My wife is out in Switzerland at the moment visiting a daughter and grandchildren, so in addition to doing the little I usually do, I've been lumbered with her chores as well. My old secretary rang me before my wife had fixed a date to travel to say she intended to invite herself over this week for a meal and to catch up with us. If she does, it would, of course, be the ideal opportunity to get to know her even better than I do, but frankly, all this housework is wearing me out. I've still got the grass to cut as well if we ever get a dry day. It seems to me there is no need at all for the "be good while I'm away" comments people make before they leave. It's hard work not to.