I'm posting a quick update while Alice has her afternoon nap - I can see this is something I'll have to get used to doing because by evening I'm ready to collapse and relax ;-).
After the lavender fields, seeing as we were already virtually there, we had a quick trip to Ikea. I've never managed to get round Ikea in less than a few hours but my friend said it'd only take about an hour and, with her way of going round - it did! I think Emily and I will have to go back again to have a more leisurely look around :-)
This also means that our house is feeling fairly quiet these days. Most evenings it will be just Emily and me for dinner and, at the moment, the TV tends to be off and we read or I work on my log cabin quilt. It's taking a little bit of getting used to but it's all good!