Some days just don’t go quite to plan. When my parents were visiting they took me and my daughter out to Nuffield Place, a local National Trust property. We had an interesting morning learning about his philanthropy, and hunting round the house for objects that my daughter had to find in a trail. It seems that Lord and/or Lady Nuffield loved Scottie Dogs. Despite the forecast of sunny intervals, it was decidedly overcast, but it was at least warm so after a spot of lunch we headed to the sprinklers at Wallingford. But unfortunately they were shut for cleaning. After watching the maintenance workers for a while we realised the sprinklers weren’t going to be working that day and headed home. Later, just as we were getting ready for my daughter’s swimming lesson, with plans for me and Dad to join her in the pool at the end of the lesson there was a call to tell us the pool was closed due to “unforeseen circumstances”. So with no sprinklers and no swimming we remained well and truly dry. But at least I got a nice informal snap of my parents and daughter to remember the day by.