It was Tom's 9th birthday on Saturday. He got a hand-held games console, mainly to keep him occupied when we're at the allotment or doing other things Tom doesn't enjoy. Although by the time we went to the allotment on Sunday he had used up all the battery charge and had to leave it at home. He also got a chemistry set, a Dr Who book, Dr Who pyjamas and a set of Star Trek: The Next Generation DVDs.
We took a couple of his friends out to play LaserQuest, watch a movie and eat pizza, and a good time was had by all. Granddad, Aunty Ninin and Uncle Andrew joined us which Tom really appreciated. I asked him what he thought of being nine, and he answered "Brilliant!"
Ed made good his promise to dig the potato patch. He did a fabulous job and dug the whole area over. I planted the fruit trees he gave me on Valentine's Day and put up the wild bee shelter he gave me for Christmas (he gives the best presents). Wild bees and other predator insects can shelter there, and hopefully give the plant-eating insects on the plot a hard time.