We said goodbye to Lily today. It was heartbreaking but it was time.

1. We stroke her head. The white stripe was the softest, silkiest thing in the whole world.

(Autocorrect just changed ‘silkiest’ to ‘silliest’ — it was that too.)

2. The clean chunks of Yorkshire stone that we unearth as we dig.

3. We become clingy – and so do the cats. They sit with us, on Lily’s spot, all evening and all join us when we go up to bed.