Look what I found in the BBC Radio Suffolk car park . . .
And here I am on 'the sofa' in Studio 1B (or cubicle, as it says on the webcam) . . .
There were two big stories dominating the headlines in Suffolk today, the ongoing problems of the Bascule Bridge in Lowestoft (was it now shut and the road open, or open and and the road still shut?) and a tragic accident off the coast of neighbouring county Norfolk over the weekend and subsequent search for a missing teenager. But in between serious traffic updates and interviews with the Norfolk coastguard there was time for some light-hearted chat – Michael, a prize winning Airedale Terrier, had 'personally' sent in a supply of Digestive and Custard Cream biscuits for his favourite radio presenter and her guests! And there was time for me to chat about working as an illustrator and my passion for growing heritage vegetables; and I got to advertise our village garden fete which is on Saturday and my Open Studio days in July.
I forgot to be nervous, somehow I forgot that there might be others outside the room who were listening, and I actually enjoyed the experience! Not that I want to change careers! I'm sure Lesley's mind was in top gear taking in everything on all the screens in front of her and listening to voices I couldn't hear, while staying calm and smiling throughout!
Thank you to Peter Cook for inviting me to be a 'sofa guest', and to Darren for organising a bollard with my name on it and making me a cup of tea. And thank you to Michael the Airedale Terrier for the Custard Cream biscuits!