We just had a friend over with her two little boys aged 3 and 1. It was so nice to have the laughter of children resound through Toad Hall and the beach and garden. This place has been child free since Nate and Ria were small in the 70s. I wonder what the ole' gal thinks of it. Monty was not happy but oddly Sophie followed us to the beach and stood by their side whilst we caught crabs and tossed pebbles in the sea. It was as if she was keeping her eyes (as blind as she is) on them. Perhaps she misses the days when she was a mother chasing puppies, which she once did here when we used to live in the boat house. Lovely day for it anyway.