Storms, Gale Force Winds & Torrential Rain
2013 certainly has been the year of gusty & gale force winds here in the Hunter Valley!
Over the last few weeks the weather has turned again, only this time it’s been storms & torrential rain.
While I’m not too keen on the thunderous noise, the light show produced by the these storms has been spectacular to say the least.
The image above was taken out the front of my home in East Maitland & it reminded me of a quote I recently came across by Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi.
“Nature can put on a thrilling show. The stage is vast, the lighting is dramatic, the extras are innumerable, and the budget for special effects is absolutely unlimited.”
While beautiful, the down side of the storms & heavy rain is that a few of my sons Club Cricket training sessions & weekend games have been cancelled. My husband is also feeling the impact because he hasn’t been able to fly his remote control helicopters for weeks!.
The crazy weather this year has also forced me to reconsider some aspects of my business, especially where & how I sell my work.
I recently made the difficult decision to stop doing my regular outdoor market, the Olive Tree Market because of the impact the dust, dirt, wind, heat & rain was having on my gazebo, jewellery displays, jewellery & most importantly my health.
The week prior to & at each Market I would stress & worry about how the weather was going to affect my stall as well as the impact it would have on the number & mood of the people who came.
After the Market I would have to spend days cleaning everything up & re-polishing my dust coated Silver work.
When I actually sat down & worked out how much time doing outdoor Markets involved, I found from a business perspective it wasn’t viable for me to be doing them all year round anymore.
So for the remainder of 2013 the only outdoor Market I will be doing is the Xmas HAN Art Bazaar on Sat 7th Dec.
As for 2014, I’m currently working on alternative ways to sell my work rather than outdoor Markets.