A stained red pout
Bored and boring
…like countless others
upon the lens
in Raven Vixen
belie the shallow pools within
….just one small glimpse
of plastic perfection
binding an ego
I might remember
skin to skin
and back again
of dark days
folded in upon itself
amongst the tangles
like liquid silk
along each softened ridge
In December tropical cuisine: cooking in clare’s kitchen was awarded the Best Innovative Cookbook in Australia by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Category winners in each country have since been judged against other winners in the same category in other countries for the Best in World. The Gourmand judges have now shortlisted four contenders for Best Innovative Cookbook in the world, and tropical cuisine: cooking in clare’s kitchen is one of these top four books.
This wonderful news can help me raise as much as possible by gaining media attention for tropical cuisine, so apologies to the current top 10 bidders but I have decided to extend the bidding deadline to next Tuesday 25th January 9pm AEST. My cookbook and the auction will receive media attention over the weekend and I hope that this helps to raise further funds for the QLD Flood Relief appeal.
The impact of the floods in Queensland is currently beyond comprehension, and the ongoing risk of further flooding makes what is already a disaster of extraordinary scale even more daunting.
I have been contemplating what I can do to support those affected by the floods.
Anyone who has been involved in publishing, and particularly self-publishing, would know that it leaves one with meagre resources and takes strong sales over time to come ‘back into the black’.
But I do have one thing to give – my book.
So I decided to run a silent auction of 10 of my books to raise money for the many thousands upon thousands of people affected by the Queensland floods.
Here is how it works:
Australian bids start at $59.95 Australian Dollars (AUD).
International bids start at $99.95 Australian Dollars (AUD) ($40 of international bids will go towards postage, I will cover the remaining postage cost as Australia’s international postage costs are so high).
DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE as winners of the 10 books won will be asked to make their payment directly to the QLD Flood Relief Appeal fund.
(International winning bidders will pay $40AUD of their winning bid towards postage and this portion of a winning international bid will not be tax deductible). Winners will then provide evidence of their payment to claim their cookbook.
Bids are to be made on the Silent Auction page
I will post the bid range daily at 9pm, from the lowest of the 10 highest bids to the highest bid of all. The auction runs for 10 days and closes at 9pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Friday 21st January 2011.
The 10 highest bidders will be the winners of the auction.
Each of the 10 winning bid amounts will be listed on this website, with winners choosing whether they wish their name to be listed or kept private.
Bids must be paid by 9pm Sunday 23rd January AEST via the silent auction payment page, the link to which will be sent to each winner (Paypal, Visa or MasterCard accepted). If bids are not paid by that time the bid will be annulled and the next closest bidder will be notified.
The only cost recouped from the auction will be $40AUD from each successful international bid – all other funds will go directly to the Queensland Flood Relief appeal. If $59.95 is beyond your means to contribute at auction, or if you don’t obtain a winning bid, please consider donating directly to the Queensland Flood Relief appeal.
Books will be inscribed as follows:
“This book is one of ten copies won in a silent auction that raised $…… for those affected by the Queensland floods. Thank you ………… for your generous support, kind regards, Clare”
I hope you will join me in this effort to raise funds for our fellow citizens. Please send the link to this post (http://tropicalcuisine.com/2011/01/11/silent-auction-to-support-qld-flood-relief/) and the donation page (http://tropicalcuisine.com/silent-auction/) to anyone who you feel may be interested, and keep checking in to see how the auction is progressing,
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 9,700 times in 2010. That’s about 23 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 23 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 65 posts. There were 85 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 92mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was April 4th with 182 views. The most popular post that day was Riding Rainbows.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were blogsurfer.us, australianblogs.com.au, 2a24.wordpress.com, WordPress Dashboard, and paulandrewrussell.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for make up case, lunch box, make up cases, open door, and pincushion.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Riding Rainbows April 2010
About Me July 2009
Dreamtime Lore April 2010
The Jam Sandwich November 2009
I am not a pin cushion September 2009
Like crisp white cotton
Beckons the Now
To rest upon its’ welcoming folds
A virginal awakening
Giving birth to realisation
Such liberation to behold
In escapement of the soul
Calliopespen AND Blissbait have awarded me this lovely symbol of recognition for my blog. To Danielle and Bliss, and all of you who visit Reflections of Me, as dancing spirits passing through anonymously or those who stop to share, bless, confide and hug, Thank-you ! Thank-you ! Thank-you ! You all make my day special, every day, knowing you are interested in what I have to contribute.
In the spirit of “passing on the love”, I would like to also hand the Gorgeous Blogger Award on to three highly deserving souls who never cease to inspire me.
Sara Fryd If you haven’t visited Sara’s blog before, please jump straight there. You will discover the most tender and delightful poetry and personal stories that you will find yourself returning again and again.
Notes Along the Path Join Pam and her readers along the path to spiritual growth in loving entries that spread a message of peace and re-generation through this world.
Belle A place where the Shadow Play of light and dark of Being is explored with exquisite simplicity and honesty.
My name is Colleen Du Bois. I am 33 years old and I live in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
I grew up in Melbourne, Victoria, the youngest of six siblings. My childhood was a tumultuous one, that centred around a volatile home environment tempered by the moods of an emotionally unpredictable mother. My childhood memories are not joyous and soothing, and for most of my adult life I have willingly let them slip to the back of my “consciousness vault”. There they have withered, but admittedly, not perished forever as I had perhaps hoped. I am aware of their existence and in recent years I have grown to acknowledge that drawing them out occasionally does not have to be scary. For better or worse, these experiences have moulded everything about who I am today.
I moved to Cairns about four years ago from Darwin where I lived for three years. Just as I would never have dreamed I would live in the Northern Territory, I never imagined living in Far North Queensland. The relocation from Melbourne to the Northern cities of Australia and the evolution of my personal life that it would ignite, challenged all I had come to believe and accept about who I was and the world around me. And for that I am so grateful.
Today I am a 33 year old mother of the two most delightful girls on the planet. I believe they have been sent to me to nourish me, to inspire me and to bring joy into my life. We live in a town house that looks out towards the magnificent mountainscape that fringes the city of Cairns. Our couch is the centre of our home. It is where laughs, tears, hopes, frustrations, fears, comfort and sometimes sleep are shared, either voluntarily or with loving inducement.
Much of what I will write here will be about living in Tropical North Queensland as a thirty-something year old woman, mother, sister, aunty, friend and evolving spirit grappling with existence in this life I have chosen. I look forward to sharing the lucid dreamscapes that inhabit my nocturnal consciousness, reflections that arise from contemplative afternoons spent on my ever-sunny balcony, the passions that may unexpectedly rise from the depths within me, and the lows that sometimes grab me from around dark corners.