The sun was shining but a darkish cloud was threatening to put an end to the fine weather activities. One of the residents had said if there was no rain or wind on Thursday he'd light the garden waste fire. (Imagine the uproar if the wind sprang up and drifted smoke over the village!) The tractor driver had similar thoughts about turning the hay. They both got the job done.
I like how the community works in my new home. Those who can, do. The more able-bodied do the more physical stuff like maintaining the common areas, the public gardens, etc. The rest of us do what we can. I'm not up to much bending and gardening but I can sew, knit and crochet so I do those things and contribute towards our stall at the local market. This is this week's effort. All made from left over bits of material. Although my eyesight is not sharp I get by but put off the hand sewing until there is good light and I can sit outside and do it. I used to be quietly proud of my neat hand sewing but now I'm happy if it doesn't look too bad to me as I know my standard in that department is pretty high.
My unit is very small so most of the work happens in the kitchen where I cut out on the bench-top and where I pin things together because the light is better there than in the living room where the sewing machine sits on my desk.
So I'm now in the habit of using the kitchen to prepare an early lunch or even making a lunch to eat later if I want to start earlier. I have to stop in time to clear everything away to prepare my dinner and vacuum the living room carpet to pick up all the threads I seem to drop everywhere. I tell myself sewing is making me a tidier person.
I'm reluctant to admit it but I've forgotten how to do some things. I got myself into a real tizz when I couldn't remember how to do mitered corners. I spent a couple of days feeling quite upset about it then I remembered YouTube tutorials. I've become such a YouTube fan.