I had a whale of a time at Christmas. It was so long ago, I hear you say: ‘what was that’. I had several additions to my tea towel collection. I bought one when I went to see The Mousetrap. The others I got as gifts. The were all in, displays of good grace and sparkling wit.
Time to be Jolly
Christmas time was down time for me – I didn’t do a lick of work for two weeks, I turned off my computer – it’s part of living my life like it’s golden. But, I performed three administrative tasks: first I made entries to my Christmas card and gift book – more about this another day; secondly I marked important dates in the calendar – things like tax disc renewal etc. Finally, and importantly, I altered the provisions of my will. It’s my day job, so I’d have on excuse for leaving such a thing undone.
The changes, there were two of them. I’ve a new niece since l wrote the document, so I’ve made provision for her. And, I’ve followed my own advice of leaving gifts to those who’d get the most out of them.
Cost and Worth
In my book Maximum Inheritance, we discussed how my friend and client has a super dooper spinning wheel – with instructions of how it was to be disposed off.
Tea towels aren’t in the same league as coins, stamps or wines as collectable items. But, if one knows where to look…
These items aren’t meant to remove water from dishes, or dry hands. They are collectables – their worth exceeds their cost. With the right person, the pleasure is boundless, such that to take measure is cruelty.
Previously, my tea towel collection would have got lost in the residue of my estate. The collection would have been wasted it would have been bits of cloth of little intrinsic value, and would have at best ended up in a charity shop. What a waste that would have been.
The solution: bequeath (free of all taxes, and all other costs) my collection to the Virtual Tea Towel Museum. Barbara would know what to do with it. She’d make sure the lot went to a good home. I wouldn’t want the set to merely drying hands or cleaning dishes.