So I'm back in France. Martine picked me up at the station last night in her new (well, actually very old) Bentley. While in London I:
1 Went to Pilates every day.
2 Learnt that the Canadian rights to Tout Sweet had sold in an 'excellent' deal. According to my editor, the fact it sold at all is good as normally Canadian publishers only buy books when they're already bestsellers.
3 Met my perfumer friend Linda Pilkington of Ormonde Jayne in Claridges for a glass of pink champagne and sampled her new fragrance Tiare, which contains a wonderful £30,000 a kilo gardenia essence. I think it's her best yet. It reminds me a little of Chanel Cristalle but much prettier.
4 Signed some more books in Waterstones Kensington, where Patti, who is looking after my book so well, made some reading suggestions including:
•The Cassandra Chronicles By Ariel Leve - very, very funny observations by a writer who claims to look on the bleak side of life ( though I suspect she would be great fun to know.)
• The Handbag and Wellies Yoga Club by Lucy Edge (another tale of a city girl moving to pastures new - I do love a 'move to the country' memoir and they do seem very in vogue at the moment. There is also The Exmoor Files: How I Lost A Husband And Found Rural Bliss by Liz Jones, which I am also reading.)
•The Price of Water in Finistere by Bodil Malmsten (a 'new life in France' memoir that until now had escaped my notice, but which is written in a very sparse, lyrical way.)
5 Had dinner with friends at The Chamberlayne - an excellent gastro pub in Kilburn (83 Chamberlayne Road, NW10, tel 0208 960 4311).
6 Encouraged by (2) bought a new pair of cherry red Prada 'Mary-Jane' shoes. There will be limited opportunities for wearing them in the French countryside but I couldn't resist. There is something about a pair of red shoes that makes you feel happy.
7 Realised what a strong and wonderful network of friends I still have in London.
8 Rediscovered high street chain Uniqlo. The last time I looked (because I was writing an article on its UK launch for The Daily Mail) it was selling shapeless fleeces. Now it's got super-helpful staff, v-neck lambswool cardigans in a great range of colours (£24.99) and skinny stretch jeans (also £24.99) which are better cut than Seven For Mankind - and cost a seventh of the price (with free alterations thrown in).