Having a clear out

We (the family) are having a major clear out.

It’s not quite ‘everything must go’, but we are looking at everything and asking a ‘keep or get rid’ question of it.

I have eBayed much stuff in the last few weeks, and have raised enough money to buy a new push-bike.

But there’s a lot more to go – and we all need to contribute.

The question has just been asked if we’re going to chuck loads of stuff away, or flog it at a car boot.

You can count my ‘selling stuff at a car boot sale’ experiences on the finger of a single finger.

And what we’re looking at is a substantial family-wide collection/contribution of varied stock.

The ultimate aim of this exercise is to downsize our possessions to stuff that we use, rather than have stuff that we own that occupies 2/3rds of the house (and never/seldom) sees the light of day.

When we have accomplished this our forthcoming house moves should be easier, and we should be on the way to being able to fit a quart into a pint pot.

Or a family of four into a houseboat.

Must. Not. Spend. More. Money

I bought a dingy before I hit my teens.

It was an 8′ GRP; I used her on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, in the summers, until I left home.

She looked a lot like this:



Years later, no longer in my teens, I learned to sail.

I learned serious racing and blue-water sailing in a 36′ yacht, a Sigma:

Sigma 36

Sigma 36

I loved the Sigma.

Stripped down, as you’d expect a racer to be, she was fast, nimble, responsive; everything a serious racing yacht should be.

They say you should never go back to an old flame.

But are they always right?