1. They bring a box that looks as if it might contain cakes (it does, four, with sugar flowers on the top).
2. At going home time Alec and Maggie exchange several rounds of hugs and kisses.
3. While I am giving Bettany her late night bub on the sofa Alec comes to the top of the stairs and tells me very mournfully that he is lonely because no-one is looking after him. Normally we are strict as strict about him staying in bed after lights out; but he has a cold and is very sad and sorry for himself. I encourage him to come down and we cuddle up until Bettany falls asleep.