Walkabout 54 – this is the last post in this blog

Promises and more promises…


That is the link to the photos promised in the last post, which I haven’t finished captioning.  I will do do in due course with Al’s help.  I don’t remember the names of places too well.

We have been home since the end of March.  The move was accomplished with a lot of help from Angela and Kevin and Ruth and we are gradually still settling in, but I am so happy to be here.  Never thought I would say this, but I am.  It is a beautiful spot, the surf thunders away, the birds let us know they are around and I am at peace. This has taken a while to happen, the online work tended to take over my life a bit, as did getting organised and accepting that I couldn’t achieve it all with or without Al’s help,  and we had to pursue our hobby at the same time.

You will realise that we did not go north for the winter with the other Mexicans as we had planned.  We just could not get organised – and in addition the car blew its gearbox.  We are very nervous about this car now, we are so deeply in debt over keeping it on the road that we don’t want to risk any further crises with it.  It can’t do what we need it to do as in carry weight and pull the caravan, so we are in the process of changing our modus operandi.  Less weight and pull a trailer instead.  This implies less overnight comfort as well – so shorter trips until we are more financial. Unfortunately at present the only new stock we seem to find is heavy, dirty, bulky…. or all three in one, but then we are disciplined about how much we take each time.  Not being on the road means that it will be waiting at home for next time..

Last weekend we bought a self-inflating mattress to sleep on at the Coffs Swap meet.  It didn’t inflate (!) but I was so exhausted that I slept anyway, we were lovely and warm and Sunday was a successful swap meet for us.  We often have a high strike rate and did again so we felt pretty good. Interestingly, we only put out Al’s old tools, some cheap books I am trying to get rid of, one table of bric a brac and the flat display boxes. For a change we sold a lot out of the display boxes including some camera equipment that I had almost despaired of selling.  The big advantage of swap meets is that they cost so little to stand.  It will be Nabiac next weekend where bric a brac is not allowed!!  and it is a 2 day swap.  The shop is replacing the mattress and will test it before we collect it.  Here’s hoping.  O yes must mention the car manuals.  Al bought a heap at Lismore a week or so ago and they went well, amazing those dirty scabby old things fetch quite big money especially when they are rare.

Enough for this post – will be writing into the Blog called The Sinnies at home and Abroad and the Wannabe PhD.  See ya later!!

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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1 Response to Walkabout 54 – this is the last post in this blog

  1. sylviaanne says:

    OMG you are an amazing couple. I am finding life hard a the moment, can’t get my a into g or see much purpose in anything much, no major reason why. Then I read of your adventures and your resilience and I am in awe and want to give myself a big shake……

    Well done you two and I hope you settle well into your home. I love reading your blog.

    Much love

    Anne xx

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