I am a great fan of Escape to the Chateau and love watching the creative and eccentric antics of Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel at their chateau in France. It seems that Dick can’t resist his winsome wife and Angel just has to smile and giggle and he will do the impossible for her. It probably helps that he is a skilled engineer.
I am very fortunate that I have my own Dick in the form of my husband. Paul doesn’t have any engineering credentials but he will have a go at most things. He doesn’t always agree with my design ideas and my smiles and giggles have no effect but he eventually he gives in.
I’ve just had new curtains made for the large bay window in my bedroom and I wanted a matching upholstered pelmet to give it a sort of boutique hotel look.
“It has to go right to the ceiling.”
“Don’t be ridiculous, that’s far too big.”
“No, that is part of the design.”
“It will be too heavy, I won’t be able to fix it.”
“You can do anything,” (flattery works well)
“It’s too big.”
Paul spent a few hours in his garage and built me a pelmet. It was very big, over three metres long. With the help of a staple gun we covered it with wadding and fabric. I am delighted with the result. Who needs a Dick when you can have a Paul!