This post is by way of a thank-you to C for a belated Christmas present: this little red leather handbag (or, as my old friend P used to call these, ‘side purse’) is a very fine addition to my now-modest collection (recently thinned-out and refined). It will, on the one-in-one-out principle, also supercede a rather plain and common-or-garden brown natural leather one which I’ve rarely used. And it also satisfies the odd yearning I get for things bright red; I nearly bought a full-sized red satchel this week in a Chiswick charity shop, but baulked at the price and the fact that it had a severe tear down one seam, which makes this more than adequate compensation. Also from C, underneath: two small paving stones surplus to requirements in her garden, just what I need in mine to add to the pathway I’m building through the sea of mud to the Log Cabin. I reckon two more and we’re there, with footsteps on solid stone all the way down.