You have been warned - this is besotted mother stuff.

Yesterday when walking in town we saw the cutest ever dachshund on a leash. It was smooth haired and dappled tan / brown. It was SO pretty. I have never seen one like it before.

Its Parisian owner was walking so briskly that we just couldn't even ask her for a photograph. But both Lili and I just looked at each other and gasped as they passed.

Then this morning we decided to have a 'home day' - we visited another museum last night and want to avoid museum fatigue. I suggested that Lili try her new paintbrushes - - - and a little while later I gasped again: