Posted by Tania Kindersley.
Sarah and her family are coming to stay on Thursday and I am in full-blown hostess panic. This is nuts, since if there is one person in the world you cannot impress, it is your co-writer. She sees me straight and she sees me curly, as the great Nanci Griffith once sang. Still, I can't break every single habit of a lifetime, overnight. The house must look lovely. I even dashed to the garden place and bought some more roses and lavender, to fill in the gaps in the flowerbeds.
I am beginning menu plans. Lovely Italian feasts is going to be the theme, with many dishes, so that everyone can take a little bit of what they fancy. I am hoping for sun, so that we might picnic under the pines. But this is Scotland, so more likely I shall have to turn the heating back on and we shall end up eating stew, to keep the cold out.
A very quick trip round the garden, and then I must get on:
Have a wonderful weekend.