Dearest All

What a very fine April it has been . . . in the garden early one morning, the magnolia caught my fancy, a little past it’s prime, but beautiful none the less . .

And without fail, every year I eagerly await the rebirth of the hostas, outside the back door. I got them before the slugs did.

Also, for Spring 2011, two new, wonderful books that I worked on last year . .

The Edible Balcony by Alex Mitchell, published by Kyle Books

A really fun and inspirational book to work on. Also, a perfect opportunity to visit the sort of balconies you don’t come across every day in London.

The Country House Revealed, by Dan Cruickshank, published by BBC Books at Ebury Press

Again, a lovely book to work on . . . . with houses that excelled my wildest dreams . . .