Yesterday we went up to the farm for the afternoon. This morning I had a visit from someone who is looking into home educating, and this afternoon, just as I was wondering if I should take the children sandal shopping, another friend turned up with her children to play. She is one of my favourite friends because she just turns up, instead of booking an “appointment” ,which saves me the stress of feeling I need to tidy up and be ready. We were in a muddle when she arrived – the dishwasher had broken and the boys had spent the morning cutting up paper and scattering it over the kitchen floor – and by the end of the afternoon the sand from the sand pit was evenly distributed from the bathroom, through the kitchen, across the patio ,and into the playhouse. I think a good play was had!