Best start to a weekend so far in this continent - a copy of the Sunday Times and a quiet place to read it on a sunny day. Perhaps blessed even by a ceremony asking good fortune for a newly opened jewellers next door.

A good weekend also for John’s previously table-less house - a dining table and six chairs now fill an otherwise almost empty, cavernous space that is their downstairs area. The table is amazing - a handmade solid polished marble top on a base of fused bamboo. Beautiful save for the vibrant green glaze the craftsman thought looked good on it - ouch.