There’s something special about being given a dress once owned and worn by a woman you admire. Here’s a hand-me-down 80s vintage number. Sans labels, it was bestowed on me by a hard-working, farmer’s wife from Tunstall, Kirby Lonsdale, Cumbria, England. The centre of this tiny village’s life, she defines all that is great about the Women’s Institute. Every Christmas hundreds of hanging cards sent from friends obscure the giant oak beams in her farmhouse. A hard-working B&B owner, family is the centrepoint of her life and I learned much from her.