Aside from the sticky heat, my second week in Canowindra has been full of town activities and characters. The Christmas Shopping Days were deemed a success, given all the committee were up against with COVID, harvest and 40 degree weather (with what I consider 100% humidity!). Shopper numbers ebbed and flowed, with many businesses seeing an increase in sales. I enjoyed having a wander and meeting some lovely ladies with the Lions’ sausage sizzle out the front of Montrose. Kay Fall, Jo Boyd, Lorne Burgess and I had a conversation about the consequences of COVID-19 to communities. Lorne noted, “A phone is okay but you miss the connection of a cup of tea, a sense of community.” The ladies remarked that it is particularly difficult for older people who struggle with technology and they encouraged the community to check in with their neighbours.
I’m very excited to hear from Santa this week. He’s going to be answering reader questions in the next two issues so make sure you send your questions in to me via email firstname.lastname@example.org or message me via Facebook with a festive photo of yourself and I will pass them on to Santa.
As I type this letter, Better Homes and Garden’s host Johanna Griggs is getting a tour of the town from Tommy Jeffs with her whole crew! Sneak peek photos are up now on our Canowindra Phoenix Facebook page. Full story will be available in the next issue.