Lucy Young, author of six cookery books (specialising in Aga cooking), chooses her favourite sites.

Lucy Young, author of six cookery books, specialises in Aga cooking. She is known for foolproof, simple, stylish and delicious recipes for the home cook. Lucy's latest book is Cook Up A Feast (Dorling Kindersley) co-written with Mary Berry. Lucy has been working side by side with Mary for twenty-two years and has appeared on TV, radio and gives cookery demonstrations. Lucy likes to support British, local and small rather than large businesses and imported shopping sites. To keep up with Lucy's news, visit her fan page on Facebook.


Lady Aga - Aga fan, Aga lover, Aga demonstrator and in fact, I think I am a bit of an Aga stalker.... if a house has an Aga I am peering through the window. Lady Aga writes a wonderful blog about her life with her Aga friends, depicting stories with humour and keeping us up to date with events and gossip, a good read to make you smile.

Royal Horticultural Society - I adore gardens, the flower show season is an inspiration, particularly The Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court. The RHS's website is full of ideas and expertise, I like a website I have faith in and the RHS is the ultimate hand holding gardener's dream. I am simply not a good enough gardener to have the confidence to tackle plants head on ... this website tells you what you should be doing, when and how.

Isle of Wight Campers - I enjoy a day dream and this website is the ultimate in escapism. Last Easter, my husband and I hired Milo, the most adorable peppermint green 1960s camper van. We drove around the island for four days, camping for three nights by the sea, on the cliffs and in a pine forest, the weather was perfect - 30 degrees and blue skies; it was simply magical. This is the site I retreat to knowing we will repeat our wonderful holiday; the hosts were so welcoming and packed us off with a hamper of goodies including the most delicious Victoria Sandwich to send us on our way.

Lakeland - Being a cook it is important to have a cookware website where you can buy everything you ever need that can be delivered quickly – cake tins, cooking utensils etc. A family company that thinks of the customers first, researches and tests the products to ensure they are good quality and long lasting.

The Country Wife - I love anything country and anything recycled even better! This site is an online country classifieds directory. It is a free service which promotes local rural trades and hobbies and is the place to go whether you are selling a church pew, a chicken or want to buy an old hay rack or a cat basket. I regularly check the site to find out what is new.

Bliss and Bloom - I adore housey shopping sites, and will happily trawl through them for hours. Prettily designed, this site is regularly updated showing new items in stock, those which I love, I add to my wish list so I can buy them later. The products are French inspired bits and bobs or bigger items for the home or garden.

13 November 2012