1. We leave the library with a stash of books and an exciting thing called a Story Sack -- it's a bag containing a book (ours is about squirrels) and related soft toys, a puppet, a guide to trees and a card game. All free to borrow, too.
2. It's very satisfying to brush dust and fluff down the stairs, and then vacuum it up at the bottom.
3. After Alec has gone to bed, I get up and go to the bottom of the stairs: "I keep thinking I can hear him calling," I tell Nick.
"It's on this bit of film," says Nick, who is playing with our camera.