Update 17/08/2021

I recovered from the dreaded covid I caught at the end of last year after about 8 weeks so many thanks to all who passed on their well wishes. It took a further 8 weeks for my taste and smell to get back to what it was but it’s all good now!

Those who have a watch with me will know I’m currently in the process of moving house, I moved out of my old place on June 23rd and have temporarily moved in to my parents home whilst my new build house is completed. The workshop is also temporarily here but I get the keys to the new place on the 3rd September so I will have to retrieve all my furniture out of storage where it’s been since June then move the workshop for a second time. However before I can do that the new workshop needs specialised flooring laying, cabinets fitting etc. I’ve done my best to plan in any delays due to the upheaval with all the estimates for work I’ve been supplying but I’m afraid that now I may fall further behind.

On the 11th August, quite unexpectedly, my beloved mother was rushed into hospital. I followed the ambulance to the hospital and spent 16 hrs with her in the resuscitation and acute medical units until she passed away at 23:00 that evening. I thank god I’d spent the last 7 weeks in her company, thank god I managed to get her comfortable after the collapse and thank god I managed to contact my sisters who collected my father and brought him in to see her at 16:00 to say goodbye, 30 mins before she drifted out of consciousness. We stayed with her for a further six and a half hours talking to her, holding her hands and telling her we loved her until she finally left us. To say I’m heartbroken is an understatement.

As my sisters live further away it’s down to me to organise seemingly endless arrangements that need to be done after a loved one passes. Obviously this means my time at the bench has been severely curtailed and will be for the next few weeks, we bury mum on the Tuesday August 31st and I get the keys for the new house on Friday September 3rd. I honestly don’t know whether I’m coming or going at the moment but will endeavour to answer all enquiries as soon as I possibly can, however if I’m not as quick as I should be with my replies you now know the reason why.

I can only apologise for any extra delay this will cause my wonderful customers, I hate letting anyone down.


  1. Very sorry to hear of your loss and health issues, I myself am still suffering from the side effects of Covid so I can understand the strain on your everyday life but I can’t imagine the upheaval of all of this happening at the same time. I sincerely hope the best for you and please accept again my condolences.


  2. Sorry to hear about your loss Duncan. Time is the best healer. Hope your move to your new home goes well, a new start! Best l wishes, Eustathios


  3. I am sorry to hear about your loss Duncan. Time is the best healer. Hope you are settling in your new home, a new start! Keep well.


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