This picture has been taken and posted largely to remind – and shame – me that I have barely picked up my guitar in months, and months. It is not the Usual Shop story, however: that, in this shot, is the pair of guitar straps (£3, from Brighton Marina car boot sale). Not the world’s finest, but bought as spares, one for donation to a bandmate who occasionally lends me a bass when I have to rush to rehearsal straight from the station. He always brings it minus a strap, which is Not Very Helpful. So problem solved, for £1.50! And other oddments to report in this post: striped rag rug, striped denim apron plus a tweed M&S Per Una skirt (too small) from jumble sale at Balcombe; plus a couple of books.