If I wasn’t a lawyer I’d be a missionary in Africa. I spent some time in several African countries as a student and it was an option I considered.
If I could travel in time I’d visit the Swinging Sixties. The music, the fashion, the new ideas – everything about it fascinates me.
I would never want to change the down-to-earth attitude of Yorkshire people, but I would like to change the weather. I’d love it to be as good every summer as it just has been. I spend a lot of time in the countryside and good weather makes it so much more enjoyable.
I can’t live without a good night’s sleep. I need at least seven hours a night. Nine would be lovely but it never happens.
If I had a spare £1 million, I would pay all my children’s school fees upfront and treat my husband to an Aston Martin. I would give the rest away to good causes.
There are lots of lovely country pubs near where I live in North Yorkshire but my favourites are The Square and Compass at North Rigton, and The Angel Inn, Hetton. I always try and eat fish when I go out for dinner as we keep livestock at home so I’m constantly eating lamb and turkey. It’s nice to have a change.
Drivers who don’t say thank you when you give way make me mad. My children at 6.45am on a school morning give me a similar feeling.
My four sons are my biggest achievement. They make me very proud.
The last text I sent was to my 17-year-old son on Saturday night. It read, ‘Will you need a lift or can I go to bed?’ Inevitably he needed a lift.
My tipple of choice is my husband’s homemade blackcurrant gin. It’s delicious.
My last holiday was two weeks camping in France with my family. In-between riding water slides, canoeing and tackling aerial adventure courses we visited historic chateaux and wine caves to sample some of the local wine. There wasn’t much relaxation involved but I like busy holidays. You can’t just sit on a sun lounger for two weeks when you have four sons.
In ten years’ time I’d still like to be content in my job but I’d like to go ski-ing more often than I do now. I’d also like to try my hand at scuba diving, preferably somewhere hot with lots of exotic fish and reefs to explore.
My perfect day off would be spent in a sunny Upper Wharfedale with my hiking boots, a packed lunch and my husband (so I don’t get lost).
My most treasured possession is my engagement ring. As for something intangible, it’s my Christian faith.
If I owned a racehorse I’d have to call it Blacks Beauty. I’m not into horse racing, but I think the equestrian law experts at Blacks would think that had quite a ring to it.
My best fancy dress costume is a headless horseman costume my mother made for me for a fancy dress competition when I was about 11. It was made out of a cardboard box and lots of brown material. It was very hot inside and it made it quite difficult to ride the horse. I didn’t win but I kept it for years.
My favourite film is The Graduate. I love the soundtrack by Simon & Garfunkel, but I’m nothing like the Mrs Robinson in the film.
My biggest indulgence is crisps. Any brand, any flavour.
My definition of luxury is an hour all to myself.