ANZAC day was a bitter sweet day for me this year, and it had nothing to do with commemorating fallen diggers – though I do usually do that as well. This year the family gathered at my grandparents house in order to clear out a lif time of collected furniture, kitchenware, books, crockery, and thousands of knick knacks that my Grandmother gathered on their travels around the world. My grandfather, at 91 has recently moved to a nursing home, a move that he was and still is very reluctant about but which is the right thing to do, sadly. He is very old, getting confused and in need of more care than could be offered to him in his own home. I hate seeing him in the nursing home, because I can’t quite get the fit, robust and jovial image he was out of my mind to be replaced with the man I now see (that’s a good thing probably).
My parents, siblings and I all have houses full of furniture so the prospect of fitting in lots more was not one any of us could manage, but each of us have taken a few special pieces or items that we needed. For me the bigger items included an enormous chest of draws to replace the old, cheap and broken pine set Mr Good and I have in our bedroom. We have also taken some bedside tables and lamps. These will be coming by truck in a couple of weeks and I will share pictures then – they are beautiful.
The rest of my collection included some lovely jugs, cups and saucers, a teapot and milk jug, vases, a couple of knick knacks that the girls picked for the crystal cabinet and some useful baking trays and kitchen items. I also have my Grandmother’s travel journals that I will hopefully find time to read soon. These are things I will cherish and hopefully use (I’m not into dust collectors, I like practical but beautiful) and then pass on again.
These items plus those taken by the rest of the family are just the tip of the iceberg and dealing with the rest of it is a stressful and time consuming task my Mum is undertaking. It’s terribly hard to dispose of all those seemingly precious items and you can fully understand why people end up with the endless clutter in their own homes, feeling obligated to take it all.