How long does it take to write a book?

Quite a long time, is the answer to that question. I found an image of me on my Instagram feed recently, seated at a table in the window of my office. In it, I’m beavering away on the draft of my next book, Saddleback Wife – Slow Food in Tasmania. The post was dated January … More How long does it take to write a book?

Ten things I learned while researching Sissinghurst and Vita Sackville-West

I read numerous brilliant books researching Sissinghurst Castle Gardens and its creators Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. Here are ten random things I learned, and some I just thought about. As I read about the demise of wildlife in England since the dawning of the industrial age, it made me wonder what differences Vita and … More Ten things I learned while researching Sissinghurst and Vita Sackville-West

Home schooling questions on the film 'Love Actually'

We’re at home today with one child, two from tomorrow. Obviously English is one subject I feel a bit qualified to help mine with. So here’s the first assignment I’m setting my year eleven daughter. It’s based on the film Love Actually, which we’ve watched a few times recently in an effort to keep cheerful. … More Home schooling questions on the film 'Love Actually'