1. From his vantage point in the sling on my chest Alec crows out a loud and clear commentary about parked cars, horse chestnut trees in flower and gas men popping in and out of holes in the road.
2. We miss the train by four minutes. I'm sort of thinking it might be because the lady at the bakery and the lady at the check-out wanted to chat to Alec, and I feel a bit resentful. Then we run into Becky -- what are the chances of that, so far from home -- and I'm very glad we were held up.
3. A rubbery squeak from downstairs suggests that Nick has just sat on Sophie the Giraffe.