People over here keep asking me whether I like it in this town, and the answer is "yes". But they never ask me whether I mind not being in London - indeed, most people's only comment about London comes when the weather is bad, when they invariably remark: "This must be like home, right?"
So I was pleased (and flattered) to be asked to be guest blogger of the day for Angels and Urchins magazine back home in London and to write about things I miss about London, as well as all the things I love about my new abode.
Because, wherever you are, the grass is always greener somewhere else, and there are definitely things that are better back home. Anyway, you can read my latest take on it here.
In the meantime I will leave you with a remark of my own little urchin Littleboy 2's today that left me bemused. In a half-hearted attempt at potty training, I asked him this morning whether he would like to do his wees on the toilet today. His reply: "No, Mummy, I want to be a baby jaguar."
Riiiight. Knowing Littleboy 2's predilection for wildlife (he has a habit of picking up ants and beetles and examining them closely) I let it lie, muttering, "That's nice, darling."
It was only later that I realised that the nappy pants he is wearing featured their new favourite cartoon character: Diego, animal rescuer. Every episode Diego rescues an 'animal in trouble', and he is apparently so exciting that he must be watched religiously every night.
Anyway, Diego is pictured on said nappy pants holding guess what? A baby jaguar. Fair enough.