1. To pull out a few fragrant weeds while pottering round the garden on a hot day.
2. The May sun shining through leaves that are so new they are still coloured soft yellow-green.
3. It takes a lot of patience to let a toddler 'help' with the chores. You end up with a trail of wet washing across the garden, potatoes all over the floor while changing a bed becomes a two-parent task (one to actually do the changing, the other to hunt down bedlumps). Nick is brilliant at this sort of thing, though, and with him around it's easy to slow down and enjoy the fun.