My alarm went off at 5:45am as usual. The window was open, seagulls were squawking and rigging was tinkle-tankling. I looked out of the window, it was a beautiful Spring morning. Crisp air, clear blue sky, a slight breeze. Sunlight dazzled on the water, combining wonderfully with the boats' reflections. A family of swans swam gracefully about the quay. Time for my coffee, should I go for Australia Skyberry or Sumatra Lingtong? Cafetiere or stovepot? Small things like these are the secret to a happy and successful life.
My wife stirred. "If that alarm clock goes off again I will kill you," she said.