I am back on-line temporarily with my own computer, it was returned on Thursday having had a new hard drive fitted. Then came the task of re-installing documents and software, it was during the latter procedure that a new fault became apparent in that the 'puter was unable to eject an installation disc ! So next morning saw us back on the phone to mac help, the outcome being that it will have to be returned to their repair people.
During the time that I was without my beloved 'puter neither my brain nor hands were idle, as the pics below show. First was the erecting of a new shelf that was cut from a board which was once part of a friends dining table - imagine if it could talk what stories it might tell and of how many times it was washed with wine.
The second project was to make a set of wooden curtains (shutters) for the window of the third oldest room of this cottage. Previously we had fabric curtains & then a venetian blind, none of these were truly satisfactory. So I had an idea of doing something very different and decorating individual boards using pyrography by putting ourselves & our "companions" into the design.
Whilst the new computer glitch is being attended to I shall be applying a protective coating of linseed oil, which over time will slowly darken the wood and increase the contrast between the illustrations and the bare areas.