1. There is nothing quite like Alec eating an apple with his four (nearly five) teeth.
1a. Cat says: "Ellie has started writing books. Luckily, she hasn't finished one yet. It would be awful to be beaten at book writing by your five-year-old daughter." Later I am allowed to see a work in progress. It is like an illuminated manuscript. Every single letter has been outlined and coloured.
2. Ellie is building an undersea castle for her Playmobil mermaids and mermen from a shoe box. I help cut out crenelations for the towers (which are, of course, made of cardboard tubes).
3. At the bus stop, Ellie hands me a rosemary leaf to put in my pocket -- for remembrance, perhaps?