The air chilly through your shirt for the ten-minute ride through parkland to the fortress. Locked the bike, swiped your way into the building, slung the electronic pass around your neck.
Emerged nine and a half hours later. Pleased and vaguely surprised to see daylight again. Whatever it was last week that made you dread getting back to work has melted away.
The children happily tired after a morning at gymnastics play. Didi struggling to stay awake through dinner. Finally zonked out in his mummy’s arms. Jiejie quietly narrating her Dora the Explorer book, while cosied up beside you on the narrow divan. Finally closed the book and curled up for sleep.
By the trail
blackberries fatten as