Several good things conspired to make today a relatively good one. Firstly I arrived at my pre-Joel weight, (not pre-Benjie yet though!), secondly the cleaners came and we were tidied up in advance, and thirdly Isaac had slept through until a quarter to seven.

We went to library story time in the morning and then out to Longueville wood this afternoon.Noted squirrels and mushrooms and brought home oak leaves and acorns to identify. English oak, we discovered. Benjamin was very interested in the acorns as he now understands what the “haycorns” are that Tigger doesn’t like eating in Winnie the Pooh.

Then they played in the garden a while, and then Benjamin listened over and over to Jemima Puddle Duck and Tom Kitten on story tape. We also played letter lotto, but no french as we had taken the book we were using back to the library this morning. Must get some Beatrix Potter in french – I know I’ve seen them around.

Joel is starting to be mobile. He tucks his legs under his body and pushes out again, and combined with rolling he manages to manoeuvre around a bit. He still has a black eye and is still very content and easy going. He is 6 months tomorrow. Time to start thinking about some solid food.

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