1. Our clear, tinkling little beck is roaring: a 10ft wide stretch of murky water gushes by the bottom of the garden. It’s so fast and out of place, it scares me on some very base level yet still I watch.
1b. I return to the house with eggs and a strawberry almost as big as an apple.
2. The ball bounces off the wall and the dog follows it across the bed.
3. We’re all waiting and have chosen to wait together. “It’s like New Year’s Eve,” someone says, and it really is, including people doing countdowns and conga lines. Everyone is good natured and making bad jokes, then when the moment we’ve been waiting for happens six minutes early, I have to laugh when we all rush as one.
3b. The good nature travels with us as we all uncover the brand new for the first time.