I have a couple of free days, days where all I actually HAVE to do are the usual minutiae of life, no appointments, no deadlines. Perfect for spinning or knitting.
Only it’s not. It’s too hot to be playing with wool, and I am not knitting with this on my lap.
I’m not complaining about the weather (well I was when I was stuck in my daughter’s car for over an hour, no idea how to get home, with no air con, no map (who doesn’t have a map in their car) and no phone charger, so no google maps either). I was complaining about a lot then.
I have been doing a spot of decluttering over the past week (stay with me, there is a sequitur). Finally, those irritating things around the house have tipped me over the edge and they are all allocated to new homes (divided between the local Clothing bank and a friend who runs charity sales every week – she ought to be on the route to canonisation if you are reading this up there!) Even our old fridge (working but surplus to requirements), a duvet, some linen and a memory foam mattress went somewhere where they will be appreciated rather than snarled at as we pass by.
Yesterday I decided it was time to face my studio, which is rather overstocked. Part of the overstock is the pile of mending that has been waiting patiently for attention. Top of the pile is a dress I made out of two dresses that no longer fitted. It’s a summer dress, it’s cool (as in temperature, I wouldn’t dream of aspiring to social or fashion coolness) and perfect for the railway track melting temperatures we are currently experiencing. Well it would be if I mended it. So I did.
Then I hemmed a pair of trousers, sewed on quite a lot of buttons, ran up a few seams and done! I love the colours. Now I have to wash and iron it all.
I, like many of my generation, was fortunate enough to have been brought up in a family where mending was the norm. There were times when my mother’s frugal ways mortified the arrogant youth in me. Grating up soap heels to make new bars was something I don’t believe any of my friends did on a Saturday afternoon. But guess what I still do it.
I’m not banging a new drum in saying that we have become a throwaway society, but we have done it at remarkable speed. Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could become a mending society just as quickly. Actually, it wouldn’t just be lovely …. it’s vital.
Love Gillie x