Every Wednesday, members of the vehicle team meet up to work on projects to (hopefully) bring to the show. Last year this included painting the ops room trailer, and waking up/servicing the running fleet.
Tonight we’re sorting paint tins, uncovering the lathe (which had been used as a rather convenient shelf), and working on the ‘new’ body tub for The Little Lady jeep, which appeared as a rolling chassis at the 2014 show.
This involves grinding away copious amounts of filler and old paint!
The workshop and vehicles are part of the Shopland Collection:
Above is a picture of what a woman’s ration book could look like during the war, because so many clothes were being rationed, everyone was encouraged to “make do and mend” as I am sure many of you already know. I think that we are a bit lazy in today’s society where a lot of us replace something that is torn or stained with something brand new instead of trying to repair or refashion the way we used to. How often do you hear of someone remaking an old outfit or turning drapes and bedding into clothes?
Why not add a nice lace to a tired blouse?
Or change the buttons?
Hopefully me and my trusty cat companion (who is an expert at choosing fabrics) can inspire some of you to at least give sewing a go and if you’ve got a tip of your own, please do share!