A few of my favourite things

Per­haps best known for her role as Miss Moneypenny along­side Pierce Bros­nan’s James Bond, the Bri­tish ac­tress has also ap­peared in count­less tele­vi­sion dra­mas such as ITV’S Down­ton Abbey, as Lady Rosamund Pain­swick, and Frances Bar­den in the Sec­ond World

Country Life Every Week - - A Few Of My Favourite Things - Il­lus­tra­tions by Chris­tian David Moore

About a year ago, we moved house and a leaflet got popped through the door ad­ver­tis­ing Fred­die’s Flow­ers. You pay £20 a week and, ev­ery Thurs­day, a new box of flow­ers ar­rives. You don’t know what they’re go­ing to be, but they ar­rive with ad­vice as to how best to ar­range them and a sa­chet of flower food, which means the bunch will last a full fort­night. It’s ab­so­lutely de­light­ful. My house is al­ways full of fresh flow­ers and I’m even learn­ing some of the names. £20 per de­liv­ery, plus £2.50 if you live out­side the M25 (www.fred­dies­flow­ers.com; 020Ð 8396 6696)

It’s not some­thing I usu­ally do in my pri­vate life, but be­ing able to fly busi­ness class is one of the great perks of the job. The first time I flew busi­ness, I was work­ing on a show for the BBC called The Ginger Treeñi was 26 and didn’t know that travel like that ex­isted. I re­ally got the bug when I went to New York to do a play called Amy’s View with Judi Dench. I’m a very ner­vous fly­erñi loathe aero­planes, so the lux­ury of be­ing given a busi­ness ticket can­not be over-em­pha­sised. Ev­ery time the plane bounces, I burst into tearsñbut when you’re in busi­ness, there are more stew­ards and stew­ardesses on hand to look af­ter you. If I were a mil­lion­aire, that’s what I’d do all the time.

My son’s girl­friend, Sarah, in­tro­duced me to a Neal’s Yard reed dif­fuserñshe gave it to me when we put our last house on the market. Peo­ple tell you to brew fresh cof­fee or to bake bread, but the dif­fuser sorted ev­ery­thing for us. You get beau­ti­ful smelling oils, a very charm­ing holder and it means the room smells fresh and lovely and clean. It’s a sim­ple, silly thing, but I love it. (£23.50, 01747 834634; www.neals yardreme­dies.com)

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