I face a funny quandary on my days off. Do I do housework? Do I couch surf with a good book? Do I garden? Days off, to me are for relaxing from the grind of going to your paid work. Revitalising your soul. Eating good food. Basically doing nothing constructive. However, I’m becoming increasingly ill at ease with myself while I do this “nothing”. My partner and I have decreed that we are going to attempt some deck building off the kitchen area of the house we live in. Neither of us are woodworking types even though I did three years of woodwork at school. I work in a laboratory, he works as a science teacher. I mean, how hard can it be? First I’d best head to the local council and ask if there are any legalities involved in what we want to do. Next………ah…hmmm…. pull down pergola thingy attached to house by rusty bolts and not attached anywhere else by previous owner! What wood is best for decking? A hard wood I’m sure that wont rot in a hurry and is termite proof. Screws or nails? Which is best for applying said decking? Whatever we choose to do. I’ll be taking photos. Any advice gratefully accepted.