Seize the day or hit snooze?

Ordinarily, I’m very much a seize the day person. Lately though, there aren’t enough snooze buttons in the world…


What motivates you in the morning?

Fear. I’ve never been late for school drop off yet, but there have been many close calls.


What would your dream weekend involve?

Right now, anything that let me venture outside my own four walls would do nicely. Under normal circumstances though, it would be spent getting totally lost in a new city. The post-COVID travel bucket list is getting out of control…


What outfit are you most looking forward to wearing after lockdown, and where will you wear it?

I treated myself to a new &Daughter dress in the December sales that’s going to be ideal come summer. I’m planning to chuck it on with some trainers and hit Edinburgh city for a stroll around the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art before dinner with dessert – it’s a roomy dress – and then a gig. God how I miss live music…


Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh


What do you think is your finest quality?

I’m quick to laugh, particularly at myself


What was the greatest day of your life?

When my son was discharged from Great Ormond Street Hospital and his road to recovery was clear. I hope there are many great days to come, but I’m not sure that one will ever be beaten.


What one item could you not live without?

My paper diary. Old school, I know, but if I don’t have it on me, I’m totally lost.


Coffee, tea or cabernet?

Tea all day long, coffee when it’s the really good stuff. I’ve not had a glass of wine for more than two years!


What was the last thing that made you laugh?

Rich attempting to wake up this morning. He’s basically a potato before coffee.


And the last thing that made you cry?

I’ve been bursting into tears at the most random things recently, so I guess the short answer is probably exhaustion!



What’s the most useful thing your mother taught you?

Never to live beyond your means. I used to think she was bonkers, balancing her cheque book every night and warning me off credit cards. But now my only debt is my mortgage and I’m immensely proud of that.

What is your greatest achievement?

Living happily. Well, that, or mastering gluten-free béchamel…


What embarrassing memory would you most like to forget?

A couple of years ago, I got the waistband of my jeans caught in the laces hook on my boots, and toppled arse-first out of a portaloo in front of a couple of hundred queueing people. I cringe every time I think about it, which is far more often than I’d like!


What is the greatest life lesson you’d like to pass on?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. I’ve finally realised that so many of the issues that take up my headspace are pretty inconsequential in the grand scheme of things…


What is love?

Total acceptance, and all the laughter.


Image: Amanda Farnese Heath


What song will always make you move?

(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher, by Jackie Wilson. Every. Damn. Time.


And what book will always move you?

Oh, there are so, so many. But I find it hard to look past Ariel Levy’s The Rules Do Not Apply, which I found a huge comfort during a particularly tumultuous period of my life.


What is your most burning ambition?

To be on Desert Island Discs, ideally as host. I accept that may be unlikely…

What one thing do you avoid at all costs?

Sweetcorn. Cannot stand the stuff. If it sneaks onto my plate in any way, it will ruin my day.


How would you most like to be remembered?

As someone who cared.


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