my dear mum has been here for five days and its been glorious. we've been bracing the very cool change in the weather and wandered to the local markets for flowers and fresh produce. we've admired old books and little clothes and underground orchestras. sipped hot chocolate. cooked warm, comfort food. knitted, arranged drawers and patted a very round belly. talked a lot (as there's a lot to catch up on face to face after 10 months). and in the last two days i've come down with a thoroughly uncomfortable runny nose and sore throat - we've shared lemon and ginger drinks and watched downton abbey. and maybe a bit more patting of a round belly. it is a gift and a blessing and a wonderful feeling to have my mum here. happy new month to you, too.