9, Duchess of Devonshire

There has been so much written about the Mitfords, and by the Mitfords, both during their lives and after , that now as the final obituaries roll off the press for the last sister,  ‘wait for me‘ Debo, it is truly … Continue reading

Library Lea(r)ning

Patrick Leigh Fermor was once described as “a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene,”  he kept good company with Deborah Mitford, AKA the Duchess of Devonshire.  Their correspondence written ‘in tearing haste‘ over 50 years makes a … Continue reading

Gloria’s Swansong

What’s not to love? a freshly sketched bouquet of flowers,  the crisp graphic flow, an exuberant message – oh and of course that it’s from Gloria Vanderbilt. Gloria, one of Truman Capote’s original ‘swans’, the great society beauties of 60’s … Continue reading