1. For the first time in a long time, I wake up with my alarm feeling alert and light.

2. Watching, from the kitchen window, various cats playing in the sun. The overgrown slope between the road and the woodland seems to be a popular spot at the moment. Our cats are regularly joined by others from the neighbourhood.

2b. From the sunny balcony, I watch Lily, Strange and Tilda pad around the garden together. They’re so sweet that I don’t even mind the big dog paws squishing my strawberry plants.

3. “She’s got some wear and tear but for a springer her age, she’s in good shape.”