It was the last day of the basket weaving course yesterday. I will really miss it. I have made three shopping baskets and a large platter which will look fabulous on the table filled with bread or fruit. I love working with my hands but basket weaving is very hard on the hands. It starting me thinking about the many people in the past who made their living from making baskets Whole families would often be involved in growing and processing the willow and making the baskets. They would have taken great pride in their craft, but it would have been a hard way to make a living especially as you got older. It would take me many years to be as skilled as them and I don't think my hands would be able to cope with it for many years. Today there are few people who make their living from making baskets, cheap imports have taken over. They will not last anywhere near as long as a proper willow basket made by a skilled person with care and pride. I feel it is worth paying extra for something that will last, and help to keep the skills alive.
Work on the creaky floors and stairs continues, you probably think I live in an old house with all the creaking, but it is in fact 15 years old. The problem has been the shoddy work by the builders. There seems to be no pride in the work, it was all done in a hurry. We are now having to take it all up and redo it properly before we put the house on the market. It is the latest in a long list of jobs that we have done to bring the house up to scratch. It baffles me how so called professionals can do such poor standard work without any feelings of guilt. We fought the company who built our house and got compensation, but I just don't understand why they didn't do it right in the first place. Cutting corners didn't save them any money in the end.
We have been thinking about moving for many years but it has never been the right time for various reasons, including my health. News that 800 houses and a supermarket are going to be built near us has spurred me on. When we moved here we were on the outskirts of the city, now we are being engulfed by it. I really don't know how the roads will cope with the extra traffic, there are huge queues in and out of the city now. The houses will no doubt be thrown up in a hurry by a national company like ours was, causing problems for the owners for many years to come.
It seems a shame that now we have got the house up to scratch we are looking to sell it, also the whole process of buying and selling is incredibly stressful but I yearn to move back out into the countryside, preferably to an old house.
What do you prefer, old or new houses?