I often curse the fact that I live a long way from the special people I love and care about, and that is never more true than on days like today. Alice has a birthday and I am thousands of kilometres away in a different land. But I am lucky that I can still mark the occasion here.
I don't have any recent photos of my own but I'm delighted to say that through a wonderful network of friends I have photos of Alice that are far better than anything I could even aspire to. These superb photos of Alice (and her glorious, fantastic mother) were taken by Ksenia McBell and she has given me very kind permission to reproduce them here.
So, Happy Birthday Alice. I hope you have a lovely day, with lots of wonderful surprises. I hope you are surrounded by the people you love. And I hope your Mum bakes a cake! And I think it would be almost impossible for you to get any more beautiful.