Give us a hot summer and I’ll happily not use the hosepipe

Steve's baby daughter made amazing progress this week, or so his wife thought

STEVE CANAVAN: It was a lot of rattle over just a little roll

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March is always a difficult month for me. We’re in the final grasp of winter and everything’s still barren and bare.

I long to get out and tidy the garden, cut the grass and water the plants.

I love April when you see leaves on trees start to grow. Saying that, this winter has been pretty drama-free, hasn’t it?

There’s been no snow and dry, calm days for the past three months.

I so hope for a classic British summer. Can we have another 1984 please? With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and my wedding, I want non-stop sunshine.

I’ll happily disconnect the hosepipe. In fact, I’ll be happy to draw water from a pavement stopcock a la 1976!