Today Graham is not happy with me.
The reason is that he has decided he wants to buy a pair of bellows to encourage the fire to burn more quickly.
And the reason he is not happy with me is because I have vetoed the idea.
My argument is that we have been lighting the fire for well over thirty years without the aid of bellows, so why do we need them now?
And I suspect Graham's argument is: 'But I want to play with some bellows!'
I know that if we buy some bellows, they will be used once then stashed by the fireplace and never used again. But is this a good enough argument to say 'No.'? Would I be better off allowing the bellows to be bought? Graham would be happy, I wouldn't have to endure the hurt silences and it wouldn't actually be that expensive a purchase.
He might be right - it might be a good idea - not having any experience of bellows, I could be wrong. It is certainly a less scary prospect than some of his methods of 'encouraging' the fire to burn - parafin, barbeque lighting fluid. It would be worth it to avoid those.
Graham has taken the dog out for a walk.
By the time he gets back I will have talked myself round to the idea that having a pair of bellows is a Good Idea - or at least an 'OK' one.
So, looks like we shall be buying bellows after all.
p.s. Graham is now happily choosing bellows
and a metronome.....