View From My Win­dow:

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The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - News - In­ter­view: Ann Wal­lace

ARE YOU SIT­TING COM­FORT­ABLY?

Yes – on a big squashy sofa in my small West­min­ster flat, which is where I live dur­ing the week. It’s my lit­tle bolt­hole and very ba­sic, but I’ve sur­rounded my­self with photos of friends and fam­ily, crowded book shelves, me­mora­bilia and lots of Jo Malone can­dles.

The liv­ing room is re­ally com­fort­able – as well as the sofa, there is a small ta­ble and a cou­ple of chairs where I can do my re­search and think up in­ter­view ques­tions for my guests on the show.

I have a big TV as I’m a real square eyes and a news junkie. I zap be­tween BBC, SKY and CNN and I tend to watch a lot of Net­flix and pre-recorded stuff.

WHAT’S THE VIEW LIKE?

There’s not much of a view. I in­vested in wooden shut­ters so I couldn’t see into the flat di­rectly op­po­site (and vice versa). Right now, there is a build­ing site op­po­site, as more new flats are go­ing up. It’s been very noisy and dusty for the past year but there’s noth­ing you can do about it. I can hear Big Ben chim­ing but sadly can’t see it, but it’s a fan­tas­tic cen­tral lo­ca­tion. I can walk into Covent Garden, Soho and Ox­ford Street in around half an hour.

FAVOURITE PLACE NEARBY?

Balt­hazar in Covent Garden is my favourite place to eat, and my zumba class is right across the street. Very handy. It’s a real buzz-y area round here now.

PER­FECT NIGHT IN?

Dur­ing the week I re­ally have to get to bed early. But some­times, if I get my prep done in time, I have friends round for an early tea – some­thing easy, like stir fry or chilli as I’m a very bad cook.

My kitchen is tiny, so I can’t be too ad­ven­tur­ous, even if I did have the skills. But there’s noth­ing like shar­ing a meal and a laugh. It’s so im­por­tant to keep in touch with your pals.

LAST THING YOU BOUGHT FOR YOUR HOME?

A mas­sive wooden book­case for un­der the win­dow in the liv­ing room. Books were get­ting stacked up ev­ery­where so I needed to get them all in one place.

IF I DIDN’T LIVE HERE, I’D WANT TO LIVE IN…

A cot­tage over­look­ing Scapa Flow on Orkney, so I could pop in to the The Foveran ev­ery night for a fab­u­lous, fresh seafood din­ner. I would visit ev­ery sin­gle one of the is­lands and yomp across them on long sum­mer evenings and on win­ter nights, I’d sit in front of an open fire, writ­ing…

It’s a fan­tas­tic cen­tral lo­ca­tion. I can walk into to Covent Garden, Soho and Ox­ford Street in around half an hour ...

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