Yesterday we had important visitors. Vivienne Ayres, the Homes Editor of Country Homes and Interiors, and Polly Eltes, their photographer, came to take photos of my house for an article which will be published in the magazine some time over the winter 2012-13.
I was worried about not having any flowers to dot about - the cutting garden is at its barest at the moment, just a few droopy hellebores and dogwood - but my friend Nadja allowed me to pillage her garden for snowdrops
The day made me realise how much work and skill goes into photo shoots - the careful consideration of angles, the balancing of colours, the way that photos are quite different from 3D in the way that things have to be arranged, to make it seem natural, to close up the gaps. I am left in awe.
It is the first time that I have been able to see photographs as it all goes along - Polly had her laptop with her - and they are absolutely wonderful. I can't wait to see them in the magazine.
The other thing I learned was that snowdrops are scented - the house smells wonderful, like honey.