It's been a brutal few months in this part of the world with daily maximum temperatures hovering between the high-30s and mid-40s for weeks on end. Too unpleasant to work in the bindery so I've done other bookish things such as demonstrate how to make lidded boxes; organise a master class for a visiting French fine binder; and bring to Canberra an exhibition that ran at the NSW Writers' Centre at the beginning of the year. With cooler weather, enthusiasm is building for my 'real' work. I've started with a bit of a tidy-up, in the course of which I came across a fish skin I bought towards the end of last year. Unfortunately I cannot remember what I intended to do with it!