If you could learn a trade — say carpentry, electrical work, roofing, landscaping, plumbing, flooring, drywall — you name it — what skill(s) would you love to have in your back pocket?
There are actually loads of new skills I would love to learn. I dabbled with mosaic for the first time this week and although the result did not even remotely represent my intended subject, I am extremely proud of my first effort.
I have in fact taught myself a new skill over the last few years – that of terrace walling, which is a desirable talent when gardening on steeply sloping ground. The thousands of stones of all sizes have been collected from the garden and from the surrounding countryside.
I have in fact just finished rebuilding my terraces, not I hasten to add because they were shoddily built in the first place (they have withstood weeks of heavy rain, and the horse has clambered over them on a couple of occasions) but simply due to inexperience the first time around. They were too narrow and were not very useful. Although David is always ready to respond to a request for help when I need a new supply of stones from wherever I have spied a landslide on my travels by foot or on horseback, I have actually placed every stone and mixed every bucket of mud with my own fair hands (actually not quite so fair after all that rough work!)
But now they are rebuilt and are just awaiting some new plants, before they are covered in weed matting and gravel. I have to say, I am rather proud of my very hard work!