dull but apparently mandatory
Whilst it might have seemed like I spent most of the day once more attempting to get straightish bits of wood to fit snugly against recently-smoothed but decidedly curved walls it was only really most of the afternoon. After a bit of interacting with the wingpiglet, eating a very small amount of breakfast and fishing out some tools it was almost noon by the time I got to the flat to the extent that I had to bike rather than walk onward to the wood-selling place to avoid being too late, though then had to walk in a funny position back to cope with wood over one shoulder and bike in the other hand seeing as attaching wood to bike resulted in what was effectively an unsteerable wheeled jousting-weapon. Nicky arrived with a sleeping wingpiglet almost as soon as I got back to stick some of the flat's remaining crap in her car and drop off the tools she'd brought before popping back home after which there was a small window to pop out to get some food and sit and eat some of it with a coffee in the nice outside before returning indoors to create sawdust and come to temporarily despise jigsaws, timber merchants and anyone involved in the current situation of skirting-boards being seen as a requirement between walls and floor.
Nicky's dad has been doing his usual thing of recommending MDF skirting applied with No More Nails but without up to half an inch of padding there would be no contact between the middle of two of the lengths of skirting and the wall to which they were to be attached. Ideally, identifying where the worst bends were and breaking the skirting into sections would result in the closest fit but I expect that visible seams midway along the skirting would be unacceptable. Instead, as before, screws have been used which will hopefully hold the skirting tightly and closely enough for the maximal gap requiring gap-filler squirted into it to be a few millimetres. I'd also have liked to have done something to the bit along what turned out to be the straightest wall to guard against the future passage of mice, even if it was only giving them twice the thickness of wood to have to chew through rather than the preferred mouse-hole-blocking technique of stuffing with wire wool, which would have required a bale the size of a domestic refrigerator.