I was once asked by a generous client, who was providing me with food for the duration of my sit, if there was anything I didn’t eat. To which I replied, `Tripe!’ She looked a little offended until I explained I wasn’t being offensive just expressing a dislike for that particular awful offal!

I am very fortunate to have many clients who leave provisions for me and who are happy for me to riffle through their store cupboards. Although I did sit for a couple who I’m sure used to count the tea-bags after my stays in case I’d been entertaining visitors!