It’s really quite unfortunate that I can’t buy unpainted matryoshka dolls off a shop like Spotlight or Bunnings. Instead, I have to scour the internet for suitable vendors who are willing to ship them to Oz for a reasonable price. The problem with sending timber to Oz is that sometimes it’s subjected to almost an obsessive screening process in quarantine and thus delay the shipping process. I always say, it only takes one idiot to ruin things for everyone (I’m talking about you, Thomas Austin, you and your Acclimatisation Society and subsequent rabbit infestation).

But these giant sets of fives came just in time for me to create Marie Antoinette and her ladies and utter those famous words:


“Let them eat cake!”