In the beginning…

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December 20th – this van arrived at 7 am – we had already done 3 hours’ work… we worked and worked… and then followed the van to Grafton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grafton,_New_South_Wales), where we are storing our home.  The van got lost in a terrific rainstorm so we waited but then I left Alan to head South to paradise!  To my sister and brother-in-law’s place near Moonee Beach. Al helped them pack and stack until there was not even room for a pin in the shed.

We are starting to feel like ordinary humans on holiday again.  Angela is busy making curtains for the caravan while I hold the domestic fort and Alan does the ‘man’ bits of curtain installing!  Once this is done and the caravan cleaned again we will be good to walkabout on the wallaby.DSC00220

Christmas was a lovely peaceful event – understated and much to my taste.DSC00234 This is the wreath made from native flowers from the garden.

The service at the Uniting Church in Woolgoolga was a gentle event.  The congregation doesn’t have a minister so there is a small worship committee who devise the services and did a wonderful job of this one,  it was filled with kind humour, and profound insights into the modern meanings of the Christmas story.  I was inspired and am determined to start going to church as regularly as I can again.

We have had a couple of wonderful walks on the beaches nearby – Bella is thriving in the waves and has developed a real routine of stick chasing and returning.  She goes out of her depth at times to retrieve the stick.  Unfortunately her dislike of Staffordshire terriers is still an issue and we have to keep her away from any that wander into our vicinity!!

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I have been reminded of how beautiful this part of the world is and we were prompted to ask ourselves why we were planning to live in a caravan when our own house at Safety Beach is looking so beautiful?

The answer to the question is that we are feeling very aware of our mortality in the face of recent bereavements and impending sorrows so reckoned that as my job had fallen in a hole we should read the signs and take off to explore Australia.  We read I Left my Hat in Andamooka by Clifford Austin this year and were inspired by his description of the simple way he lived and the interesting people he met and places he saw as he explored the Australian opal fields and wrote his articles and made his movie.  So here we are about to do it our way.

Wish us luck

We wish you a wonderful 2013, peace, health and prosperity

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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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3 Responses to In the beginning…

  1. Lovely series of blogs, thoughtful and tender…. have just got back to a snow-filled Toronto with Rob, after the long haul back from a busy and sometimes distracting month in SA – lots to think about and digest. Can’t say I have my head around it all, not by a long way…. All the best for your voyage of exploration, and for a meaningful and contented New Year. Much love, Glen

  2. Thanks mate and a prosperous and interesting 2013 to you too.

  3. Angela Lownie says:

    Lovely photos! Lovely to have you all to share our Christmas. Kevin and Angie

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