Denise: Just back from painting the north gable at 8 Askernish. J opened a 10litre tub of Sandtex masonry paint to find a a puddle of thin white liquid over a solid cylinder of hardened paint! We’ve had a number of unopened tubs in stock for some years now – mostly from when we first renovated Askernish in 2006, but possibly some dating back to 2004 when we did some painting on our own house. But this is the first tub which – though unopened – had anything wrong with it. So it’s been more of a surprise that despite deep frosts penetrating our store in both recent winters, we haven’t lost more! Definitely a surprise: when we opened up another ‘new’ tub to find that instead of it being brilliant white, as marked on the outside, it was a creamy white! But at around £25 a 10litre tub (and that was 2006!), we can’t afford to waste it: we shall blend it with the others and use it on the south gable only: hopefully no-one will notice the difference!