I do manage to take the occasional weekend off, usually by arranging something in advance so that I cannot then avoid getting away. Each year, I celebrate my birthday by spending a weekend with friends: it is a tradition that we gather at Wroxton College in Oxfordshire. The college is housed in a Jacobean mansion – the ancestral home of Lord North – and set in magnificent grounds. Here’s a stunning picture of part of the grounds taken by Dr Mark Shephard. I can claim some credit by suggesting he capture the scene, given that he had remembered to bring his camera with him and I, as usual, had left mine back in my briefcase.