The countdown continues. Lytteltonwitch and I spent a very constructive (though long) day yesterday doing more of the little last minute jobs and making ever more complex lists and spreadsheets. We even managed to get the accounts sorted out (well, reasonably – a full accounting won’t be possible until after the convention is over, but at least we made sure the right money is going into the right accounts).
My hallway is beginning to fill up with boxes ready to be taken to the school on Friday:
(and that’s before I start adding the boxes of books!)
We also collected together all the platters, baskets and bowls we’ll need for Friday night’s supper. Apparently the art of catering is to have elegant well-matched crockery to present the food at its best. Oh well, hopefully everyone’s going to have too much fun to notice…
And just because it’s been a while, a list of recent catches:
- A Passionate Man by Joanna Trollope – somehow travelled from Christchurch to Noosa, and is now back in NZ, in Dunedin.
- The Curious Kitten by Lucy Daniels – a catch from our Picton trip, released back into the wild in a geocache
- 1492 by Robert Thurston – caught by a tourist, and now in Austria
- The Dangerfield Diaries by Anne Melville – caught by Dutch tourists
- Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson – another catch from the Picton trip
- Das Schicksal der Zwerge by Markus Heitz – labelled with a pre-num in the Wellington YHA, and caught in Thailand
- Night of the Fair by Jay Baker – another one from the Picton trip
- Duncton Wood by William Horwood – caught the day I released it, where I released it
- Her Guilty Secret by Anne Mather – and in contrast, a book released in the same park that took six months to be caught and is on its way to Canada
- The Healer by Greg Hollingshead – another Wellington catch
- The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker – Picton trip again, and on its way to Australia
- Flight of the Intruder by Stephen Coonts – sat in Jellie Park for a week before being caught
- The Invisible Country by Paul J. McAuley – a second-generation catch from a book I released for the CPIT documentary. Looks like it’s doing the rounds of Christchurch high schools.
- Traumfänger. Die Reise einer Frau in die Welt der Aborigines by Marlo Morgan – another pre-num from the Wellington YHA that’s travelling between backpackers.
- Toxin by Robin Cook – Wellington to Canada and back again.
- Contact Two: Short Stories of the 1960s edited by FES Finn – I’m not sure if this is a genuine second-generation catch, or just the same anonymous finder journalling again a year on.
- Split Skirt by Agnes Rossi – a quick catch and re-release.
- Jennys Geheimnis by Barbara Delinksy – from Wellington to San Francisco to Germany to Wolverhampton, and now to Birmingham airport – who knows where it will get to next?
- I am David by Anne Holme – a very quick second-generation catch.
- And finally, a catch this morning: Sammy’s Secret by Margaret Nash – yep, it’s another book from the Picton trip, and being well-appreciated by the sounds of it