Arg the Garage isn't big enough!

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Our stuff that people will buy soon (note the yellow stickers soon to be shrapnelised by overly keen customers)
Isn't it amazing that when push comes to shove you can fit an awful lot into an undersized single car garage. Our three years of asset accrual became cash in the hand this weekend. We learnt a valuable lesson about people. No matter how good a deal something is they always want it cheaper. It doesn't matter if it is a dvd recorder worth $600 with a price tag of $100 on it. They want you to throw in 5 cds and a woollen blanket and they will give you $70. No wait... they only have $60 in their car so that'll have to do... right?

Sigh. (Just so you know we appreciate all the help people gave us in buying our stuff coz we didnt want to store it for years and I wrote the above paragraph with a large dollop of fondness)

So now our house looks like a graveyard.
The bird with no name that likes me and not Hannah so much.
Yellow stickers with $3 and $2 written on them litter the once vibrant rooms. Ripped packing paper peeks from beneath broken boxes. The air hangs stale. Skin and hair follicles which have not been seen for years float around the room with reckless abandon. Broken cd cases and unwanted produce is strewn around the place as if by some abstract artist's distracted hand. One may question whether it has all been worth it for an extra penny in the pocket. Is it enough for a fresh start? Well yeah moneywise maybe, but I get the odd impression that this start will finish the same way that it has begun--with supermarket boxes and packing tape.

Yet here we are. There is no going back now--not since someone just bought Lemony (Hannah's pet canary) and someone else bought our other bird (A cockatiel without a proper name).
Introducing Lemony - Lemon in colour, but not lemon in nature


Interestingly enough, (for us at least) we were struck by how friendly NZ people are. At this garage sale we met many a man or his wife and kids who inquired after where we were going, how soon, and what for. They gave much helpful advice (such as dress warm and dont let anyone steal anything too valuable) and did their best to lighten our load without lightening their pocket. My wife and I were rather taken aback at how amiable people were. We do not expect to encounter another nation of people who is as willing to spend the time talking about your life as if it really mattered to them (seriously) for as long as you were willing to talk about it. (Although most of the people in New Zealand come from other places so they are all included in the above comments by inference). It makes one (and the other) even sadder to leave.

Oh yeah.. Other news... We got notice that we have working visas so all this prep is not in vain. :) And we watched "I Am Legend" after the Garage Sale which makes us a little scared of New York and the wild deer population there. Maybe we will leave that till further down the list ;)

Anyway, I've included more New Zealandy pictures in this post as we reflect on times past. Feel free to peruse at your leisure.
michellepowell says:
Like the photos.
Posted on: Feb 03, 2008
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Our stuff that people will buy soo…
Our stuff that people will buy so…
The bird with no name that likes m…
The bird with no name that likes …
Introducing Lemony - Lemon in colo…
Introducing Lemony - Lemon in col…
My stag do view (cant remember whe…
My stag do view (cant remember wh…
Stag do again.
Stag do again.
Climbing a mountain covered in sno…
Climbing a mountain covered in sn…
Not a bad lake really.
Not a bad lake really.
A really brown field on the Otago …
A really brown field on the Otago…
Some rocks and a path.
Some rocks and a path.
A view from the side of a mountain…
A view from the side of a mountai…
The gorge at Otira Gorge.
The gorge at Otira Gorge.
A waterfall on Mt Somers.
A waterfall on Mt Somers.
Mount Somers tramp. Note the ragin…
Mount Somers tramp. Note the ragi…
Also Mt Somers although from the b…
Also Mt Somers although from the …
The view from the top of the side …
The view from the top of the side…
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