The heat wave faded away and since then the weather has been much more the sort of thing one expects from April- ie patchy and changeable. Yesterday we went to Eastbourne and it was mostly cloudy, with sunny intervals as the afternoon wore on- but warm enough for us to sit out on the pavement and eat Italian ice-cream. "Ice-cream unites the generations," said Ailz. And that's true. In recent years I've lost my appetite for most sweet things but show me a shop selling "real" ice-cream- and I'll swerve from the direction in which I'm headed and go buy some. We had three scoops each. Mine were ginger, strawberry and lemon sorbet.