For want of the cutting of the six ton block of Sherborne stone, am I am forced to begin this little job (which is not needed until around Christmas), and it involves turning two of these...
This is how it all begins. You make marks, then you cut the marks away. Then you make more marks again... which you cut away. This is exactly the same process as begun a few thousand years before Ephesus was built, and the tools are pretty much exactly the same as then. That pair of dividers have been in use since about 1750, and are still working very well. Not all antiques that I buy are to be sold on. I have had those dividers for about 30 years.
I feel quite happy leaving these blocks out at night - they weigh more than your average teenage delinquent can pick up on his own, and in any event, they are not known for cooperation in practical matters.
I am off earlier than normal tomorrow, so I will not be indulging myself with a post about Ostia Antica until the evening or next day. All I will say for now is that involves another, dried-up sea.