1. I say it completely deadpan and it takes her a moment to realise what I’ve said and that I’m joking. Then she laughs.

1b. To pull something back from the brink with newspaper and time.

1c. I put it together quickly but the bowl already has a lovely shape. People comment on it as they pass.

2. The last one he made was a bit too clove-y but this one is perfect.

3. I doodle, properly doodle. A curve becomes some sort of brass instrument; a line, a flower. Just as I’m about to put away my drawing pad, I spy the coloured pens. I doodle with them too – abstract patterns, biomorphic blobs and lastly, some painted ladies in as many colours as I can muster.