Jiajiaa's been moaning about the state of our sofa suite for a year or two now and recently found a possible solution online with a company who can provide dyes which can be painted onto leather. So we've spent the last two days cleaning the seat, two-seater and sofa, applying 3 layers of dye and finally a layer of varnish. They have now been transformed from dirty white to light grey (ie I can't tell the difference), but the wife is happy and that's the main thing. I'm a little worried that over time, increasingly large specks of white from underneath will reappear and we'll end up having to buy a new suite (it is a decade old). Maybe that was Ava's plan all along?
Today was a holiday (Chinese National Day) and so Ava and I found time, at last, to do some painting. It’s something we have planned for some time – even buying the brushes and paints six months ago! Ava has a Masters degree in Art while I attended some watercolour painting evening classes a decade ago! We decided to paint the same thing – a lakeside photo that Ava had snapped some years ago. Inevitably, a frisson of competition ensued! The two resulting paintings are shown below and YOU can help choose the best, by voting for your favourite. The results will be announced later this month (assuming I win!)
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