Last night an hour or two spent clearing enough space in the front room for the ladder to be installed, today I’d arranged to work from home for a few hours, from 9 o’clock until whenever the installation was completed.

Good news or bad news? Good news is that the front room is now as clean as it was last night when we finished tidying up. Second bit of good news is that I got in to work well before lunchtime…. The bad news, of course, is that the tradesman didn’t actually turn up — a phone call ten minutes before he was due to arrive explaining that he had destroyed a wheel-bearing in his car and was being towed to the garage, he might make it in the afternoon, it might be …. Nothing is ever easy.