Here is my per­fect day

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden - Il­lus­tra­tions by Sholto Walker

Wak­ing up

At home, which oc­curs too rarely, with a mug of rooi­bos vanilla tea— Dragon­fly makes a good one. I love vanilla. The real thing, ex­tracted from pods, is hand pol­li­nated and comes from a creeper that’s part of the or­chid fam­ily and is very ex­pen­sive.

Break­fast

Many would opt for a break­fast fry-up (and who can blame them?), but I’m go­ing for a kip­per and poached eggs. Rick Stein would pre­pare it in his epony­mous Pad­stow restau­rant over­look­ing the har­bour in north Corn­wall (time and dis­tance play no part in my fan­tasy). It would be a Craster kip­per, smoked in the tra­di­tional way by L. Rob­son & Sons in its 160-year-old smoke­house in Craster, northum­ber­land. The eggs are or­ganic, poached and ei­ther Duchy Orig­i­nal or Bur­ford Brown.

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