1. I’ve been “George’s Marvellous Medicine”ing a mackerel and pepper pasta dish – each “did I add this much or that little?” bodge taking it slightly further away from the desirable dish and being a bit less satisfactory. The one I whip up at lunchtime though is back on track again.

2. “I thought you wouldn’t forgive me if I didn’t bring her in,” he says with a laugh. I’m already on the floor getting spaniel love. Her ears are slightly woolly like a Welsh Springer and her face so delicate compared to our big beast.

3. Stripes on my top, swirls on my scarf and fuzzy checks on my wool bag: a pleasing pattern combination.