at the workshop
Popa’s workshop is much like his potting shed; overflowing with collected bits and bobs. The industrial theme is a little more prevalent though – spanners instead of shovels, oil instead of dirt. But just like Popa grows things in his garden, he gives new life to things at work. He restores old cars; beautiful vintage rides. He can take the shell of a Jaguar and turn it into a prize-wining piece of art. He sources the oddest of engine parts from all over the world and if he can’t find what he’s looking for he just makes it himself.
My dad doesn’t buy a lot of new. Instead, he scours and collects and often, he makes-do. It was a lesson instilled in him during childhood – the second-youngest of five in an English working-class family.
I love that he’s encouraging my children to think the same way.