Hi everyone, it's Nicky. Orio - Greg - told me I could put up a post if I'd like to, so here I am. Oh, Sherlock says that some of you are new, and I should explain that I call Lestrade 'Orio' because when we were little, and in Italy, everyone called him Gregorio - which naturally was shortened to Orio.
Once again we're staying in London, and having a lovely time with Orio, John and the boys. Today Orio has to work, but we've all spent the past two days together, going to museums, galleries...and shops. Lots of shops.
As any of you who followed yesterday will have seen, Orio took Carla to get her ears pierced again yesterday - and got his own redone too.
Carla's over the moon with hers - Orio bought her some gold studs to have put in. He had a surgical steel little stud in his - obviously wanting to be as discreet as possible. It's just a little flat stud. (He used to have a square diamond thing he wore (not a real diamond). Not sure that would suit him now!)
Today we went to the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Modern. Sherlock is quite the art critic! But Mycroft and Carla seemed to enjoy it a lot. And I did too. John's a lovely person to spend time with.
We were hoping to meet up with Orio for lunch, but he's been out all day on a case, so we'll have to wait until this evening to see him. I'd love to see more of him, but at least we had two full days this time. And I know he feels bad about working so much, so I don't want him to feel guilty!
Mycroft played us a little on his guitar earlier - a Johnny Cash song, which doesn't surprise me at all, given John and Orio both love him (Johnny Cash - not Mycroft. Well, Mycroft too, obviously!)
And here, in the hope he might forgive me by the time he's home, is another picture of him I found. No grey hairs!
Now I have to persuade my daughter that she doesn't 'need' degus. I did have one sitting in my lap earlier. Argon, I think. She was very calm - tired out, I suspect - and I must admit they are very cute. But that doesn't mean we need any!
Anyway, hope you all have a Happy New Year, and thank you all for being so supportive of Orio and John.