Jour­nal­ist, au­thor and TV pre­sen­ter Anne Robin­son is head­ing back to our TV screens. Mar­i­anne Sweet vis­ited her Cost­wold home to find out more - and to hear about her sup­port for lo­cal li­braries

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For­get about cli­mate change melt­ing the po­lar ice caps. There is an even greater thaw­ing here in the Cotswolds with our own Queen of Mean.

And the rea­son for Anne Robin­son’s mel­low­ing? Two little lads called Hud­son and Parker - her grand­sons. Their paint­ings take pride of place, sur­rounded by a stun­ning col­lec­tion of art, in her spa­cious and wel­com­ing Cotswold barn con­ver­sion.

Anne ad­mits she is in pos­ses­sion of many more pieces by these yet-to-be-dis­cov­ered artists, aged seven and five. “My bed­room is full of their pic­tures. I’ve had them all framed. They were with me all sum­mer, ei­ther here or in France I couldn’t get rid of them,” she says with a hint of a smile.

On a shelf near the door of her home, where she moved just over a decade ago fol­low­ing the di­vorce of her sec­ond hus­band, is a large hand­bell, rem­i­nis­cent of the ones you find in school.

Its pur­pose is prac­ti­cal. “The chil­dren are al­ways out­side, miles away. This is six acres around here. I got the bell quite re­cently be­cause they don’t come to the whis­tle like the dogs and I can’t shout and ruin my voice.”

Her grand­sons of­fer those sim­ple plea­sures of fam­ily life which Anne didn’t com­pletely have

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