The downstairs neighbours, from whom we were subletting, have gone home to the Continent. Now we are renting directly from the owners, and we have emerged from our room. The New Town flat in which we have slept, washed, eaten and quarrelled for a over a month actually comprises two stories–and perhaps 2,000 square feet–of what was once a six storey townhouse, built before 1840. Now we are the sole inhabitants and can sit downstairs.There is a garden, too, with a pile of sticks and leaves that may contain hedgehogs. I have been reading gardening books, and one was very

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