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  • On saturday mornings after dropping my wife at work, I often call in to see my brother and his family. I drive past their house on the way home and just can't resist dropping in.

    My nephew and niece, twins Hannah and Thomas are just the cutest kids. Only 2 and a half when this photo was taken, they are just turned four now and will be starting school at the end of the summer. [Lucinda and I don't have children, so we're incredibly privileged that Christopher and Katharine include us in soo much of Hannah and Thomas's lives].

    Sometimes we go out for breakfast to Wheelbirks a local farm with a herd of Jersey Cows and an ice-cream parlour. There's an indoor play area for the smaller kids and a large garden at the back complete with an orchard, hens, a horse or two and a tractor.

    It's an old beaten up sort of a tractor that must have been red at one time, but now has more rust than paint. The electrics have all been stripped out as have most of the cables, but its still got a big black steering wheel a huge bucket and shinny little pedals.

    Thomas loves that tractor, and i'm sure he thinks its there just for him. He'd almost certainly sit on it all day if we let him. It doesn't seem to matter that his legs are too short to reach the pedals or that the tires have been flat for as long as i can remember. It doesn't even matter how much fun Hannah is having on the slide or the swing, Thomas would rather just sit on his little red tractor.

    This is what saturday mornings are all about, spending time with the family and watching the children growing up. Thomas playing on his tractor and Hannah playing with bunny or practicing her ballet. I don't know if Chris and Katharine know it but being included in these simple parts of their routine is the greatest gift.
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