One thing that I adore being is old-fashioned!
I was born to older parents (I'm the 9th baby), and my hubby Man Wonderful is 22years older than I am.
Because of these influences I know that I am older than my years - and I love being different in this digital day and age.
I sew, knit, crochet, alter clothes, read rather than watch tv and play the piano every day. I like to go to bed when the sun goes down and get up soon after dawn.
Tea leaves rather than bags, growing as much veg as I can (not this year, sadly), and helping other people.
Today I am talking about a real part of our lives- how we barter.
What I mean by bartering is swapping things rather than paying for them.
I get free hairdressing in return for teaching the hairdressers' daughter to play piano.
We also get fish fresh from the fisherman's boat - pollock, sea bass, sole - as I teach their daughter to play music too!
I am getting beauty treatments, nails, massage, etc., in return for hand crocheted baby clothing, and home repairs/alterations in return for more tuition.
I am known locally as someone who alters clothing, and when I have a commission I prefer being 'paid' in this way, rather than money.
One lady who I am altering clothing for is paying us with plants for the garden, and another is paying with some food store shopping.
I think the pandemic has affected people by making them more aware of living life.
Bartering is an ancient system of exchanging what you have for something I have - or services (steady!) we can offer each other. It pre-dates tangible currency.
Do you barter? What do you think of it as a system?