Writing in Nigel Nicolson's gazebo in Sissinghurst
I spent a very enjoyable day at the weekend working on a couple of new book projects in what Nigel Nicolson called his 'gazebo' at Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, now owned by the National Trust. The weather was fine and all the people who stopped by were either extremely friendly or quietly reverential ("Ooh, look, shhh, he's writing a book in there"). It's a very sturdy timber building, an exact copy of the Apollo 11 lunar module, and the spot where Nigel wrote his famous Portrait of a Marriage about his mum and dad, Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. It looks out onto a moat and fields and hills towards the horizon. It's a very pleasant spot.