Yesterday was yet another great day in my market stall in Port Douglas. It was the first week of school holidays ... which run over the next month staggered across the states of Australia. This time signifies a big influx of visitors to the Cairns and far North Queensland area ... on top of our normal seasonal rise of Australian and international visitors.

It was all about utensils in the most part. I had good sales right across my range of cooking stirrers and a few pairs of premium salad servers. Several regular customers from New South Wales and Victoria visited and stocked up on gifts to take home and send overseas.

On top of a great sales day, the conditions were wonderful also. Although it looked a bit like rain early, the day cleared away to mild near-perfect weather ... winter in the tropics ... gotta love it.

I'm carrying thoughts constantly at present of resin and metal casting ... and, yesterday provided at a few more interesting pieces to the story. My potter friend Shireen gave me some clues to picking up a second-hand kiln to post-cure my resin and Alan, "The Brooch Man", provided a very handy tip on acrylic lacquer coating of metals, notably pewter ... information I'll definitely be using down the track when I get that far.

Next weekend sees some of the southern states join in on school holidays, so I expect another great result then. In the meantime, it's back into the workshop creating stock ...