My daughter Jaye has a new commendable project. She is learning sign-language, so that deaf listeners can understand what she is singing!
My husband Ron played the accordion, the clarinet, and his key-board. I bought him a glass-engraving kit, but that was too much worry. I was afraid that the flying shards of glass go into his eyes when he removed his goggles!
The computer chess that I bought him next was a much better idea.
Ron was very ken on watching car-racing, so we went to the races at Monte-Carlo and Le Mans.
Of course, many people’s main hobby is ‘collecting things’. Friends of ours in France live in a ‘Maison de Maître ‘- that’s a mansion-house! They need the space to house all their many collections! The entrance-hall and lounge are not something we could have lived with. They a re full of stuffed animals! And I do not like taxidermy.
The two upper floors are interesting, each room housing a different collection. One room is full of Army and Navy costumes through the ages. Another is packed with wirelesses and gramophones of all shapes and sizes. There is not space enough here to tell you about all the other rooms.
So what do I collect?
I am a great fan of the artist, Claude Monet. Even my cushions feature his water-lily design.
I also collect pieces of glass and mirrors of Julian McDonald, which I buy regularly from television’s QVC programme..
My flat sparkles -- I wish that I did! (Editor’s note: But you do, and always have: done!)