Growing up in South Africa without any IKEA stores means I still get a little bit excited when going to IKEA. I especially enjoy the meatballs with mash, gravy and lingonberry jam. They're the delightful break between hours of walking along routes designed to take you through every bit of the store.

Going to IKEA with the toddler can be very draining, but he was mostly good fun and we managed to get what we need. Worse was the hour's drive there and back in torrential rain. What happened to all the sunny weather we've been having lately?