If you're worried about Alan ruining the priceless carpets at Hardwick Hall, he was learning how a sprinkling of water over antique rush matting
keeps the flooring looking lush.
A Rush matting
B Thatching C Making brooms D Paper pulp QUESTION 6 - for 6 points: Jon Snow is a long-serving news presenter on which TV channel?
A new, limited-edition chair by Christopher Jenner celebrates the ancient and assiduous craft of Rush matting
through a year-long collaboration with Felicity Irons, the last remaining European Rush weaver.
Artificial grass, rush matting
and wooden decking tiles all look good.
Picture the scene: the hacks are ushered in to be met by the dug-out philosopher sat cross legged on rush matting
, possibly with a bamboo flute close to hand, and maybe a subtle picture of David Carridine as 70s Shaolin monk and crusader for justice, Kwai Chang Caine, on a humble desk along with a well thumbed copy of The Analects of Confucius.
The 1,400-yard long rock-fill embankment - 90ft wide at its base, 18ft wide at the top and 21ft high - was built on rush matting
between a hilly peninsula called Penrhyn-isaf at the eastern end and the island of Ynys Towyn at its western end where the harbour now is.
Floors are covered with rush matting
, apart from a central section of bush-hammered concrete, and the altar is a crisply hewn block of granite.
The external walls of the avian apartments are covered with decorative rush matting
One of the bedrooms has been turned into a beach scene with a Caribbean mural on the wall and bunk beds hung with rush matting
For centuries, rush matting
was commonplace in country houses all around the British Isles.
Floors: Coir, jute, rush matting
, runners, terracotta tiles, unpolished wood in mid-tones, or try wool carpet with hints of colour.
There are various tea rooms and halls laid out in the traditional style with tatami rush matting
, wall hangings, and flowers to recreate the setting for the Japanese tea ceremony.