Andrew, I need money. I am having a garage sale before christmas. For some reason Mother managed to gee up Tradie Brother and get him onside. He brought tables and erected shelter, as shelter was well needed as the chosen Saturday was the wettest Saturday in history.
R and I arose at six to bolt down coffee and cereal, and half dead, drive to Mother's town, a mere hour away. A 9AM garage sale means people arrive at eight, one arriving at seven.
There were plenty of viewers, but not too many buyers. A grand total of $180. There was significant competition on the day. The best stuff has already gone and there is not much left of any value. R was amazed at what rubbish they bought. I was amazed at what they didn't buy. It was actually $160 Mother earned for all our efforts, as R slipped in $20 to the kitty, never mind the $500 he recently gave her, from a very disapproving me. R hardly has money to throw away.
I was in the kitchen when I heard a crash. Dreaded Nephew was playing on his laptop on the outside steps. I was inside trying to set up strings over the fireplace for Mother to hang her christmas cards. A the crash happened, I saw Dreaded Nephew's laptop fly high into the air as tried to grab his Nan as she fell. She misplaced her footing on steps and fell into her potted plants behind a sale table. There was a customer there at that point and she was trying to insist getting Mother up and inside. No one took notice of her and we let Mother get up in her own time. Well, helped up by R and Dreaded Newphew. There is rarely a rush to get people up off the ground if they have fallen. Let them gather their senses.
Fortunately the rain started seriously at midday, so we packed up and we were home by two.
We did come across late Step Father's slide projector, screen and assorted slides. Many slides were of budgerigars, which he used to breed, but there were a few family shots too. Sister is Law is to marry her new beau next weekend. We came across slides of her first wedding to Tradie Brother, some twenty five years ago.
Would you like to come around for a slide night?