It’s my mum and dad’s 40th wedding anniversary today.

1. I fling open the curtains and marvel at what a lovely day it is – and notice our neighbours out on their terrace doing the same.

2. After a busy (for me) week, I have nothing to do today bar walk the dog – then when an old work friend of John’s suggests they walk together, I have nothing pressing to do at all. In between a few chores, I sew, do a little pottery and enjoy the warm spring air.

2b. I stand in the garden and plot. This growing season could easily be the most exciting yet.

2c. The sweet, cheerful crocus in the oversized pot. I vow to get more spring bulbs for next year.

3. The dog’s fur is newly soft after a clipping.