After all that damp weather over the winter, it is the time of year again to inspect what needs doing.
So I scraped off the loose paint, giving the timber a chance to breathe and dry out.
I seem to remember doing this all before - but this time I have a cunning plan up my nautical sleeve.
Shiver me timbers - why didn't I think of it before? Instead of painting with paint, this year I'll use woodstain and varnish.
It may not appear as a Eureka moment for you, dear blog-readers, by for me it is mind-liberating sensationalism.
Oh, and by the way, my suspicions were correct - it was indeed none other than Quay Character Andy Stollery who 'planted' the garden gnome on the deck. I found his business card under the gnome's bottom.