1. Elegantly crafted dialogue.

2. There is something about the position of our house that encourages my favourite light effect: warm, bright sun on the lime green silver birch leaves in front of the darkest moody sky and the solid tree line behind. It looks unreal and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it.

3. Lily wags her tail so furiously sometimes that it pulls her bum around sideways. She wagged it that way when John came home and I felt like doing the same, and not just because he’d brought me half a bag of Percy Pigs.