17th May 2011

It’s a waiting game!
Waiting for my first grandchild, who was due yesterday, so we’re all here poised. Champagne is in the fridge, the bed is made up in the spare room for the other granny-to-be, I’ve been knitting like a dervish, but of course, this little being must take his/her time. In the meantime, I can be impatient about my new kitchen, the new windows and the final touches on the ground floor here.

I’ve painted my scullery and larder, but the cupboard doors are still to come. I will post photos soon. The vegetable garden is progressing, and tomorrow I’m starting my brick paths, and of course, we’re waiting for rain. There are so many things I’d like to show you, but nothing is quite ready.

We are giving a course in Hampstead on Sunday, and on Monday, I’m covering Chelsea for the Telegraph on Press Day. At 1pm we’re all chased out so the Queen can visit, and I’m moving on to the Veterans’ Garden at Chelsea Barracks. Here those wounded and damaged by the recent wars have started a garden as therapy. It’s a challenging site with overhanging plane trees and a 20ft high wall, I salute their efforts and will try to support the project known as Gardening Leave with a little publicity.

PS. V early Thursday morning
Baby son born to Jacques and Saskia
Ludo Raphael 8lbs 2oz
All’s well.