It can be amazing just how much preparation is needed in order to complete what appears to be a simple task. Conservation is always our top priority as house elves, even if that means that the preparation can sometimes take much longer than the task itself! Take last Wednesday. A photograph of the pietra dura table in the Great Hall was being taken from above, a simple task you might think….but here is a step by step guide of what actually happened.
Step 1: Cover the table in order to protect it from falling pieces of scaffolding.
Step 2: Gather together all the pieces of the scaffolding and protect the floor with dust sheets and wooden boards.
Step 3: Build the scaffolding and remove the protective cover from the table. Give the table a good dust ready for its photo shoot.
Step 5: Dismantle the scaffolding.
Step 6: Phew! Time for a tea break.