My recent silence is due to the fact that we are desperately trying to move house (again) so as to find somewhere quieter for my daughter. As those of you who have had to do this after many years living in one place will know, it’s both a logistically and emotionally complex issue and one we’re struggling with.

On Tuesday next week I go to Holland to give a paper as part of an intensive three days working with an international group looking at the impact of climate change on low-lying coastal areas, which will be both informative and challenging.

More on that in due course.