I abandoned my children and the relentless drizzle of London for the periodic drizzle of Dieppe in France. A few days working on a range of cards was a pleasant change from my normal week and pleasingly productive. I even found time for a glass of rose on the seafront as the sun set behind the cliffs. Finally, something like summer!
My parents have renovated a small house in Dieppe (they think of it as the Margate of France, I’m pretty sure no-one in France thinks that). It’s beautiful – terracotta floors, wooden shutters and paintings by our friend Ruth Miemczyk. I worked at the big dining table next to large windows letting bright light (apart from when the inevitable rain fell), with my mum bringing me croissants and tea. It was such a change from my day-to-day life. It’s possible to be so productive when you don’t have children to feed or wipe.