Everybody suffers from the ‘I can’t bear to throw it away syndrome’, not a medically known condition but everyone knows about it and suffers from it. Farmers are the worst offenders I know of, according to them something obsolete and broken will always ‘come in’ at some point in the dim and distant future and maybe not even in their lifetime and so ‘stuff’ piles up around them. I can’t bear to throw old Lino blocks away, they’re all cunningly filed under the plans chest and in old shoeboxes, an archive of cuts if you like, but now the question is what to do with old woodblocks. The woodblocks are bulkier and take up a lot more space so do I throw them, give them to the grandchildren or burn them in the woodburner? I intend to produce a book on fish illustrated with woodcuts so that will mean at least twenty more blocks like the one above, there is no doubt that this is the question of the decade so maybe I should go and sit under an apple tree in the orchard and think about it. The first thought is that split and used as kindling they’d make great fire lighters but I’m going to muse and deliberate on the subject then there’s no chance of me rushing to a conclusion. After all if you do anything in haste you can regret the action at your leisure. Mind you, space in my little print room is at a premium and there probably isn’t even room for a decision.