Back in the garden a tree stump slowly evolves into a jigsaw puzzle and I can see the damage done by some of the ferocious gales we had in December. It must have been an incredibly forceful gust of wind to split the tree trunk. Back to the house. We have finally, after three years of contemplation and procrastination, decided to put white wood Venetian blinds up at the windows. We've cut them to size ourselves. It's time consuming but cheaper than getting them made to measure. One down nine to go!