The Old Ways

It takes less than 5 minutes to clean through the boat, well on the inside anyway.
In our old house, we had his and hers hoovers as I couldn’t get on with the cylinder (of The Henry series) and Hubby didn’t like the upright. Well, mine failed a few weeks before we moved out, and his, well sadly his went to a charity shop as it was too fat to get aboard to do the job here, let alone store it anywhere.
Today, our cleaning tool cost the princely sum of £1 and consists of a long handled dustpan and brush. It’s brilliant for getting into those annoying little corners, and let’s face it, everything on the boat is little (except us).

This morning it got me thinking how people managed years ago before all these new ideas and gizmos were invented.
cleaningYou see films of charladies with their feather dusters and housewives beating their mats on the washline, and I can remember my mother’s first washing machine, one with a detachable mangle that fitted on the top. At least it was an improvement on my great grandmother’s washboard over the sink and a bar of soap.

Times have certainly changed.
Most couples are both working and/or have young families so labour saving devices are the norm and shock, horror if you haven’t got the latest TV entertainment centre or dishwasher delux that loads itself and also makes the tea.
We still get looks of amazement when we say we haven’t got a telly, and haven’t had one for almost 8 years now.
Hubby doesn’t like the electronic and computerised gadgetry of practically everything you buy these days, from phones to washer dryers, cars to computers, etc, etc.
Spark plugs and points are so much a thing of the past, and now everything is done by some guy called ‘A. Chip’.

But think on this.
What happens should everything go
bangThe inconvenience of not being able to leave your washing to do itself whilst you do something else, or the appliance doesn’t perform as well as it should (ie spin cycle does not work and everything is still dripping wet).
Or you switch on your PC and there’s no internet access (happens a lot here, grrrrrrr!).
Or you get in the car, turn the key and nothing happens.

And what about if electricity fails for days?
Apart from the obvious deterioration of frozen goods, think about access to money.
ATMs won’t work and shops won’t be able to deal with your card payments. Perhaps  they won’t be able to trade at all because even if you use cash, most cashier staff can’t add up, and worse, everything is bar coded for stock taking, and that won’t work either.

I suppose in a way technology has helped us achieve more out of our social life, but don’t you think the negative side could be that we take so much for granted now and have got lazy?

There’s a lot to be said for the old fashioned ways and a bit of elbow grease.
Old habits should not be allowed to die, hard or otherwise, and perhaps once in a while it would do us all good to ‘do without’ for a week or so and remind ourselves that there are other ways to live than being ‘plugged in’ or ‘switched on’.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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