Wow. Being sarcastically positive really works.
Today the sun shone, shone, and then shone some more. In fact it shone so much, I managed to get all the shots I needed - plus quite a few additional ones - of my three very busy little girls. They looked perfect, did as they were directed and ate ice cream afterwards with aplomb. We even had time to hit the paddling pools to cool off a bit before lunch.
Today completed the 'shoot' part of my short: now for the edit and my nose being firmly pressed to some random grindstone. Crikey m'lord, we're nearly there.