I am struggling with some very cross-linked coatings on a series objects at the moment. When freshly applied the polymer strands of an oil or wax coating are on a molecular level like spaghetti and can be loosened with solvents so the strands can be removed. Crosslinked polymer coatings are like spaghetti that has been left in the pan and all stuck together. As anyone who has had this sort of culinary experience will know it’s almost impossible to separate spaghetti once it is in this state! It’s the same (in a basic way) with cross-linked coatings. I have thrown everything in my conservation arsenal at this problem but so far no dice, onwards and upwards tomorrow. As a bit of light relief, here is the excitement in my house today! We bought this massive Chinese fish bowl long before we lived in China and it has traveled with us to many different houses. It is always an exciting moment when we get fish for the fishbowl as it means we have really ‘arrived’. After almost two years of building work the house is almost finished and Ying and Yang, our new fish are finally in residence. We consider it very auspicious to have acquired the fish whilst Alice is visiting and that the Chinese word for fish is the same as the one for abundance.