Guess What’s Arrived?

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Thursday 02 January, 2014 by Uncle Spike

When I was widowed, I sold up, emigrated and started over. I sold my car, cottage and even my beloved motorbike and that was that. All I had left was what I could stuff in two suitcase.

All the furniture and appliances were given away to friends, and all the rest of the stuff, from clothes to trinkets, cutlery to bedclothes were given to charity. People had been good to us over the years, so it was time to return some of that help to others who were in more need than I.

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I wasn’t even 40 at the time, so starting a complete new chapter, for me, was the right thing to do I felt. Looking back, I still agree.

My ‘bestist friend’, known as Uncle Baldrick to our kid, stored a few things at his house that had escaped the ‘giveaway’, and over the years, he’s brought all sorts of stuff over as/when he visits. Some of the more bizarre things he’s brought over have been quite comical.

For instance, one year he brought over a Karcher Power Washer in his backpack!! I had only used it a couple of times before my late wife become sick, so it was one of those few things that didn’t get given away.

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He even came over once wearing my full bike leathers (lol). They were too heavy to pack, so he wore them on the plane 🙂 Then there was the large cake and food mixer and even a bicycle for kiddo!

Another year it was my old ceramic tiling tools and painting gear. Then another time it was a 230mm (9″) very heavy duty angle grinder (metal/stone cutter) that weighed 7kg (15lb)!

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As far as personal belongings, I had just a few bits that came with me, but that was it. Until now…

Last night Uncle Baldrick returned, complete with 43kg (95lbs) of luggage!! What did he bring? Well, how about a heavy duty garden fork, various cooking spices and foodstuffs we cannot buy here but good old Amazon online shopping can deliver to his door, some 2nd hand lego for Cousin Spike Jnr, sunglasses, muesli to name but a few…

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And how about this… a 20kg (44lb) box of assorted photographs from the mid 1980’s through to the early 2000’s. Hoorah!! What this means is that I have finally been reunited with my travel photos, and even a few of my ‘youth’ (lol).

I now have many many hours to spend with our old 3-in-1 printer/scanner thingy, but over the coming months, I’ll be finally be able to do the blogging I have been longing to do 🙂

Watch his space I guess….

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29 thoughts on “Guess What’s Arrived?

  1. […] mixer, complete with blender and other attachment gadgets – you’ll be astonished at what he can bring as luggage when he visits […]

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  2. […] latest toy…. a garden fork that Uncle Baldrick brought over from the UK last New Years (never seen them here), but made short work of the veggie areas compared […]

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  3. […] tried the new garden fork that Uncle Baldrick brought over at New Years, nope, it didn’t do much at all. A pickaxe would do it, but too much like […]

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  4. […] the garden fork, the tools and the 5,000 old photographs? Well, that’s not all that Uncle Baldrick brought over on his […]

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  5. Can’t wait to see the pictures of Uncle Spikie – the early years 😀

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  6. raiz1972 says:

    Brilliant , what a great friend . And what an amazing selection of goods he managed to get to ya .

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  7. londoncab53 says:

    What a friend! It’s nice to have your garden tools though, you get used to them and they just feel comfortable to work with. Plus, it’s nice to blend the past with the present, it is after all what makes us us:)

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  8. Uncle Baldrick is a great friend to have! It’s quite eye-opening that that backpack weighed so much! Happy new year indeed! HA!

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  9. That’s what friends are for…

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  10. ballerina95 says:

    Hooray for Uncle Baldrick. He deserves a write-up! 🙂

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  11. I just glanced up at Kim’s comment and I had the same question. How did he manage to get all those things through security and onto a plane? Curious.

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      Just packed in the hold luggage. As long as you have no access to them and they are not on the list of banned weapons it’s all above board (or perhaps he’s just never been caught, lol)

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  12. cynthiamc1 says:

    I am so sorry about your wife. Kudos to you for having the courage to pick up and start over. I had to laugh at the objects – when we were in the military and moving a lot, our question was “what do we love enough to pay shipping for?” Now that we’re (seemingly) settled, the question is “what do we love enough to unpack?” Best wishes for much success in the new year.

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      Thanks Cynthia. I was blessed first time and second time round.

      On our income the extra luggage costs were considerable, but as you say, one’s values change when you miss something 🙂

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  13. Gill McGrath says:

    Wow . It will be nice to see those photos and hear the background stories (on a roll!)…..

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  14. fredrieka says:

    Wow that guy knows how to pack

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  15. Kim13 says:

    I wander how he got half those “weapons” on a plane! LOL

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