Eric – son of Deckman - is beavering away on the back deck. He is a very careful and skilled carpenter and I like watching him work. He is the type of workman I always wanted to be but instead I have gone through my entire life without being able saw a piece of wood in a straight line or drive a nail in properly.
This has often been as source of concern to me – in days gone by – when I used to build things like bookcases and rabbit hutches. None of the things I built would have found a home in a furniture store – but perhaps could have been installations in the naïf section of the Tate Modern.
I really like like cedar and when Eric has gone home for the day I go out and sniff it for a while.
I am still researching wood stain and have cast my net far and wide. Deckman was right about painting it almost immediately – because it is cedar. If it was not cedar we would need to leave it to weather for some months.
John and Antonio are here today installing a TV in the bedroom.
As with most other things – this has become a complicated exercise and John has to build a special frame to fit inside the hole which was made for the TV – but which in fact is much to small – given that our bedroom is about 15 meters long. With a TV of the size the hole was made for we would need binoculars.
Tonite I am making a cauliflower and chickpea curry. I have done this once before and it was about 7/10. I have thought of some improvements to bring it up to a more acceptable 9/10.