Denise: J has gone and put his foot in it again. Or rather through it. The dining room floor. “It’s a bit spongy”, I said. J investigated. With his foot. And his weight. All of it – in one go. Now we can see under the stud partition wall – and under the bath and shower on the other side. There’s not many houses that can boast so useful a feature. So now we can see exactly where and under what circumstances the previous owner’s attempts at DIY renovation expired. And why. Ten years ago. At times like this I do wonder if we did the right thing coming here. Another job on the to do list: gut bathrooom and dining room (and with it part of the hall), rip up floor, new joists (and some insulation too please!), new floor, rewire, replumb, replaster, redecorate … and recuperate. Ah, well – it will just have to wait. Other jobs for J to finish first.