Unfortunately we shall not have the pleasure of welcoming our two London-based grandsons this Summer (Ollie, above).
My son Kimbo (their father) has decided to take a villa on Italy's fabulous Amalfi Coast instead.
I suppose chez nous cannot really compare to the beautiful hidden coves, the multi-coloured hill-perched villages, or even the surly Italian waiters. So, no contest.
Still, we'll have Bunny to play with, and we still have plenty of work to do, but it would have been nice for the new cousins to have met and spent a couple of weeks together. Cousins meeting each other for the first time is always special.
So, HMS Dangerous Fun will remain un-swashbuckled, the new Ping-Pong table will not Ping, and Bok will probably survive Summer without having his tail and ears pulled. How very dull.
I have now heard that they may manage a quick visit in early Autumn. I do hope so!