Delight & Dismay

Today I delight in

"my current favourite expletive, "fuck the fuck off", as in stupid, stupid menu descriptions"

Today I despair of

"people (chefs) who can write a menu using the description "a celebration of celeriac.""

Previous

19th April

I delight in...

"Rollright - not a tobacconist or backstreet carpet shop but the butteriest, gorgeously oozing Cotswold cheese"

I despair of...

"a quote for £750 to collect some furniture from north London and bring it back 120 miles to Suffolk"

9th April

I delight in...

"the goldfinches having discovered the nigella seeds within 24 hours of the feeder going up"

I despair of...

"the bloody rain. Please can we have a good, sustained, sunny period?"

4th April

I delight in...

"booking a tour of Highgrove gardens on referendum day (can he vote?) with Annie Owen"

I despair of...

"NEW technology (iPad software update) that takes a whole hour to upload! WTF"

31st March

I delight in...

"the scent of Paper White narcissi"

I despair of...

"of my torn muscle (tensor fascia lata?) ever healing - 3 months plus of pain"

29th March

I delight in...

"nearly having the finished drawings to get quotes for remodelling our little flat"

I despair of...

"the countless boxes of old accounts ever getting shredded - David!!!"

28th March

I delight in...

"eventually tracing my log-in details so, at long last, I can change my website!"

I despair of...

"the fact I ate a whole bag of Marsden's chocolate fudge over the weekend – it's fantastic"

6th December

I delight in...

"at long last finding my log-in password so I could change stuff on this site"

I despair of...

"too many things that need scanning"

6th July

I delight in...

"having decided to holiday at home this summer. With dogs, D, beautiful garden & sun, it's bliss."

I despair of...

"customer service departments that send out trite, uninformed, generic (and therefore) useless replies"

8th June

I delight in...

"the crazy duck who nested in a hanging basket managing to coral her 8 tiny chicks to the water (with a bit of human help)"

I despair of...

"parents who inflict their own food prejudices on their (as yet insentient) children"

27th May

I delight in...

"After 15 years, today I moved my desk from reception to a less public place – it's wonderful"

I despair of...

"I can hear the cellar ventilation when I have my window open!"

22nd July

I delight in...

"setting up a new consultancy company with my lovely, talented niece, Chloe. Good luck to us!"

I despair of...

"guests too mean to buy their host an aperitif when he is paying for their ENTIRE 2-night DB&B stays. Shame on them."

21st July

I delight in...

"Lewis Hamilton making up 17 places to finish third in the German GP - still in contention!"

I despair of...

"unsolicited emails that start, "I know you're busy," but still demand hours of my time in response"

26th June

I delight in...

"a wonderful day off, mostly spent in the garden - with the odd glass of Ca' dei Frati rose"

I despair of...

"British companies that don't grab the business offered them - it's shameful and so stupid"

23rd June

I delight in...

"Space NK's amazing discounts on Beautannia range (love Brideshead)"

I despair of...

"24-year olds who have never heard of Abu Dhabi - don't they teach geography at school?"

15th June

I delight in...

"the two very little girls out for lunch with Daddy, who were so polite and funny and sweet"

I despair of...

"the little boy who was allowed to do what he wanted including grabbing the best seat from Grandpa"

13th June

I delight in...

"another perfect supper in the garden, with JoJo & Rob, followed by stupendous Holland performance "

I despair of...

"still not having got round to sorting (& throwing out) DVDs - weather too good to be inside"

11th June

I delight in...

"the pepper-fruit fragrance of tomato plants in the greenhouse"

I despair of...

"the pleasure of eating perfect sea urchin, eel & tempura sushi when I am trying to cut out carbs"

10th June

I delight in...

"getting home early enough to enjoy an Orford-landed lobster in the garden. Bliss."

I despair of...

"guests who don't understand we need time between check-out and check-in to clean the rooms!"

4th June

I delight in...

"Staring at the drizzle and thoroughly enjoying doing nothing in Edinburgh"

I despair of...

"The idea of Scotland not being part of the UK - unthinkable"

25th May

I delight in...

"GB Shaw's quote: 'The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.'"

I despair of...

"bloody great 4 x 4s driven by people who are scared of driving"

22nd May

I delight in...

"Lesley, nice young woman at Tottenham Ikea, who saved me from having to 'carry' 8 armchairs"

I despair of...

"Ikea's crazy, convoluted, unhelpful, laborious, 3-stage collection procedure"

21st May

I delight in...

"Our two wire fox terriers looking as smart as whippets (what!?) after today's haircuts"

I despair of...

"Burgers that can only be served well done because the meat isn't home-minced"

20th May

I delight in...

"Winning a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for our Trinity restaurant. Well done Char and the team!"

I despair of...

"Chefs who think it's all about clever-clogs cooking when actually it should be all about eating"

16th May

I delight in...

"being at home with the doggies on a warm, beautiful Suffolk day"

I despair of...

"people who are proved innocent having to pay for their defence costs - not fair"

13th May

I delight in...

"the new grey-brown sisal flooring that has just been laid in room 20"

I despair of...

"companies that don't respond to an order placed – don't they want the money!"

23rd November

I delight in...

"the scent of my Laduree caramel candle on a cold, wet evening"

I despair of...

"Eddy Jordan's inability to articulate a coherent sentence OR share an umbrella fairly"

20th November

I delight in...

"having met the charming, decent, brilliant John Le Carre and his wife - he's one of my literary heroes"

I despair of...

"successive government targets that have conspired to reduce our police, hospitals and schools to deceit and inefficiency"

13th November

I delight in...

"having done the final voice overs for my C4 series. TTF it's all finished at last - only 3 months late"

I despair of...

"Homeland. Catching up on last Sunday's episode and still no Brody. TTF Dana has gone though"

2nd November

I delight in...

"a black glass vase filled with buttercup yellow, pretty pink, neon orange, fuchsia and ruddy red gerberas"

I despair of...

"a husband who can make great espresso but can only cut doorstep slices of bread"

31st October

I delight in...

"Our staff, who were magnificent throughout the 48-hour power cut"

I despair of...

"still having no power at home – cold and horrible"

10th September

I delight in...

"The flotilla of wild ducks that are populating our ponds at home"

I despair of...

"The amount of floating pellets they are getting through. I am going to start billing the noisy b****rs"