08.00 Cryptic e-mail from Gary, our photographer - the rain is beating down but he assumes that, since we're British and therefore intrepid, we'll wish to persevere.
"Absolutely", I reply instantly.
Every morning at 08.00 these stoical persons meet for a happy hour in Kings Heath Park with their canine companions.
Today has been no exception. At 09.50 they regroup, dripping. Graham is already wearing his kilt. Diane carries a suspiciously bulgy plastic bag. Gary repairs to his car to collect his camera. Pat dives into the boot of hers and emerges transformed. We look at each other and laugh. Texts are sent to to Jess and Amanda: 10.00 a.m. and we're on our way !