Virginia Woolf

Something Lurking In The Hollyhocks…

The hollyhocks are a giveaway – it could only be an English country garden. The one at Charleston, Sussex, summer home of members of the Bloomsbury Group. It seems an unlikely place for a battle, but that’s what’s going on here. Because in order to get here we had to pass through many pretty villages […]

The Witches Of Knole

My mother lives very close to 600 year-old Knole House in Sevenoaks, Kent, and on a sunny day we visit the house. Knole is vast, complex and full of hidden treasures. Originally an Archbishop’s palace, the house passed through royal hands to the Sackville family – Knole’s inhabitants from 1603 to today. There are paintings by Reynolds, Gainsborough and Van Dyck, 17th-century […]