Molly - I've always found it best to decide how you want things to be long term then be consistent with how you approach things - if you try different tactics he may have realised he can call the shots! When we first moved ours into their own room DS struggled to settle a bit so we gave him a cuddly elephant with a blanket attached. For a long time he would wake up sometimes and we would just go in, give him his elephant and leave. It worked, and it still happens occasionally (although often simply because he's lost it somewhere in the cot and can't be bothered to open his eyes to find it...) Not sure if this helps at all!
BB - I'd agree with KA about the playgroup - those tree bases need covering somehow and they really ought to have a way of stopping the children going in and out of the doors. It doesn't sound like a very suitable location for a toddler group! If all else fails I'd just plonk yourself by the pots and keep redirecting!
I have a bit of cabin fever, haven't left the house since Monday, except to take Max to the drs! He's getting much better and is eating a little bit. But some quite unusual things - last night at tea time he had some chips and asparagus and tonight he's had broccoli and yorkshire pudding
I suppose his body is probably telling him what he needs - he had some chicken at lunch time and some yogurt, and some porridge at breakfast too. I can't wait to get out of the house though, it wouldn't be so bad if it would stop raining and we could go out in the garden for a bit!