And so we did. My bedroom contains the only remains of that time of our life, a nest of carved black rosewood tables and my inlaid Chinese bedroom cupboard, aside from what I mention a bit later in this post. The work well in my bedroom here. Under this window is the perfect space for the nest of tables. Don't enlarge the picture as you can see dust. I must speak to Household Management about that. The skirting boards, window ledges and architraves are all original. They are not quite as yellowed in real life. I joke that they are ivory, but they were bright white eggshell/two pack painted when we moved here. We did not want to spoil their look, so they have never been painted the original. It is going to have happen though. The Chinese jar was bought many years ago and worth over $150 now. The wooden ducks were given to us by a friend after he holidayed in Bali. He died from AIDS soon after in the 1990s. The wall on the right is where I gouged it out with a black mark the other night when I stumbled and grabbed the chair to steady myself.
Yes, there is a padlock on the cupboard doors for when family stay when we are not here. The wall is not orange but a sandy colour.
So in our modern unit that was once a traditional house, we refurnished. For the first time in our lives we were mortgage free. We spent money like there was no tomorrow, although our tastes are modest. We visited Sydney three times that year. Once for a holiday, then for Mardi Gras and then Sleaze Ball.
We bought a new glass and steel Z frame desk and a new office chair, and nearly thirty years later, we were still using them.
Just one other remnant of times past is our auto trolley or tea trolley. We can't afford staff to wheel tea and cakes to us, so it is a static drinks stand now. It was given to us by the Brother Twins back in the 1980s, whose Mother originally bought it. The etching on the glass is very nice and the 'mudguards' are bakelite.
R often moans about the desk and the chair, but I saw no reason to change either. The chair is extremely comfortable and the desk fits the space where it sits perfectly. Ok, it is dated, but so is much of what we now have. How many hours have our bums sat on this chair since the early 1990s?
'R, what are these black marks on the carpet?' 'Coming from the chair, I think', he replied.
Well R, no argument from me now. We need a new desk chair. It cost a whole $80. God knows how much we paid for the old one, but a lot more, and we bought the filing cabinet and desk about the same time. The new chair is comfortable enough but I can't see it lasting nearly thirty years.