1. To catch the woods on a sunny day before the leaves are out.
2. Of course we love Alec's company, but it is lovely when he goes down for an afternoon nap and we get our guest to ourselves for a while.
3. One of those crises that keeps escalating. Nick is there to clear up while I calm Alec down.
4. To keep Alec focussed on his supper I tell him that the paper parcels all contain elephant poo. When we open them he exclaims: "Oh my goodness, cake!"