Former Lives

Vegetable garden, Shill House Oxfordshire

Editor, The Times’ Weekend, the award-winning leisure section (covering books,

tv, travel, gardens, shopping, antiques, fashion, food) for six years

The Times columnist on country matters, provincial life and occasional Thunderer

Chocolate columnist for The Times.

Founder and editor of the Daily Express’ first colour magazine, dx

Gap Year Bush teacher Down Under.  Toured Java in the presidential train

Chief electrician on a container ship



Little Jane with watering can at Datchet

Travel bug bit early when Jane’s parents packed the family’s Triumph Herald with
two children and a nanny and drove through France and over the Pyrenees for
holidays in Spain, Italy and Switzerland. When Jane and her brother were adolescent their mother took them on a camping tour of America from Niagara to New Orleans where they bedded down with the alligators in the Everglades. Later she travelled overland to India, via Afghanistan, on public transport (and one camel).
More recently she caught dengue fever in Vietnam.