It has been a while since my last blog and the reason has been THE WEATHER.

Tropical weather...love it and hate it...
Tropical weather…love it and hate it…

As in TOO HOT TO WRITE weather. SERIOUSLY too-hot-to-write weather. We are talking Darwin in the Top End of Australia in March…even seasoned locals admitted to be feeling just ‘a tad hotter ‘ than normally around this time of the year.

Me, I just felt like melting away. This is my 8th year in the tropics, and the first time I have felt like giving up – as opposed to giving in, floating along, watching geckos and simply chilling out with those possums…

Friendly housemate, Ms Possum...if she can do it in a fur coat, surely I can, too?!
Friendly housemate, Ms Possum…if she can do it in a fur coat, surely I can, too?!

As an extra bonus for paying extra high power bills, our local power company rewarded us with two serious power outs – the first just a little tester to make sure the ice cubes melt in your freezer…followed by a more mature version lasting 12 hours +, reducing even the most seasoned Territorian to dissolving puddles of boiled matter…or something of the kind.

In the absence of whirling fans, cooling fridges and – for some of us – live saving air conditioners, life in the Tropical North turned into a hell of a time…including the flames. The thought of jumping into the 30 degree pool simply lost its appeal – and really, just getting yourself down the stairs into the garden crawling towards that deceptively glistening source of water seemed impossible to contemplate, let alone to execute.

...and more palm trees sweltering in the evening heat...
…and more palm trees sweltering in the evening heat…they look EXHAUSTED!

Sweating away in a room massaging out a blog about anything even remotely interesting – NOT HAPPENING.

Contemplating to write about shoemaking brought up visions of using infernal HEAT GUNS – so most certainly NOT HAPPENING.

Even writing about the inability of writing was a reminder about the reason why – again, NOT HAPPENING.

So there you go. The reason why March did not happen in the blog world of Ideal Husband…

Visions of crisp and invigorating days....
Visions of crisp and invigorating days….one can dream….

Early in April I went down to Melbourne for a long lusted after COOLING DOWN TIME. I have been invited to teach as part of Fibre Arts Australia – in Ballarat of all places. It is understood that where is Ballarat, there is COOL.

Actually, it is cold, and grey, and rainy, and all of a sudden that whole idea of cooling down seemed like the worst case scenario in my little world of shoes and cats…well.

The irony was certainly not lost on me while I tried my very best to uncoil occasionally from the fetal position in order to get the shoemaking going…and a fabulous class it was!

Working on the upper of the shoe...
Working on the upper of the shoe…leather…and more working on those metallic green anklets…

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Meeting old and new friends another highlight while being down south…I have been in contact with Kim Thittichai from sunny Brighton in the UK since our first meeting two years ago – what a delight to see her again and being swept away in her enthusiastic wake seconds before the Ballarat Doom and Gloom could descend…check out her weird and wacky ways to twist all sorts of fabrics/ materials/ NEWSPAPER??!! into rather glorious transformations…

And thanks to Kay Khan, Santa Fe is now on my list of desirable places to visit – I will never be able to look at any down jacket without thinking of her! We have had more than one conversation about the not-up-to-our-standards-weather provided in Victoria…Anyone interested in Textile Art – have a look at her work…it’s ARMOUR (apart from many other things…)

Feeling MUCH BETTER now having done another blog…and in true Ideal Husband tradition, let me get you a link to another shoe designer…check out Jerome C. Rousseau

And this is it for now…a certain cat wants food and a certain suitcase needs packing…as we’ll be heading over on some Ideal Husband business again…last time on that little island, as in the process of re-locating…fingers crossed for smooth operations….and good night!

Ideal Husband ZORILLA in black black black...
Ideal Husband ZORILLA in black black black…

 

 

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