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I never felt more like singing the blues. By Mary Kenny

Regulars | By Mary Kenny

Illustration by Toby Morison

Mary Kenny loved the new colour of her house – and then an informer tipped off the council…

I’ve been a resident of Deal, near Dover, for more than 25 years, but now I’m in big trouble with the authorities. Like being expelled from convent boarding school, I wonder if I will soon be asked to leave town. My offence is that I had the house painted in what I thoughtwas a lovely Matisse blue. There were two other dwellings on our street painted blue, and I took inspiration from them. Previously, our house had been a faded, dirty yellow, showing every crack and stain. Passers-by thought the blue colour looked pretty. But then someone complained to the council that it was not in keeping with regulations. Eh? Which regulations? Deal has an old part of the town – Jacobean and Georgian – known as the conservation area. But we are in an Edwardian villa, not a Jane Austen terrace. I’d been explicitly told by the estate agent...

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