Do You like decorating? George and I do, possibly because it`s extremely rare for us.
One such attempt followed the recent departure of beloved SpartaCat - we commemorated this agonising event by chucking out the settees he`d ravaged for years, buying ones with all their own filling, and starting to paint the whole neglected house.
So far we`ve done the living room walls and half a bookcase - the undercoat half.
It turned out to be ridiculously fiddly:
the SuperFab roller we`d bought for drip-free painting didn`t fit between the shelves, and our Bumper Pack of Budget Brushes!! needed constantly extracting from glutinous paint, bristle by bristle.
The original colour of bookcase - determinedly Brown - required multi-coating, much of which then had to be sanded off to force the shelves back in.
When we reached the never-used cupboard, its contents burst forth in a cloud of potent mildew: CD`s, box sets, several years` Christmas cards, photos, a shoe-stretch spray (that I really could have done with the other day), agents` details of every house we`ve ever viewed and a startled family of hamsters...
We persevered, remembering previous results had sometimes been gratifying. But we`d forgotten all the collateral devastation - the sticky, mangled brushes and paint splattered surfaces and piles of tester pots that we hate now...
And the recriminations - Look – you`ve painted over the handles again and that`s obviously your drip on the carpet - it won`t come out, you know! And Whose idea was
Echo of Tree - it`ll never match walls that have been Deeply Truffled...
Suddenly you`re addicted - no time to stop for lunch, just put a few more sugars in your tea. Of course the house is a Mess - it`s not worth tidying and we certainly can`t invite people over the threshold till we Finish, but this isn`t quite the look we wanted (what was the look...?).
Maybe if we tried that other shade… maybe if we just painted one wall and then we could try-
Oh Sob - it`s Just No Uuuuuuse!!