“It's great having a boyfriend through the cold months, but by the time spring rolls round I'm nearly always fed up of them, so break things off.
“There's nothing better than being single in summer - long balmy evenings are perfect for casual fun and flings." Burton isn’t alone in her seasonal cravings.
‘That’s my husband’s grandmother Nancy Astor – the first woman MP,’ she says helpfully as we examine one portrait.
Another, painted by Lady Astor’s mother, is of Nicholas Mosley, the Booker-nominated novelist and son of Sir Oswald.
The striped curtains, kelim rug, lamps and side tables – all are signature pieces available to anyone who wishes to buy a slice of the elegantly bohemian brand she has created.
Cast your eyes around the walls, however, and your gaze falls upon something no one can replicate – an art collection harnessing some of the most notable names of the 20th century.
However, come summer, said singletons are ready to abandon their adult sleepover buddy for a season of lust, not love.
This pattern is more than a simple by-product of fickle millennial dating culture, it’s a common trend that's been labelled “Seasonal Dating Disorder” (SDD).Most other prominent figures, after the strip's early years, stopped appearing directly in-frame, and were represented solely by their dialogue emerging from outside the frame, or from a television or a building shown from the outside (especially the White House).The small number of exceptions to this rule are below.Elsewhere, there are etchings by celebrated painters Walter Sickert, Stanley Spencer and Augustus John – all one-time family friends.Annabel Astor has always been dauntingly well-connected, and now, via the marriage of the eldest of her three daughters, she is mother-in-law to the Prime Minister.Most of these characters have interacted with each other at various times, and with only a few exceptions their individual histories have been maintained consistently throughout the strip's existence, even when a character may disappear from the strip for years at a time. Numerous real-world figures, especially from politics, have appeared in the strip.