1. On a day when Nick has promised to spirit the children away for some hours, to go out quite soon after breakfast and do a quick supermarket shop with Alec trotting at my side.
2. "Soon my legs will be too big for this trolley," says Alec as we try to arrange him in the child seat.
3. Yesterday I asked Nick for the help I need to finish my copy-editing course. Today he has helped me find part of the time required.