I have just escaped a very noisy dinner table. Oh my aching ears! Amelia was shouting her latest round of nonsensical jokes, Lily was screeching and Big-P was trying to distract her with a loud-voiced bee hand puppet.

Yesterday morning I found a wonderful way to buy a few moments of silence.

“The first person to speak loses!”

and Amelia is silent… silent… silent… for as long as I can be quiet for myself. If there’s one thing she like more than talking it’s winning.