Guardian and Observer charity appeal | Broad beans | Vinotherapy | Moscow, Cumbria | Sack José
On behalf of your readers, I would like to thank all of you who gave up their Saturday to answer the phone for your charity appeal (£40,000 boost on one day from telethon, 17 December). Your paper is what has kept me sane this year, and the privilege of speaking to one of your journalists was something I would not have missed.
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
• How delightful to read about Mark Cocker planting broad beans in his dark black soil (Country Diary, 18 December). Only he could make this activity so interesting and educational. He might like to know that my broad beans “Aquadulce”, planted several weeks ago, are now flourishing and around four inches tall in my vegetable patch some 20 miles further south in Norfolk.
Old Buckenham, Norfolk