It’s funny how life can happen quite unexpectedly at times. I have last week to thank for the fact I am now working from home three days a week, and now we are sans-nanny, looking after Astrid the other two.

The last time it was like this was back in April or May I think – before Astrid could walk. It’s raining like mad and we’re both a bit ill. I’ve actually properly lost my voice. So going out on the Heath was out of the question. I did consider Cloth House for buttons and John Lewis for some pure wool aran – but no, in true family tradition we made blackberry porridge with yoghurt and maple syrup, and then we baked scones.

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Astrid’s got the magic touch – these are the best scones to come out of our kitchen in years. We used white spelt, almond meal and because we didn’t have enough, a cup of white bread flour too. Since then she’s ransacked the house and is now in bed sleeping it off.

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It’s so nice to be at home together again. As so many of you have said, it’s precious time together before little chops ii arrives in January.