While Alan was still teaching at the local high school, we were lucky enough to have a group of teenagers who were willing to babysit for us on a regular basis. They were The Little Gems! As far as I can remember, we didn't pay them, but each time they came I baked a cake, usually chocolate, and there was seldom any left when we got back, as was only proper. They made up stories to tell our two kids,who were good and bad for them in equal measure! Some made up the story and one was a talented artist and drew the pictures. the arty one went on to write books and illustrate them and all spread their wings and we lost contact with most of them. I think they had quite an influence on our two, as one went on to become a designer and the other studied cabinet making. Recently we have met up on facebook. How good is that, love technology! So if any of them should read this, just a great big thanks from me and him outdoors. And look what I saved for ever!