing more activities away from home
  • Continue with Lia into an activity (Swimming)

2021:

  • Initiate Lia to camping!
  • Get Lia into a new activity such as dancing , soccer or something else.
  • Increase Lia skills in French

Health and Lifestyle:

Last year as not been a good year from a fitness perspective. While I didn’t stop everything, my routine has been completely obliterated by the new reality of working from home and I didn’t manage to really get back into it consistently. Snap lockdowns, working from home, heat or weather, being sick, etc. Felt like there has always been something holding me back. I don’t want to give excuses but it’s true that it is challenging with the reality of the daily schedule bearing very little flexibility. As a result, I’ve gained weight and I don’t feel as energetic as before. My time at Park Run as returned 5 years back. I had some objective like year of participating in a bike event, reaching my 250 park runs and even attempt a triathlon but this has gone out the window. I did improve my swimming skills temporary but when Lia decided she had enough of the swimming lessons, I lost this opportunity. Two positives things have happened. I do sleep a little more with the time saved of not having to go to the office and I did manage to get into cycling long distance regularly since September. This year, I’m hoping to return to some form of normality with a routine and some consistency. I started going to the gym again early in the morning before getting to the office and this seems to work better. I’m not convinced yet everything will return to normal with the pandemic lurking around so I might need adaptation strategies. It would be beneficial to try another type of exercise too to develop back some core muscle resistance.

2020 and 2021!

  • Reach 250 Park Runs (now at 217)
  • Complete at least one running event
  • Complete at least one bike event
  • Attempt a Triathlon (sprint distance – my swimming sucks)
  • Try yoga again or another type of exercise to stretch and improve core muscle strength
  • Re-establish a gym routine

Sustainable Living and Climate Change:

Perhaps one of the only thing I’ve managed to do reasonably well this year is around sustainable living. I have not integrated much new routine but I have been able to maintain the cadence. I did participate in Australia Clean-Up Day and managed to submit two submissions for public consultation, one of them being on the new climate change bill that is being introduce into parliament this year and the other one about the COVID commission set up by our mediocre federal government as a mean make opaque decision and channel public money into a gas led recovery…. We have been able to minimise waste further with Lia now being out of nappies (we used cloth nappies during day time but night time we used disposable nappies). I completed the Brisbane carbon challenge and result speak for itself below. National average being around 16. My carbon emission are related to transport, we do about 5000km a year using my 2008 Mitsubichi Outlander mostly for childcare drop off and pick up and weekend adventures. I am looking patiently for an EV but in Australia, options are very limited and very expensive. There are about no incentives and worse the government is working out a way to tax EV (while keeping carbon emission tax free)….. In the meantime, I have decided to offset these emissions with an organisation that plant forest here in Australia. Considering the amount of renewable energy I export to the grid, this mean my net emission are 0 and probably negative.

Here are my key achievements in this space ver the last four years or more where relevant:

  • Finance:
    • (2017) Divested from fossil fuels (all pension funds, savings, etc.)
    • Since 2017, ramped regular donation to environment conservation funds, renewable energy and climate action group.
    • (2018) Invested in community and locally owned food hub (FoodConnect shed)
    • (2021) Looking to invest in carbon farming (Tree planting – carbon credit)
  • Energy
    • Direct renewable energy projects (over 60k invested):
      • (2017) Installed in 2 Solar PV Systems with a total capacity of 10kW.
      • (2017) Invested in two shared community solar projects for Murray River Organics farm (Freezer plant 70kw solar system) and also Maison Bakers (a 228kw solar system for a French bakery).
      • (2019) Upgraded one of the system to by a further 3kWh.
      • (2019) Installed in a solar storage solution, 11.7 kWh.
      • (2019) Installed in a heat pump for hot water (~4x more efficient than electric hot water)
      • (2019) Invested in another shared community solar & storage project for FoodConnect Social enterprise in Brisbane.
      • (2021) Registered my interest for another shared community solar project.
  • Transport:
    • Since 2012, I commute by bike (or run sometime) almost every single day avoiding hundreds of ton of CO2 emission. This commute is equal now to about 100km every week. Great way to stay fit.
    • Since 2018, I’ve paid a carbon offset for all the flights I took included flights for work with Greenfleet.
    • 2020, 2021: Carbon offset all of my transport emission (flights, car)
  • Consumption (Reduce, Re-use, Recycle):
    • Since 2018, I’ve reduced my landfill waste very significantly to about two small bag per week by composting & bokashi – for meat and dairy waste (2019) through various action and changes to consumption habits.
    • Since 2017, I’m doing the extra mile for using specialised recycling services for hard to recycled items (ewaste, soft plastics, battery, polystyrene, coffee bean bags, dental product, pharmacy product – blister pack, etc).
    • For many years, I’ve making a lot of products by myself at home from local raw organic ingredient (saves on plastic packaging, manufacturing, transport):
      • (2014) Toothpaste (eliminate need for packaging and toxic chemical ingredients)
      • (2017) Beewax Wrap (reusable and eliminate the need for plastic cling wrap)
      • (2019) Laundry Powder and Softener (using orange/citrus peel and water)
      • (2019) Organic Peanut butter (eliminated the need for plastic packaging)
      • (2018) Kombucha (excellent for your guts and eliminated the need to buy other beverage in plastic packaging)
      • (2019) Water Kefir (same as above)
      • (2018) Bread making (eliminated plastic packaging and nasty ingredients – haven’t you notice bread last for ages on a counter these days?)
      • (2020) Yogurt making (eliminated plastic packaging)
      • (2019) Sauerkraut
      • (2019) Muesli (eliminated plastic packaging and nasty pesticides)
      • (2018) Making my own cleaning product (eliminated the need for plastic bottle)
      • (2018) Made my own little organic garden (with much limited success I most admit)
      • (2020) Oat Milk
    • For several years also, we’ve changed the way we are consuming to reduce impacts on the environments:
      • Buying local as much as possible and in season instead of imported from overseas.
      • Using compostable and organic products as much as possible, including
      • (2018) Subscribed to Food connect a local farmer’s fresh organically & sustainably grown product (come in returnable box, no plastic and absolutely minimum packaging)
      • (2018) Buying product in bulk and raw instead of transformed and plastic packaged.
      • (2018) Buying milk from local organic dairy in glass returnable bottle box
      • (2017) Used modern cloth nappies (almost eliminated the need to use plastic nappies that takes 450 years to degrade, we only use them at night and few other times a week)
      • (2016) Use reusable water and coffee mug. (eliminated the need for bottle and disposable cup)
      • (2016) Bamboo toothbrushes and plant based brushes for cleaning purposes
      • (2016) Bamboo cotton ear bugs
      • (2017) Organic Cotton Dishcloths for cleaning purposes.
      • (2017) Re-usable razor
      • (2015) Re-usable bags
      • (2017) Re-usable metal straw
      • (2017) Compostable bin liners
      • (2017) Tea leaves (eliminate the needs for tea bags which include some plastic!)
      • (2018) Reduced meat consumption
      • (2021) Washing Machine Drain Filter to filter out micro plastic (Not fully installed yet)
  • Community Action:
    • (2019) Joined the Climate Reality Leaders group.
    • Met & written to several elected official on different environmental matters
    • Participated to public consultation on various environmental and energy matters
    • Participated in Clean Up Australia and pick up trash and planted some trees at Bulimba Creek (2018) and West End Riverside (2020).
    • Participated in various events and marches (example: Climate Student Strike, Adani, declaring climate emergency)
    • Write and share numerous news & articles on social media (including trying to not go completely nuts with trolls and deniers! – ah)

2020

  • Complete my 10 acts of leadership for the Climate Reality Leadership program
  • Get more knowledgeable with home gardening and obtain more success with my vedgie patch (failed)
  • Participate in Clean Up Australia
  • Otherwise continue much of the same above (which takes quite a bit of effort already!)

2021

  • Attain carbon net neutrality
  • Complete 10 acts of leadership for the Climate Reality Leadership program
  • Get more knowledgeable with home gardening and obtain more success with my vedgie patch
  • Otherwise continue much of the same above (which takes quite a bit of effort already!)

Professional:

It’s been a good year professionally despite the pandemic. While many across the country suffered from the economic slowdown, my contract has been renewed several times, I felt that my work was appreciated and I enjoyed the workplace. I managed to have a balanced schedule and reasonable stress level while achieving good outcome. Working from home has it’s challenges but also have benefits. However, I was happy to start returning to the office in November last year. WebEx meetings are okay but meeting your it’s sometime a little easier to feel the team spirit in person. In addition, this presented an opportunity to restore my exercising routine. I managed to renew my CBAP certification with the IIBA but I didn’t manage to find time to complete other certifications available as the time commitment was too important. This isn’t too much of an issue in the short or medium term as I currently have continuity of work and the experience I gained in the mining industry is quite valuable at the moment and for the the years to come as we are entering a new upward cycle in the mining sector to support the energy & transport transition. For the new year to come, I am looking forward to continue contracting while staying open for new opportunities.

2020 & 2021:

  • Few small certification available with IIBA (deprioritised!)
  • Complete my CBAP recertification again
  • Develop good credentials and trust to be further extended
  • Continue contracting

That’s all. Have a great year ahead!

Pascal

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10 annee au pays des Kangourous

Country arrival passport stamp

Qui aurait cru que 10 ans plus tard après être arrivé en Australie, je serai toujours ici avec une nouvelle citoyennete, une femme, une fille et deux maisons. Le temps file très vite. Un quart de ma vie. Tout cela a été une aventure fantastique et tout en considérant l’état des choses à l’international en ce moment, je suis très heureux d’être ici.

Il ne s’agit que de quelques mois d’écart avec le dernier article au moment ou j’ai commencé à écrire ces lignes mais j’ai l’impression que tellement de choses ont changé depuis ce temps.

Dans un premier temps, nous avons complété l’entrainement toilette a Lia et enfin sorti des couches au mois d’Octobre dernier. Ça fait une différence énorme étant donné que nous utilisions des couches lavables. La transition a pris quelques semaines au total avec le support de la garderie. Quelques accidents de parcours mais somme toute rapide pour les #1. Par contre, cela a pris quelques semaines de plus pour les #2 puisque Lia refusait d’utiliser la toilette. Apparamment, c’est quelques choses d’assez courant. Bien que nous l’avons tranquillement preparé mentalement, ce qui m’a etonné le plus c’est sa propre prise de conscience du besoin d’aller aux toilettes. Je me souviens un soir Lia a eu un petit accident au salon et aussitôt elle nous dit qu’elle est très désolé et qu’elle ne le refera plus bien qu’on lui a fait comprendre qu’il n’y avait pas de problème et que c’est normal d’avoir des accidents. Lia a jamais voulu utiliser le petit pot ou un siège special pour enfant, il était question de faire comme les grands depuis le début!

Lia et son meilleur ami Léo

Puisqu’elle était rendu assez grande pour sortir elle meme de son lit en grimpant par dessus la barrière de son lit, nous avons également enlever cette dernière. Elle bouge beaucoup la nuit et ce n’est pas rare de la retrouver en dehors du lit jusqu’au milieu de sa chambre!! Peut-être qu’il ne s’agit pas la meilleure approche mais nous pratiquons le “co-sleeping” pour le moment, donc Lia dort dans notre grand lit king avec nous deux. Les années passent et passeront rapidement, donc on se dit que c’est ok pour le moment de partager cette proximitée. Cela coincide aussi avec l’heure de coucher de maman. C’est pas rare que lorsqu’elle dort avec nous qu’elle bouge et se retrouve à l’horizontale et qu’on se fasse piétiner la face durant la nuit. Sinon, elle a un sommeil heureusement très profond, seulement lorsqu’elle décide de s’endormir! Son heure de sommeil correspond à environ 9pm le soir. Elle est trop énergique pour qu’on puisse arriver à la coucher avant cette heure malheureusement. Au grand dessaroi de ses parents, il arrive que l’heure de sommeil soit poussée jusqu’à 10-11pm, notablement pendant des phases de croissance. Par contre, le matin elle se reveille entre 7am et 7:30am et même parfois 8am. Les nuits se passent bien depuis longtemps et les réveils en pleine nuit sont l’exception.

Un autre avancement important est survenu avec le fait d’arreter la suce vers la fin de l’année. Lia était comme la plupart des enfants très attaché à ses suces (on dit “dummy” par ici ou pacifier du terme officiel) donc nous nous sommes imaginés que ce serait pénible pour elle de se départir de sa précieuse et réconfortante suce. Encore là, nous l’avons preparé progressivement et au moment venu de couper la suce, la transition a été en fait beaucoup plus en douceur qu’on s’y attendait. Il s’agit surtout d’etre décisif et consistent. Du jour au lendemain c’était fini et il n’y a pas eu de retour arrière.

Lia a eu trois ans en Décembre dernier. Maman avait prevu une sortie de fête à la piscine publique avec tous les amis(es) de Lia mais la température en a decidé autrement!! Très rarement nous devons changer nos plans ici mais cette année, c’est arrivé plus souvent qu’autrement. Papa a rapidement trouvé un plan de rechange dans un grand entrepôt tourné en jeux gonflables pour enfant. Elle s’est très bien amusé et s’est fait bien gâté.

Inflatable World a Wynnum, des heures de plaisirs

Nous essayons de s’assurer de parler le plus possible en francais (papa) et en espagnol (maman) mais c’est quand meme difficile car l’anglais est vraiment dominant avec la garderie et les amis(es). Les mots que j’ai la chance de lui apprendre en français en premier on tendance a rester un peu plus longtemps. Quelques expressions sont tout de fois bien drôle à l’occasion. Par example: “Papa, I’m scared of the noir”, pour dire Papa j’ai peur du noir ou encore “Papa, come with me on the divan”, pour dire papa vient avec moi sur le divan. J’avoue qu’avec le temps, on a tendance aussi a utiliser l’anglais un peu plus pour s’exprimer par convivialité mais il faut faire des efforts soutenus pour continuer. J’essai au minimum de dire dans les deux langues.

Autrement, il est clair que la personalité de Lia sort de plus en plus. Elle est très expressive, active, affectueuse, curieuse et courageuse. Elle est bien appreciée a la garderie et a beaucoup d’amies. On me dit qu’elle est bosy a l’occassion (directive)! Elle aime bien prendre sa guitare et nous chanter des histoires. Lia ne peut pas rester sans bouger. Même en mangeant mademoiselle bouge constamment. Pendant qu’elle regardait une de ses emissions favorite nommé “Oddbods”, elle bougeait constamment sur son siège. C’est alors que je lui demande Lia pourquoi dances-tu sur ton siege? Elle me répond “Papa, I’m not dancing, I’m just wibble wobble wibble wobble”.

Lia avec un dessin fait par son cousin Charles au Canada

Autrement, une autre activitée courante avec des enfants ici en temps de pandémie c’est bien sur le “Playground Tourism”. Brisbane est une ville vraiment orientée famille et il y a des parcs pour enfants partouts. Donc, on en profite pour en essayer plusieurs et faire un peu différent. Plusieurs ont des zip-lines (corde a tarzan) et Lia adore! Autrement, bien sur nous en profitons regulièrement pour aussi sortir de la ville et passer du temps sur la côte Est à la plage.

Ipswitch Queen Elizabeth Park Playground

Tu grandis bien ma belle Lia et on t’aime.

Pascal

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