With all the grim news that surrounds us the chance to see some light hearted TV and switch off from reality is a considerable draw.
The viewing figures for the BBC’s ‘repair shop’ is growing. The subtle mixture of the provenance of items brought to be repaired and the painstaking skill of the specialist make it interesting and rewarding. OK we have to overlook asking the question why the cherished heirloom has spent the last 40 years in a bucket in the shed.
The process of repair and restoration often involves the patience of a saint and the intimate knowledge of the thousands of twiddly bits that make a clock tell the time.
Undaunted we have all been charged up with the thought of renovating the ancient heap of rust that once was a lawnmower stuck in the garage under that thingy. If only we had the time. But wait, we have the time. The Chinese virus lock down has granted us endless amounts of time. If only we have a workshop, lathe, chisels, spanners and a spare cow hide, and …….patience.
Moving up a notch or two we can see the admirable guys who have bought a French Chateau for £5 and spent £500,000 doing it up. Most of them appear to have zero experience in the restoration process but possess bags of enthusiasm and willing relatives. It is a testimony to the courage or complete lack of awareness of some people. It is a magnificent example of true British true grit. We can trot over to France and buy a derelict Chateau cast aside by our French buddies who had previously thought sod that. What with the leaking roofs, ancient plumbing, sparking electrical circuits and workmen who speak in a ‘foreign’ language. Our mates love a challenge.
Hiring specialist equipment, rock hammers and plumbing tools our buddies set about a project the rest of us think is just a brick short of utter madness. Then behold a wedding venue emerges and our valiant chaps reveal they have absolutely no experience of catering, weddings or any common sense of the reality or enormity of the task. It’s all been Googled.
And now the reality of it all. Having sunk everything into the project they are now in the midst of the Chinese virus. All wedding are off for the foreseeable and they are in the middle of France. I just hope they, like many thousands of small enterprises at home can financially survive and recover and once again flourish. In the meantime thanks for sharing a dream.