Found a great way to test texts today, both for spelling mistakes and for hearing the text, feeling if it is right. Let the computer read it for you! If you have a mac, which you should, just mark the text and right click, then press "speech" and "start speaking". I am not sure how it is made on a pc. Very effective and effect full (and addictive). It is also great for us non native english speakers, because sometimes you have spelled a word correctly, it is just the wrong word, spell check does not pick up on that. New feature perhaps, apple?
Oh, and an update on the cleared deck: there were, in the sun, a few square centimetres of dry wood to walk on today.