Claire is on holiday, and this is my excuse for drinking a whole bottle on a Wednesday. Also, she deserves a reward - to the extent that I gave her an entirely free choice of wine flavour. This week Claire has been organising things round the house in preparation for it going on the market. Floors have been fixed, cracks filled in, painting done, plasterers and electricians put on high alert. Stuff that we should have done years ago so that we could benefit. A bottle of (delicious) blackberry wine is scant payment.