Third Degree

221111 Jill Pattle and Martha Flynn at town and county antiques.
221111 Jill Pattle and Martha Flynn at town and county antiques.

Jill Pattle (owner of ‘‘Far From the Madding Crowd’’ on Linilthgow High Street

1. What is your favourite book of all time?

Far From the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy, plus most of his other work.

2. What advice would you give to a would-be writer?

Take a pencil and smallish notebook with you everywhere you go, ever ready for thoughts and ideas.

3. Where is the furthest you have travelled?

The Whitsunday Islands, Australia, where we swam the Great Barrier Reef, having flown there in a seaplane.

4. What is your signature dish?

Boeuf Bourguignon made with delicious melt in the mouth beef from Anderson’s Butchers.

5. And your favourite tipple?

A good Cabernet Sauvignon, or, depending on the time of day, a really strong mug of tea.

6. What is one of your pet peeves?

Packaging, and the way the internet and technology now governs my business.

7. What makes you happy?

Walking our ancient beagle, with my husband and family, at Beecraigs or Blackness.

8. What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up?

I wonder what Tweet of the Day will be. It’s at 5.58am on Radio 4.

9. Tell us something people don’t know about you?

I’m a closet ‘Good Life’ fan, with hens in the back garden, and a crop of peas, beans, potatoes, and blackberries.

10. What would you like to see added to Linlithgow?

A discreet roof on the Palace, and beavers in the Loch.