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...Vis­ited Basil­don House. Over the seem­ingly in­ter­minable sum­mer hol­i­days, the kids, the dog and I went here. Well, not the house, ex­actly (no ca­nines al­lowed in­side), but we did romp around the gor­geous grounds for a good hour or two. Fan­tas­tic. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/ basil­don-park

...Lis­tened to The Archers. Fi­nally I’ve worked out that it’s on ev­ery night just af­ter the seven o’clock news on Ra­dio Four. What I’m still yet to work out, how­ever, is who’s who and what the devil’s go­ing on. Still, lis­ten­ing to it is com­fort­ing (par­tic­u­larly the jaunty, jolly theme tune) - and it does a ster­ling job at drown­ing out the kids’ bick­er­ing if I turn the vol­ume up to 11 while I’m mak­ing din­ner. @BBCTheArchers

...Read Par­adise Lodge by Nina Stibbe (Pen­guin, £8.99). It’s about the time she spent work­ing in an old peo­ple’s care home in the ’70s when she was 15. But the real star isn’t Nina, it’s her bril­liant, flighty, funny mother, my hero. Great stuff. ISBN 9780241974926

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