1. There is just enough milk for me to have cereal for breakfast as well as our cups of tea.

2. Having just woken up from a nap, little J looks grumpy and bored, liable to start crying at any moment – then she sees Lily. Her eyes widen and her mouth opens into a gasp.

3. The film we pick is awful, not even fun awful really, but the rest of the evening is pleasant: highly anticipated pizzas, hedgehog cake, and chit chat about the military tattoo, home renovations and later, holidays and pottery.

3b. When we return, Lily is lying flat on the sofa – on the furry cow print throw, trying to blend in.