How nervous do you think I was about speaking with Darina Allen?
Double that. Husband spent last weekend re-assuring me that we know Darina is a lovely woman. I mostly ignored him and studied every scrap of information I could find, cramming like I haven’t done since, oh let’s see, 1994 or thereabouts. I don’t know why I imagined Darina Allen would be inclined to quiz me but I was determined that I should not be found wanting.
I may apply for Mastermind now, specialist subject, ‘Ballymaloe 1964-present.’
Well, yes, he was right. He usually is.
Darina Allen couldn’t have been nicer. She was generous with her time, informative and, to be honest, downright inspiring. She reminds me of all the best teachers I ever had. The ones who truly scared the living daylights out of me, not because of any threats of punishment but because their expectations were so high.
Darina Allen’s gift is that, like all great teachers, she will make you believe you can do better.