2. Alec hasn't been wearing the plimsols we bought him for indoor shoes. But the black canvas expanse has been calling to me for some days. While he is upstairs doing quiet time after lunch I stitch gold stars across the toes. Bettany says I'll be in trouble, but he seems to quite like them, and asks if I'll do more smaller stars around the sides.
3. Digging through the soil of a broken pot I find handfuls of grape hyacinth bulbs waiting for their time.