Nothing stays the same

Mary is working at COSAT.

COSAT is the school that was started in the Good Hope College building when they closed us down and merged us with two other Cape colleges of education. What makes the school special is that it was started to give talented disadvantaged township kids a decent go at going to university. It has grown in strength and is now moving into its own building.

For Mary to be working there is extraordinarily serendipitous. She is teaching some English and lots of Arts and Culture which is her challenge but right up her alley. She is a musician and a talented artist so she is pretty happy about it all. Hopefully it is all sustained and they all go from strength to strength.

Tamsin is moving on with her life but still has residual terrors. It seems that her survival instincts are more concentrated on finding sustainable work, which is now looking like a reality, with the Provincial administration. go Tamsin

Ruth is visiting us and that is a joy. In tune with the theme of nothing staying the same… we went to the annual Toowoomba swap Meet two weekends ago. Touted as being a HUGE event, 1700 stalls and 20,000 people through the gates. Well it was different this year. Don’t know what the stats were. There were lots of stalls

but not a lot of selling going on. We are a community in shock. Floods and Cyclone Yasi have destabilised our collective psyche. It will take time to regain equilibrium and feel free to be frivolous and spend on pleasure. Nevertheless between us Al and I did OK, so much work for too little gain.

So the next weekend Ruth and I stayed home and had a lovely weekend together while Al went out to bring home the bacon! And pretty lean it was too. So we are putting our backs into it this weekend – going in separate directions to see if we can rescue our fortunes a bit. Ruth and I to Mt Tamborine and Al to Lismore via buying stuff.

PATHWAYS also hasn’t stayed the same… forward to the next post for this.


About retrocentricaussie

We are a pair of ageing 'gypsies' who find junk and sell antiques, especially objects from the art nouveau/art deco years and old and well-loved tools. We also occasionally buy antiques as well!! We haunt clearance sales, garage sales, charity shops and sometimes dumps. Lately we have even been to a 'proper' auction. The thrill is in the chase for good stuff at prices we can afford and still sell the items on at a profit sufficient to support us. We recycle what other people don't want anymore, we find new homes for nice things. We sell at markets and antique fairs, swap meets and wherever else we can find. Our clientele are mostly ordinary people who want something they can afford that will enhance their quality of life. We are especially pleased when generation Y buy from us. It suggests that appreciation of quality and good design is still part of our modern aesthetic.
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One Response to Nothing stays the same

  1. Angela says:

    Lovely to get the link & read – thank you so much. So amazing about Mary – have some strong memories of your old work place & what it meant. Sorry that your extra uni fund raising efforts are so lean – a job with the government is what Al needs!
    Very busy week here – especially at work for us both. I was home at 8pm Thurs & 6.45 last night my last day pre the week’s leave & so so busy. Am feeling the impact now of planning for departure on July 1st- such mixed feelings now that my workplace has become such a pleasant place to operate in. Surely therefore, the right time to go!!
    Love & hugs, Angie

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