Thanks to all the readers who commented with helpful advice about open fires after yesterday’s post. I honestly thought everyone would say, yes, great, go for it, but your reports of fire hassle have given me pause. I rented a house with an open fire a few years ago, and I loved it. All the faff of clearing out the old ash and building a fresh fire I really enjoyed, so I’m not worried about that. And what’s a bit more dust? But the amount of work is off-putting, and the idea of having to redecorate the whole room is just too much. This weekend I’m buying a big rug and a thermal vest instead. Real Reveal next week. Thanks everyone!