Welcome to the Weekend coffee share! Can I get you a cup of coffee? Or tea? How are you?
This week have gone by so fast. The weather’s been beautiful, around 75F most of the time, cooler at night. On Wednesday there was a meeting at my daughter’s new school, they showed us more of the school, and we meet the mentors. I talked to some of the other parents, and that felt great. Everyone was very nice. Both my daughter and I are happy with her new school. It’s well organised and seem to have great teachers. There’s a new principal starting this semester and I liked what she said during her introduction speech as well.
On Thursday and Friday I attended a teachers’ conference with my new colleagues. It was very inspiring. The conference was located in a beautiful setting at Dalecarlia Hotel & Spa, less than one hour from home. It was 120+ teachers attending, principals, and lectures in special needs education. This years focus areas were presented to us, and suggestions of ways to reach the goals that were set. The lectures were very inspiring, and we were also given time to have reflective conversations with our teams, and write educational plans.
The food was wonderful. We all had a two course meal in the magnificent restaurant Thursday night, and a lovely breakfast buffet Friday morning. I really like my new colleagues, and I feel that we all opened up more during these two days of inspiration. I wouldn’t mind having a start-up like this at the start of every new school year! I also talked to many teachers from other schools in our district. It was a great opportunity to learn from each other and be inspired by the amazing job of our colleagues.
After the work day was finished on Thursday one of my closest colleague and I decided to take a walk down to lake Siljan. Yes, you may recognise that it is the same lake that I’ve written about on several other occasions. It is a huge lake located in the middle of our region Dalarna, covering an area of 112 square miles (290 square km; including Orsa and In lakes, 137 square miles [354 square km]), it is Dalarna’s largest lake. There’s several towns and villages built all around the lake. Including the town where I was born, Mora, and the town where we went camping the other weekend, Rättvik.
The walk was slightly longer than we anticipated, but was well worth the trouble. The water was almost as warm as the air. Tällberg, the name of the little village where the resort is located is as picturesque as they come these little villages around Lake Siljan. There’s old farms, and log houses/cabins built centuries ago, carefully kept and restored. Many of the new houses are built with the same methods and materials to blend in. It is almost painfully beautiful.
When we got back to the resort we enjoyed a lovely two course meal in the restaurants, followed by drinks at the huge balcony watching the sunset over the lake.
My photos doesn’t do justice to the scenery, but perhaps you can get a sense of the experience. I can highly recommend an in person visit! I am extremely grateful for this kick-start to the new school year. I can’t imagine a more inspiring way to get started.
This weekend my daughter and I are doing little things around home that needs to be taken care of. I am going to work at my garden plot at some point. I’m in the process of preparing a new hugelkultur bed. In other words, a relaxing weekend. I also have plenty of inspiring books to read, related to school/work and others (gardening/homesteading books.)
Thank you Natalie for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share. How is your week? What are you up to this weekend?