Mothering Sunday

14 March 2010

It’s mother’s day here in England and I very much enjoyed my traditional lie in, from which I was roused by a procession of my husband bearing tea, Felix bearing Rachel Allen’s Home Cooking and Oscar sort of carrying a box of chocolates and Flora Fraser’s Venus of Empire: The Life of Pauline Bonaparte.

Have just had a lovely lunch, made by my husband, who makes an amazing vegetarian lasagne and am now considering a bit of work followed by starting my new book as I have been looking forward to reading it for a while now. I’m not a fan of Pauline Bonaparte, as she sounds like an absolutely vile person but sometimes it is fun to read about the really nasty characters from history for a change, rather than the much lauded and admired ones.

What do you prefer reading about? The bad gals or the heroines?

Don’t forget – the giveaway of a copy of The Secret Diary of a Princess ends on the 15th March on Enchanted by Josephine.

In other exciting news, I’ll be going to London later this month to see the new exhibitions about Delaroche’s painting of the execution of Lady Jane Grey at the National Gallery and also Albert and Victoria: Art and Love at Buckingham Palace. I have also been fortunate enough to be able to arrange an interview for my blog with my former university tutor Desmond Shawe-Taylor, who is now Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures and will be asking him about the Queen’s art collection and the exhibitions about the eighteenth century conversation piece and Victoria and Albert.

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