Azalias are out and so are the tulips. Blue periwinkle flowers are creeping over the flower beds and buttercups on the compost heap. Spring is really here.
I spent the afternoon repairing window frames. Nasty blisters had begun appearing in the paintwork. Sanding down the paint I found that those expensive decorators who did the job last time had not prepared the wood properly. It needed paring down to bare wood, cutting out areas of wet rot, treating with hardener, filling with a special filler and sanding down. I did about half the job in 6 hours. Interruptions came in the form of a dish cloth jamming the waste disposal unit and the boiler blowing out. Such are the joys of being a house owner.
But I had a reply from Ben Witherington on forgiveness. Readers interested in religion might try his site at http://benwitherington.blogspot.com/ . He says that we are commanded to forgive in the Lord's Prayer - forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Although forgiveness has to be accepted for the deal to be done, that is beside the point. It is our job to offer it. I think he is right.
So, decorators everywhere: I forgive you.