1. Those afternoons when I can see that Alec needs a nap. He insists otherwise, but within ten minutes of us lying down he is snoring gently.
2. The Mother appears unexpectedly and we trick her into looking after the children for an hour. There has been some buzz on the social networks about a new espresso bar on the High Street. Nick and I scamper out like beasts let out of the barn after winter. We feel very liberated, and the coffee's good, too. I'm told by a reliable source that Fine Grind is run by a coffee geek.
3. Dippy soldier eggs for tea.