Sissinghurst & Doris Lessing are brightening my week. It's clearly a bumper week on my beloved Radio 4. I normally have the BBC radio station running in the background, but these two book reading programmes made me stop what I was doing, to really listen. First up is Book of the Week, Adam Nicholson reading from his book, Sissinghurst, An Unfinished History, then an hour later is the Woman's Hour Drama, a dramatisation of The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing.
I had read Victoria Glendinning's wonderful biography, Vita, just before the visit and had already decided to work on some summer styles ('gardening coats') after being inspired by a picture of Vita by Jane Bown. So, what a delight to hear about how Sissinghurst is being transformed into a fully organic farm and the food served to the visitors is to be all sourced from the farm. Adam Nicholson (Vita S-W and Harold Nicholson's grandson) recounts the trials & tribulations of getting everyone enthusiastic and engaged in the project. Very much looking forward to tomorrow's instalment.
If you miss a show then you can, as I often do, you can always listen again, though these ones expire after a week.