Mary Rose

When my husband, then fiancée, asked if I’d be willing to get married the day before his birthday I thought it was a wonderful idea. Our anniversary would be the day before his birthday always. This would mean he would never ever have any excuse for forgetting the annual celebration of our nuptials. Aha! I…

Versailles 

Just a quick note to remind you all to set your boxes to record the new raunchy French drama Versailles that starts this week (9:30pm Wed, BBC2).  It’s the most expensive French TV series ever made. It’s also the first French series to have a second season commissioned before the first had aired. Written by two…

Polesden Lacey 

The other week we went to visit National Trust property Polesden Lacey, the country retreat of Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville. Margaret Greville was the illegitimate daughter of Scottish brewery magnate William McEwan. Her mother, Helen Anderson, is rumoured to have been married to an employee of McEwan’s at the time of Margaret’s birth (scandal!) but…

Birthday (kind of)

It all started when I told my husband he couldn’t buy me a KitchenAid mixer. My husband and I don’t really do presents. It isn’t that we don’t love one another, it’s just that I always find a better use for the money. Not very romantic I know but practical, very practical! He wanted to…