The Gardens at Highgrove

Highgrove in Gloucestershire is the family home of The Prince of Wales, bought by the Duchy of Cornwall in1980. Now open to the public on certain days, and on a strictly invitation only basis, I joined a few friends and WI members on Friday morning as we wended our way through the countryside by coach […]

Fabulous Faberge

From time to time, over the past 20 years, I’ve been commissioned by a Far Eastern collector to paint miniatures for his Faberge frames. These frames are quite fantastic – some cost over £40,000. However I had an email the other day from Asia to tell me that fungus had appeared on at least six […]

A Puzzle No More

The 3,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of the ancient map of the world is finally completed. It’s taken nearly 6 months (with the help of a young jigsaw puzzle enthusiast) to do, and as it’s taken up most of the space on my dining room table perhaps I’ll be able to host a dinner party there soon! […]

Alfresco Dining

Riverside lunch parties are always special to me – and last Monday was no exception. It was Olive Bond’s birthday (which she had kept a secret from the guests) and about 30 of us enjoyed a wonderfully jolly time – Here’ a photograph showing the view from one of the tables on the verandah. Olive’s […]