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We live in a two-bedroom house so as soon as James (2) starts calling ‘Mummy, Mummy’, around seven every morning, he wakes everyone up. Being his mother I like to be the first to greet him, so up I get. I take him downstairs and start getting breakfast ready. Before long the other kids – Heather (almost 17), Mary (10) and Stella (8) – are also down. If Paul is recording or we are touring I try to make sure he’s not disturbed. But if he isn’t working he gets up at the same time and joins the kids at breakfast. He’s an excellent father, very involved and protective towards them. It seems mad to have moved from a large house in London to a small place on the South Coast, but it’s so much cosier. Paul and I are in the kind of business where we can be totally detached from our kids and hardly see them grow up. If you have enough money to live in a big house, one kid could be up in the attic and another could be in the west wing and you’d hardly see them. The kids travel everywhere with us. When touring abroad we usually rent a house and make it our base so we can return to the kids each night. We’re all vegetarian, so breakfast is eggs laid by our own hens, home-grown tomatoes fried, vegetarian sausages, cereals and wholewheat bread. During the bread strike Paul baked the most beautiful bread! Quite often Paul comes with me when I drive the girls to school. Mary and Stella go to a local primary school and Heather attends a nearby art school. I drive a Mini because being American I’m used to wide roads, so with a small car I’ve no fear about scraping it. I buy most of the kids’ clothes at Mothercare. I look at their catalogue or go into the shop and pick out things that are made from natural fibres. I myself feel most comfortable in jeans and T-shirt. I don’t really spend that much – even though Paul pays all the bills! Because we live locally I’m regarded as just another mother who takes her children to school and has a house to keep. I try to keep my life close to what it was before we married. Because we have a big breakfast and a big dinner about six we don’t have lunch. So about that time I’m doing jobs around the house. Paul never helps me. He likes tidiness but is not too tidy himself! If I’m working or going out I have a woman in to do the cleaning. But I always do the cooking because I enjoy it. I cook for six every day. For dinner I make things like quiche Lorraine – without bacon – aubergines, spaghetti, salads and Paul’s favourites which are pea soup or cream of tomato soup made from home-grown tomatoes and onions. I also make coffee milkshakes which I love. I’m a real baby that way! If I’m lucky during the day I go for a ride on my stallion called Lucky Spot. He’s got a lovely temperament. Horse riding is a marvellous form of exercise, both physically and spiritually. One interest we share closely is football. We rarely get to see matches but we always watch it on television. Paul is a great Liverpool fan, so we support Liverpool. Because we live in the country we don’t socialize that much. We think that’s also partly because we’re too lazy. There’s so much I’d like to do, especially in the photographic field, but I hate to leave the life I lead in the country unless I absolutely have to. I get various offers to take photographs, and sometimes might find one particularly attractive. But when it come down to it I just can’t bring myself to leave the kids and go to take pictures. So I stay at home and take pictures of them instead. Most of our evenings are spent in front of the television. watch Dallas, Top of the Pops, Old Grey Whistle Test and some quiz shows. Before I turn in for the night I always go to the kid’s bedroom and give them each a kiss. Trouble is, James often wakes up and doesn’t want to go back to sleep.
Last updated on September 1, 2020