It’s my birthday, ever a reminder of how lucky I am to have many talented, generous, and patient people in my life. Endless thanks to Lia for cross-stitching me my very own motto, which deserves a little provenance. She and I saw something exactly like this hanging in an old boat museum a while back – for obvious reasons we took pictures at the time. To my amazement a handmade replica showed up on my doorstep this week, and if you’ve ever created anything that started off as string I don’t have to tell you that this is a piece of work. If I had to pick a phrase that pretty much sums things up, this would most certainly be it.