1. The dining table is often used as a dumping ground for misc – especially during the recent house renovations – so it’s a pleasure to have it clear to use for actually dining.

2. I didn’t have a lot of faith in the gammon joint but it turns out well: it’s not too salty (like some gammon) and the decorative cloves add a surprisingly lovely flavour.

3. The dog leans heavily against my legs; the cat lies heavily along my side. The heaviness is heavenly.