1. A spindle tree with the orange seeds just bursting out of the pink cases cheers me up as I struggle up the hill across the park.
2. "I feel so much better for that," I tell my yoga teacher at the end of the class.
3. By chance I come across an old friend on Radio 4 -- a thriller adapted from Sei Shonagon's The Pillow Book. It is beautifully done in terms of sound effects and voice acting. The Empress, in particular, is astonishing -- refined and restrained and authoritative all at once.