Looking at the photos I have taken in the last week's, it occurred to me that we haven't had a Birkies/toes picture for a while, and I would hate to let down those who tell me they could recognise me from my feet rather than my face. This was taken yesterday, amidst clouds of pink and white Erigeron karvinskianus (common name: fleabane) in someone else's garden.
However, this is a very inaccurate end-of-the-week photo-summary of the past week, as I have hardly stood still. Instead of my usual routine of working at home with a couple of distractions, last week was nearly all distractions and a smattering of working at home. (Of course, it can all be justified in terms of work/research/inspiration/ideas...)
So I have been to La Fromagerie to meet a friend and talk about vintage and French linens, stitching and architecture. (Great place, lovely smell of cheese everywhere, fab cakes.)
I have been to Luca's to talk to my agent about books, projects, and what I would really, really like to do. (Excellent bread to take home.)
I have been to Le Chandelier for tea and cake, and a look at the beautiful, photogenic interior. (It can be hired out for photoshoots).
I have been to Charleston for the private view of Kaffe Fassett's new installation. My friend and I turned up just as everyone was going into the house (we'd spent too long talking in The Needlemakers and then in Bill's) so joined the back of a group and enjoyed a wonderful tour of the house, had a wander round the garden, and a chat with Kaffe. (Garden looking lovelier than ever - the view from Vanessa Bell's bed was the one we wanted.)
I have been to the NPG, then to meet two friends from school (there were six of us in a group: Jane, Jane, Jane, Alison, Alison, and Fanny. My middle name is Alison, so I never really had to remember names. This time I met a Jane and an Alison.) Terroirs turned out to be a great choice of meeting place (chosen for its Frenchness - we all did languages incl French at university).
I have been to gardens, too. I meant to go to lots of places open for the Open Squares Weekend but the weather was too cold and wet. Nevertheless, we got to a dripping but very interesting walled garden at Chiswick House.
And then yesterday was the apogee of a busy week. Simon and I went to Tom Stuart-Smith's own garden in Hertfordshire (open with the second family garden for the NGS ). Utterly amazing, and my feet have hardly touched the ground since. Even though they are to be found firmly tucked under my desk every day this week.