As I've been busy getting Sunshine magazine and Party in the Park arrangements finalised, I had to take the laptop away with me at half-term to do a bit of work.

I managed to find a wireless hotspot in the local golf club that had delicious cappuccinos on hand and stunning views of the Cornish coastline while I tapped away.

The manager popped over to clear up my coffee cup, commenting on how hard I'd been working and then he caught me out - I was actually on the Sainsbury's website ordering my groceries ready for when we got home!

About once a month I do a big online grocery shop and then top up in between with small shopping trips in Hillingdon. I usually use Ocado and they are brilliant: only very occasionally is anything missing, they have never arrived late and only rarely is anything crushed.

Ocado doesn't deliver on a Sunday, though, and when I've used Sainsbury's instead, every time I've had problems. This time they managed to forget three bags of my shopping and quite a few items were leaking or broken. So, if you were missing three tomato soups, some bacon and a packet of ham from your internet shop on Sunday, Sainsbury's delivered them to me instead!

And why were they 20 minutes late? I know my home in Uxbridge is only 10 minutes from the Sainsbury's in Hayes, where the internet shopping comes from, so why so late with no phone call or explanation?

To add insult to injury, everything was covered in a sticky black goo as the chiller was leaking in the warehouse, according to the driver. I think I'll stick to Ocado in future.

I need to do some regular shopping soon, not of the internet variety. Alex is playing a scarecrow in his school play and he came home with the dreaded letter asking for a home-made scarecrow outfit! Where to start? Suggestions on a postcard please!

You'd think Alex would be proud of having landed the lead part in the play but he insists he wanted to be the dog. Apparently the dog only has to say 'woof' so the lines will be easier to learn. You can't fault the logic in that.

If you're looking for something to do with the kids, why not take them to the Minet Country Park Community Festival on Saturday, between noon and 4pm?

There'll be a Big Bug show, cycle races, a falconry display and live music. Call 020 8573 0761 for details.

* Cathy is editor of Sunshine, the community magazine for families living in Hillingdon.