There would have been more - and better - blogging in these parts recently if I hadn't been helping to look after my niece, Florence, lately. She was, alas, suffering from abandonment issues as her mother was in London. Even the pastoral delights of the Borderland offered but a temporary reprieve. Still, here she is on her way to feed the two Jacob sheep (Rachel and Leah, obviously) yesterday:
PS: Child-caring tip for similarly hapless fellows: The Wizard of Oz transforms cranky tots into goggle-eyed paragons of quiet behaviour. I plan to start Firenze Florence on a diet of Blandings Castle soon, however. She will love the Empress of Blandings.