1. A quick buzz over with the angle grinder and a wipe around with a cloth, and already the wheel looks so much better. I suspect, once it’s had its fresh coat of Hammerite, it’ll look very fancy indeed.

2. The weird cat sits on the flat stone next to the front gate, curls up and falls asleep. A few minutes later, a beagle woofs at him.

3. We meander through the streets rather than the woods, so I can check on the allotment on the way. It is the wrong time of day – and our bellies are at the wrong stage of fullness – for a walk that passes two curry restaurants, a Chinese takeaway, a fish’n’chip shop and lots of houses filled with good cooks. Every road has its own gorgeous smell and we’re drooling by the time we get home.