Right, so we've waved Justine off across to the Flower Show and there's Daisy Goodwin ready and waiting to sink into the now nicely warm and comfy sofa behind the increasingly messy and cluttered table, there's knitting happening all over the place and it's beginning to feel like home.
The Tea Boys are doing a grand job, back and forth with WI-sized teapots; trays of cups and saucers for washing return miraculously clean and dry ready for a re-fill (I didn't wash a single cup all weekend!) and I have donned my props well-concealed beneath my scarf for my conversation with Daisy. So all I need to do is wait for the talk of My Last Duchess to stray around to character and then to Mrs Cash and her lightbulb dress and 'ping' I can go for it...
I think it's safe to say there was much hilarity at the switching on of my Blackpool illuminations, not least from Daisy who may have suddenly felt the urge to be back in London doing sensible interviews, but I quickly handed the lights over to our guest who gamely sported them for the rest of her talk and risked the 3 volts.
But we didn't just talk about My Last Duchess or the fact that Port Eliot had also benefited from the wealth of an American heiress, because Daisy is a TV producer and editor who has worked on some of our most popular programmes and we wanted the dirt inside info.
Bookhound will always watch old episodes of Grand Designs for tips on his How to Build an Extensionto Your Home project and, despite living there we have even been known to watch Escape to the Country. I did confess to Daisy that it usually makes us smile and we say 'wait until you get here' to all those with stars in their eyes about the rural life. We want to talk spring water leaks and bore holes and septic tanks with them, and tell them about the cows taking out the electricity for four days, and we shout 'Don't Buy That' at the screen, but we do enjoy it.
Daisy was also the producer for the very first series of The Apprentice but we took a vow of secrecy so I'm afraid I can't possibly impart the information about how they tell both finalists they've won to get a genuine reaction and then say actually you haven't won at all and we won't know who's won for ages yet...nor can I tell you which tycoons Daisy interviewed as prospective candidates to head up the series and which one was unintelligible, and then having plumped for Lord Sugar guess what ....no I can't possibly tell you any more about that either...sorry, we took the pledge.
We had a good gallop through our thoughts on book prizes and in particular the Orange Prize which Daisy chaired in 2010. There was controversy when she said at the time that much of the women's fiction seemed intent on courting the gritty issues of the moment and that she had started to feel like a social worker, and we had a great debate about women and publishing and the romantic novel, the Booker and we may have sorted world peace had we had enough time.
Daisy's book choices for us were eclectic and wide-ranging from anything by Wilkie Collins and E.F.Benson's Mapp and Lucia books to the The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford and The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett to Gillespie and I by Jane Harris and King of the Badgers by Philip Hensher.
Daisy Goodwin is also a knitter and a quilter so I think she felt quite at home in our abode and my thanks to her for stopping by the dovegreyreader tent and for wearing those lights.