We are in hopes of adding a new member to the cast: Honey the Hamster-Loving Hippie. Ever since the sweet, shy farm-wifie who used to look after the house hung up her mop, we have scrambled on as best we might, which given how busy we are, is not very well. Honey the Hippie came our way via the traditional advert in the post office & strikes us on the whole as unorthodox but likeable; anyone who can combine the ownership of five cats with a small rodent rescue service is a woman of some organizational talent (luckless guinea-pigs, homeless hamsters, displaced gerbils, she loves them all, we gather). All four of our own animals immediately fell in love with her and followed her about in a body. She is turning up with her Marigolds on Friday, which will be something of a red-letter day domestically, since with any luck it will also see the arrival of a new and functional fridge-freezer.