Since settling in at Bancroft Manor, despite having heard movement through the corridors of this palatial home, a property that rivals the famed Romanov Gatchina Palace, I have mainly been happy with my own company. Mostly I am comfortable to enjoy this room of my own. When I am not on tour, Dansing with Macabre, I enjoy exploring the grounds and gardens with my dogs, going for walks around the estate.
Our host, Georgina McClure, has made sure that we have all that we are well connected to the outside world and I have loved this time of quiet solitude, enjoyed rummaging through Borrow Box. I have been happy to lay on the couch or in the bath listening to a vast range of audiobooks including my childhood favourite, The Magic Faraway Tree.
Imagine my delight when I rediscovered Alexander Mcall Smiths No 1 Ladies Detective Series and was reunited with Mma ‘Precious’ Ramotswe and her brainy assistant, Mma Makutsi. Read brilliantly by Adjoa Andoh I have been happy, not only to wander around Botswana and the enjoyable world of the Kalahari’s own Miss Marple, but to sit talking with Mma Ramotswe and drinking Rooibos Tea (a redbush tea from the Cedarberg region of South Africa, Mma Ramotswe’s favourite, which I was able to buy locally).
While we are together I will share a reading from my Celtic Tree Oracle with this wonderfully practical woman whose primary professional wisdom has been sourced from Clovis Andersen, the author of The Principles of Private Detection.