Invited to a book launch near Oxford last week for Green Flowers by Alison Hoblyn, published by Timber Press both here and in the USA. Beautifully produced, wonderful photography by Marie O’Hara, clear layout and writing, an ideal present. You wouldn’t think there were over 170 green flowers, would you? Do look out for this lovely book. At the launch copies were being sold by Alison’s friend Hilary Kay from the Antiques Road Show - nobody could resist her charm even if they wanted to. I’m a great fan of AR so was intrigued to meet her. I asked her all sorts of inane questions and thought of much more intelligent things on the way home
Alison and her family live in a large converted chapel – tall ceilings, modern, minimalist but comfortable and highly* imaginative, the sort of house that should feature in an interior design mag. I realise that even if I chuck out all my clutter, I’ll never achieve that look. Still, it has inspired me to attempt a bit of a spring clean-out. (Hope springs eternal..) Photo - self in pink in crowd, clutching book.