Well, so much for a regular blog entry! The best laid plans eh? But, it has been very busy here at the CFZ headquarters - that is my excuse anyway and I am sticking to it.
My list of 'things to do' is growing daily and it is very satisfying when I manage to actually cross an item off. I am still in the throes of trying to sort out my own bits and pieces regarding my recent move and, as I am sure you can imagine, mixing personal 'to dos' with work 'to dos' does get a bit confusing, but I think I am managing to keep the two separate at the moment.
So..... what's been happening here?
Jon has been putting the finishing touches to a new CFZ film - this time about the 2006 African expedition. It is the most ambitious film yet from CFZtv, clocking in at over an hour. We hope that it will be up in the next week or so.
Graham's main task yesterday was to tinker with the computers and sort out the updated internet connection. It is hoped to be able to eventually get my computer upstairs on to the internet, which will save my having to continually run up and down the stairs, down the corridor - negotiating the previously mentioned mountains of 'things', usually tripping over at least one of the five resident cats, and quite often having to sort out some kind of cat spat of the territorial variety on the way - when the need to send an email occurs.
Amongst other things, Oll was busy parcelling up some book orders - he does make exceedingly good parcels. He is a whizz with Excel and has also been helping Kaye - Jon's sort of stepsister - out with, what sounds like, a very complicated spreadsheet.
Richard dedicated most of the morning to cleaning out, feeding and chatting to the many and varied beasties which share the CFZ residence. After a pleasant hour or so passed giving an informal interview to the North Devon Journal Herald, Jon, Richard and I spent the afternoon and evening working on a new book - a kind of beginner's guide to cryptozoology, which it is hoped will be out in the next month or so. We thought we would try out the method of Jon and Richard dictating to me whilst I typed. This seems to work perfectly and we shall continue this exercise every day for the next week or so until it is finished. It is also giving me a crash course in aspects of cryptozoology that, up to now, have - I am perfectly willing to admit - not settled into these aged brain cells all that well.
I have also been sending out letters to local builders' merchants asking for sponsorship, in the form of any help they can generously give us with materials for building the museum. Phase one now being complete, we are eager to commence with phase two so we are hoping that some of them will be impressed with the venture, and kindly help us out.
Now, it is my turn to cook so what can I do for supper tonight, and more importantly....when do I get around to cooking it?