Now that I am beginning to return to normal, although still not fully mobile, I am seriously beginning weeding. Not the garden I hasten to add.
There is nothing like having a Professional decorator in to completely re-decorate a room to make one conscious that there are a lot of things in said room which really do not need to be there - and are not going back (this may need some serious negotiation with the farmer)
On the wall, alongside a large picture, which I love, are two hats - one is the farmer's panama trilby which he used to wear when the weather was hot. As he has not worn it during the twenty three years we have been married, I think we can now consider it superfluous. The other is a sombrero he bought (and wore) during a trip many years ago to Texas, when the weather was extremely hot. He has not worn it since our return and it immediately joined the panama trilby on the wall. So does it really need to be kept?
On the other side of the picture there is a mask I made to go to a masked party about fifteen years ago. It is pretty but when I took it down I realised it was dusty and was now rather tatty.
The walls, already coated with two coats of emulsion paint look far too pristine to have anything put on them other than the five pictures and the beach huts wall hanging I made. So the weeding has begun and will also take in what is actually standing on top of the furniture.
And why stop there? I have a pile of old picture frames which are well past their sell-by date - they can go too. I am seriously considering then weeding my bookcases. Three of them, crammed to bursting point and many of the books old, unread for many years and really no longer useful.
And so it has begun - in my mind at any rate. This hoarding must stop - the weeding must begin. Watch this space.