Specialists In Lockdown | Briony Harford

In our latest instalment of Specialists In Lockdown we are chatting with our fabulous auctioneer and valuer Briony Harford about how she’s getting through lockdown, with online courses, a spot of gardening and cheeky fakeaways!  

Briony Harford

How are you keeping busy in lockdown?

I am actually writing this having just cut down a tree in my garden! We have luckily had such beautiful weather that I have been able to get out there and plant my own vegetable patch, paint the fences and lay flower beds! It is also now a space that we can use to keep fit and do some workouts, so all the cake baking I am doing isn’t so detrimental!


Missing work?

For me, one of the main things I love about my job, is the personal interaction with both clients and colleagues. It is strange not seeing anyone and, after auctioneering almost every week for the last 7 years, I am certainly missing that too! I will be glad to get back to it.


Do you have a favourite self-isolation recipe you can share with us?

We have missed going out to restaurants very much, so at the beginning of lockdown I tried several ‘fakeaway’ recipes I found online and have now perfected my own Chinese sweet and sour chicken! Far less calories and tastes just as delicious. 

Marinate thinly sliced chicken breasts in 3tbsp of light soy sauce, 2 crushed garlic cloves and finely chopped spring onions, in the fridge for half an hour

Then cook in the frying pan for 5 minutes before adding 1 tbsp of dark soy sauce, 2tbsp of sugar/sweetener, 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar,  1 tsp of paprika, 1 tsp of 5 spice powder and 100ml of passata – stir 

Then add large slices of onion, pineapple and green peppers

Cook gently until chicken is cooked through, squeeze of fresh lime and serve with rice!


What is saving your sanity during lockdown?

I have been taking a Home Gemology course online during lockdown hosted by Rui Galopim de Carvalho FGA DGA. Twice a week for several hours he teaches hundreds of viewers online about gems! With two different topics each week, I have been learning about diamonds, opals, coral, emeralds, sapphires, jade, etc with video tours of some fantastic private and public collections. 


Which online exhibition/gallery viewing room or other Internet offering has caught your eye?

I have been absolutely blown away with the Google Arts and Culture App. You scan a flat surface with your iphone/ipad and the screen transforms into a 3D space. It allows you to enter over 2000 museums from all around the world. You virtually walk through their exhibitions and gallery spaces as if you were there in person.  A fantastic opportunity to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art from the comfort of your own sofa!


You can contact Briony on brionyharford@sworder.co.uk | 01279 817778






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