Capricornia continues to be... HOT!!! But not as hot as the rest of the country. It was so interesting looking at the heat maps this week. The sizzle stopped just short of the Capricorn Coast and that was fine by all of us. We are used to the vagaries of the weather at this time of year. That doesn't mean there isn't a fair amount of cave-dwelling going on. And that is all good as far as getting work done as we continue to map out the new Twyckwick® Project.
Things are really looking up here and the degree of positivity posted an upturn just after Christmas with the announcement of new initiatives in our area. The people and the members of both Councils deserve a big pat on the back for all their efforts. And well done government people - no compulsory land acquisitions for the farmers of Capricornia. We are all feeling as if we are in a cherished position in comparison to so many other areas that are struggling. I am particularly impressed with the place the Arts have in our communities. It is a pleasure to be able to do what we do and not be brought down by all the political balderdash. As I wrote last month, it was time for people to turn inward and make their world the best possible world they could and that definitely appears to be happening.
For me personally, I should be able to have some books in print this month so that is a positive. We gave up on the whole money-making thing long ago but those of us in Mountain Mist Productions who write don't seem to be able to help ourselves and so I suspect there will be a fair bit of writing this year. Some of the Members are raging ahead with their individual projects and we will do what we can to support them.
Another way we want to support people is through our Websites and our various publications. We will highlight people we deem worthy on occasion and hopefully we will be able to bring attention the good work that is being done. Mind you, there is also a lot of bad work that is being done, but what I am starting to see is that people are waking up and the baddies are basically being left way out in the boondocks. That's OK, at least they got to do what they wanted and that is how it works. As they say, everyone has one book in them and it is OK if just your family and friends read it.
I am still working on webpages and updates in between other things. Extended holidays in our household meant not much was done in that period. It really doesn't matter - my business, my timeline, so I won't make any promises. It is looking good though; we just have to sort more software out.
We're still looking at articles and stuff for the new Twyckwick® project. One fabulous encounter over the Holidays turned up an old bloke who used to work as a shearer's cook. He's now eighty and what a character he is - I can't wait to talk with him. Meantime we have sampled his recipe for Shearer's Gingernut Biscuits and we can report they are nothing short of delicious. I bet he's got more great cooking hints too and the whole old-fashioned thing is proving to be just what the doctor ordered. It's nice that what we do is enjoyed by others, but it is also nice that people like this old bloke get a kick out of their memories and the things they want to share from their past.
Here's a hint that emerged over the Holidays. I had to wrap a large present for someone's birthday. Not only didn't I have enough wrapping paper, but there was none in reserve, and it was so hot that day there was no way I was going out for more. So I search around and I find a roll of soft vinyl I had bought to make covers for things. It was white with pretty muted white delicate flowers imprinted on it. Perfect substitute for wrapping paper and the person could cut it up for placemats or to put beneath pet bowls. Added a nice big tied ribbon and we were good to go. And yes, we design all this stuff, but you all know, I never have any paper or cards when I need them myself!
Our Poets are getting restless and that is fine by me. I've personally got one volume ready to go and another nearly there. Some of the stuff I have seen from the others is pretty impressive so I am looking forward to that. I guess I really need to get webpages done as soon as possible, but it has been hot and even the Gang from Hannah's Column have been on strike...