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After moving 60 times, businesswoman Orina Wyness sets up shop in Leominster
MOVING into her new shop was a breeze for one 80-year-old businesswoman.
For Orina Wyness has plenty of practice in unpacking as she has now moved home a total of 60 times.
She might be a Yorkshirewoman by birth, but has lived all over the world with her husband – who was in the navy – and has settled down in such places as Australia and France.
Now, Orina has set up Birdcage Antiques in Leominster.
There, she hopes to sell some of the rare and unusual textiles, haberdashery, lace, ceramics, glassware and metalware she has accumulated through her travels.
She said of her time globetrotting: “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
You’d think you’d like to put down roots and stay put but you can’t help yourself. It’s like a disease.”
Orina has had a number of jobs – including a spell in an abattoir – but has mainly been in retail and once owned an antiques shop in Australia.
She has now set a personal record by managing to stay in Herefordshire for five years but is already thinking of where to go next. “I’ll stay here for a while but then we’ll downsize and head to Devon,” Orina said.
The Lake District and Australia are on the list of best places to live according to Orina, who adds that every location has its advantages.
“I’ve been able to meet so many people and I’ve got a drawer full of address books,” she said.
“Travelling has helped keep me young. It means your mind can’t get stale.”
Shoppers can get a taste of Orina’s travelling by visiting the shop in the Buttercross from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Friday.
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