Summer on the beach


Off to the Hen Party at Benenden in Kent (TN17 4LE) on Saturday June 7th till 4. Nice friend Sheila Hume has copied my idea to host breeders who will show and sell poultry and hatching eggs. This year there will be a potter, leather worker and pole lather – wow, lots of plant stalls and hopefully lovely bunches of flowers from Sheila’s garden. She grows flowers professionally for florists, so I look forward to filling my car.

My stall (selling books, hen paraphernalia and garden bits and bobs) is always next to  the excellent cake and tea table, so I always end the day a good half a stone heavier,  (but hopefully lighter by a few books). Am cadging a lift with my friend Nicola Smith who sells blue egg-laying hens. Do try and come too if you’re local, it’s a lovely day out. For more information – email

An article about my house has just come out in the July issue of Country Living magazine. Have a look! Gorgeous pics by Charlie Colmer, artfully managed by Hester Page – they photographed the first article about our house in Troston that came out in 1996, so we have come full circle.

Had a fab time at The Leaping Hare at Wyken, meeting old friends. Thank you Kenneth and Carla Carlisle and the staff for being so welcoming. I do miss Suffolk.