Switch on your TV set during the day and the likelihood is you’ll stumble upon a baking or property programme.
Over the years I’ve tried my hand at both, with varying degrees of success.
I’ve long reconciled myself to the fact that I’m more of a cook than a baker – my preference for guessing how much for a particular ingredient is required being much more suitable for a stir fry than it is a sponge cake.
But I’ve always thought of myself as being something of a dab hand at DIY - gas and plumbing excluded – and the idea of doing up properties to sell has held an appeal for many years.
However, after my recent experiences renovating my bathroom I may have to reconsider.
On their own, the various jobs needing done don’t particularly worry me.
But throw them all together and suddenly you’re facing a scheduling nightmare.
I need to lay floor tiles but first I need a radiator moved. I’d prefer to paper the wall behind it first but I’d rather wait until the new skirting board is in place and that would mean laying the floor tiles ...
Multiply these dilemmas by the numner of rooms in a house and suddenly the property market doesn’t seem so appealing!