Some of my criteria for what makes a bloke a good one, apart from all the usual characteristics, is an innate ability to understand the innards of machinery, a skill in fixing things, and the ability to back a trailer – things not always found in women – particularly backing trailers, unless they have been mothers to horse mad daughters and were required to back horse floats through gates and other awkward spaces. Luckily my daughter was fonder of smaller creatures, like frogs and insects, so my lack of backing skills was never an issue.
Since living here, with the occasional need to fetch bales of pea straw for mulching the garden, wood shavings for the chook house or haul garden rubbish to the tip, my inadequacy in this area meant I usually relied on others to do this for me, unless I could guarantee that wherever I went, there was sufficient room to drive car and trailer in a big circle!
Earlier this year a friend tried to teach me the intricacies of trailer backing with limited success – It was a potentially explosive situation of stress and anxiety under pressure to perform, due I think to lack of patience on his part, and a tendency to get flustered on mine. Anyway, I have persisted and today scored a small personal victory – I made two trips to the tip with huge trailer loads of garden rubbish – sounds simple, but I had to back the trailer on several occasions to first of all get close to the pile of greenery to load it, and then to avoid the mud and slush at the tip and get close enough to dump it on the designated area. I had the same sense of satisfaction as if I had just completed some very complicated piece of piecing or stitchery! Now I just want a trailer of my own, so I can do this easily whenever I need…….perhaps I could then set up a slalom course in my front garden for practice?
Glad you all liked my sewing machine thingy – I can report that it does work well for me. Doreen suggested tying some thread snips to the machine so they do not get lost – a good idea indeed, but I also have a system for that too. I have a suction hook attached to the top of my machine, and hang a pair there – they are always in reach…….if I remember to put them back!