During this week we have had 18 windows replaced by oak-look plastic double-glazed windows. Graham from Windowclinic (who did Danae and Nathan’s sash windows) assures me that they will last 25 years which doesn’t seem as long as the 80 years the present ones have lasted. Still, Graham’s laconic approach won and there will be improvements with better security and heat control. Most of all though I look forward to noise abatement and some amelioration of the rowdy drunken hoon rackets I can hear most nights. Meanwhile, being at home is like being homeless and living from the few things that are still accessible whilst the house is defenestrated and everything is covered in plastic tarpaulins.