The Rain in Spain

I’m so glad we came to Mallorca in May. When I think of Spain, I think of a hot and dusty holiday to Salamanca when I was 12. It was a treat, as I had never been abroad before, but it was a brutal introduction to how unforgiving the summer sun can be. This time […]

Living From The Outside In

I suppose it boils down to the weather, but became really obvious to me on my recent trip to Mallorca that those living in warm countries live their lives outside in, whereas we in the UK tend to live inside out. I’m not complaining, not least because I have made a 20 year career out […]


One of my favourite pastimes is to look up. That is to say, we almost always look straight ahead when we walk, and in London, some of the best bits of our architectural heritage are actually above us. So when I went to Wroclaw this week for a few days, I reminded myself that this […]

Inside Number 10

So March 8th was International Women’s Day and as fate would have it, I found myself the recipient of an invite to 10 Downing Street to help celebrate the event. Needless to say, I was both curious and delighted, and come the allotted hour, found myself in the security queue outside the famous iron gates. […]

My Indian Reawakening

A little piece I wrote for the Mail on Sunday a few years ago about a trip to India…along with Corsica and Morocco, it ranks as my all time favourite travel destination. Gleaming Morris Oxfords, Mogul palaces, the Taj Mahal by moonlight, painted elephants, desert forts, water skiing on the lakes of Kashmir, brilliant colour, […]

The Power of Flowers

Last week was Chelsea – probably my favourite week of the year for that reason. Also my favourite month for the garden. When I lived in Wales I always remember the excitement of watching the garden explode into life from late April onwards. The frequent combination of sunny May days interspersed with often heavy rains […]