Lana Durovic and Ken Garland

On a chilly afternoon, I head from Borough Market to the private view of the exhibition of my friend, Lana Durovic, in Southwark Cathedral.

Catching up with old friends and colleagues, and the chance to chat, the photographs did not immediately take centre stage. But having helped the charismatic and utterly charming design luminary, Ken Garland, to tea and cake, I was invited to sit with him to discuss and discuss them.

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Gardenstown and Duff House

It’s time for our annual pilgrimage to Gardenstown, Banff, Duff House and Huntley. My old schoolfriend is in the midst of one of her many adventures. Three years ago, they rented out their Islington flat and headed North to a new life – to turn a crumbling old wreck near Huntley into a family home. With a six week baby, a steep Gardenstown harbour cottage to live in, and a building site with weeds higher than the ruins upon it, people thought they were mad.

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