1. There is a large -- and I mean large -- and sodden box in the sitting room when I come down in the morning. We had a delivery yesterday afternoon and the driver left it under a tree in the front garden. No-one saw it in the dark, so it sat out in the rain all night. Nick must have spotted it as he was leaving for work, and brought it in. The cardboard mushy tears apart easily, and the contents is safe.
2. To catch a man pasting the snowflakes on to Hooper's window.
3. "He really hugs me," says the nursery nurse. I'm glad someone else thinks Alec gives good cuddles.