Alan and I have come to a solemn decision. Sparked by my back causing me considerable and continuing pain, not alleviated by panadol, we have done some introspection… We went to Nambour Collectorama and as usual did reasonably well but at packing up time I was in dreadful pain. Not the normal aching feet and back. It was intense and even a very hot shower didn’t help, nor did sitting quietly in the car.
We went to a birthday party in Brisbane afterwards and enjoyed the loving family atmosphere and sense of normal social activity. We slept in the van at our friends’ place and left early to come home. We took Bella out to Boonah for breakfast and didn’t stop talking about the Fair and the future of our trading adventures. We have just spent a bit of money on stock and replacing the gazebo after its accident at Toowoomba. We looked at the figures, returns over expenditure on individual items and thought about the costs, fuel has rocketed for example, we have to have a big job done on the van and on the house at Safety Beach, so the financial pressure is on.
The question is do we go on trading, buying and selling and exhausting ourselves and hammering our bodies, especially mine or do we pull the pin for a bit and think about what we want to do? We have decided to give trading a break. We will manage the financial pressure out of our regular earnings and then in May we might go to the
Alstonville Antiques air organised by the Rotary Club there and then in August we will go to the Rockhampton Swap and have a week away around it. We might have a garage sale before I visit South Africa so that Alan can invest in a bit more rusty stuff for Rockhampton – but for the rest we will live like normal people. Work in our garden, in our house, on my PhD, send some stuff to auctions maybe … go for walks and the beach and try and restore some quality to our lives.
We have no exciting plans, just to slow down and look after ourselves and do things more comfortably.