Posted: 17/04/2014 at 14:06
Fidgitbones, once told engineers are quarried not born, they come with an inherent need to know how things work. Dad bought me the first Mechano at a very early age, Mother went ballistic, all those small screws and things will be lost in a week, a couple of days later a working windmill proved her wrong and every year that well loved Mechano was added to.
Dad a self taught mechanic would bring the truck in Saturday lunch time and it had to have a full maintenance ready for work Monday, over the years it was me doing the truck him in his beloved garden, we both loved what we did.
At 18 I was an Infantryman, loving it and already being promoted when MOD decided REME needed me more, they got a sour faced not wanting to be there in what I thought an inferior Corps, A sergeant fed up with my antics told me to pull out a box of bits, it was a Crossley Bus Engine notorious for being difficult things to work on as they had no timing marks. A couple of days later he came running as I fired it up and gave it revs forgetting to put the silencer on. All change and I got to be a WO1.
Gardening is much like engineering, build nurture repair where needed but best of all if it does not need fixing leave it.