This week, we made ice in plastic bowls with a coiled, knotted string inside for hanging, with clementine peel, shells and paper starfish. After a spell in the freezer, pop them out and voila; very pretty and quick to make with the little people, a good impulse project. Next weekend, it is the RSPB bird count, and apparently beach boy Louis does not recognise a sea gull. There is work to do.