It must have been 35 years ago that I was given instructions to 'paint the walls', whilst Lady Magnon was away gallivanting in Blighty (if that ain't asking for trouble, I dunno what is!).
I had seen a photo in a 'homes' magazine of a nearby 16th C chateau that had similar roughly painted walls, and the idea really appealed to me. I thought it would be a pleasant surprise for Lady M (ahem).
At the same time, I also added a few other bits and pieces; some of which have since been removed, probably whilst I was out dog walking.
When she fallaciously accuses me of being in one of my 'Evelyn Waugh moods', invariably another section disappears.
It won't be long before my entire oeuvre is wiped clean, and she will once again be able to invite guests without the shame and embarrassment of 'Cro's walls'.