I was staying at a chum’s house a few weeks ago – helping them out of a scrape with doggy care. I don’t stay there often as they’re a busy household with several children and very busy mum. This last point came home to me during that stay. I went to use the oven and the nightmare of a grubby kitchen came home well and truly. I’m certain there was movement around the edge – pesky kind of movement – the collection of food particles and muck was truly awesome and I decided not to bake anything after all. It’s hard to appreciate how exhausting it is to run a house and and work full time. Knowing how to diplomatically suggest a professional clean up is going to be a problem but it needs to be done. For a forthcoming big birthday, a weekend away for the mum with a professional oven and kitchen cleaning company engaged to strip out the place and it be a wonderful surprise for her on return. Hmmm… how to do this without hurting her feelings is something still in planning . . . . .