1. Four orange feathered faces watch me as I open the gate, then all pile inside. Usually they’re keen to get out of the run (into the terribly exciting garden) but today they want to go back in – to escape the rain and because they’ve heard a rumour that I have seed in there. They bustle in and clucked around my feet.

2. One of the best things about bean salad is that it’s hard to make a small batch of it. The pan – full of fibre, vitamins and tangs of vinegar & chilli – will bulk out our lunches this week in a rather delicious way.

3. To have nothing to do but read in my favourite chair as day transforms into night.