The cocks in the distance can just be heard announcing the new day, Alan is gurgling contentedly in his sleep and the first birds are chirping their prelude to the full-on row the rainbow lorikeets will make while feeding on the palm trees.  Today is yard day. Much tidying up of overgrown trees and shrubs and removal of weeds is scheduled for today.  In the meantime  I write at my desk with bits of detritus that have yet to find a home in the semi-chaos of our 90% packed home!  Had to rummage in the pile of clothes destined for the caravan for something to wear out to dinner last night!  It is all go here.  And I am relaxed and well.  Lots of lovely emails and farewell encounters have worked to make me know that I did well in my work and will be remembered for a while at least!  And can go forth knowing this. The campus director said all the right things and so did I and the glow was rosy.

In the meantime my dear friend of school days now in Virginia in the US is preparing leave us and join the other angels in heaven.  Characteristically she has embraced her situation and is in charge of the process.  Nevertheless this is a very sad time and provides the necessary reality check for me.  I am reminded why I am going walkabout now and not working for a bit longer! 

When it is too hot to be outside anymore we will pack the caravan, do another run to the dump and get the stuff ready for the Tender Centre in Toowoomba. The silent auction that has been pretty good for us so far, better than the pig and calf auction in Warwick!!  At least at the TC the items are displayed for 3 days for people to think about their bids.  Still there are some regrets, but at least stuff turns into money either way.



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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2 Responses to Pre-dawn

  1. David Amies says:

    Nice when university departments say good things about one. UNSW was effusive with my praises when I departed in June. I shall assume they were sincere and not just relieved to see me off the premises.
    Good luck on the next phase of your journey.
    Stay cheerful and in touch.

  2. John Pilgrim says:

    Good to hear you cheerful about this next stage of your life. Adrienne will be in Jo’burg Feb 24-March 15. I will meet her in Cape Town March 16 and be there until 31st. hope that we can link up. Happy travels.

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