Turns out I had nothing to worry about.
He'd bought me this amazing picture of Strumble Head Lighthouse!!!!
It came however with a condition, that it be hung over the stairs, opposite the computer table! The particularity of this area is that ten years after moving in it still hadn't been plastered.
|I'm planning on painting the wood wall slate grey (one-day...)|
|Hi (high) up there!|
The uprights are made from trees that Richards father planted for the birth of his oldest son almost fifty years ago, that they cut down in 2002 (our kitchen celling is made from these also), the shelving is left over wood that Richards parents recieved from his grandmother as a wedding gift more than fifty years ago!
Years ago on the eve of my best friend's wedding we took a walk out to Strumble Head Light House with her, the future groom, her parents and my dad, all very pleasant indeed until Richard spotted a seal, then another swimming just of the coast. Wanting to share his discovery with us he shouted "phoque! phoque!" - which means seal in french but is unfortunately pronounced like a very naughty English swear word!!! Given as I'm a french speaker I didn't bat an eye lid but the others, wondering why Richard had taken it upon himself to stand swearing like a trooper at the water, all stood glancing at each other, in much puzzlement!!! How we did laugh afterwards, and the incident even made it into the groom's speech the next day.
On giving me the picture my father also reminded me that when he dies he wants to be cremated and his ashes thrown from the lighthouse!!