So, as we gallop towards the end of ‘Flaming’ June, I’ll admit to feeling just a little disappointed with the weather. Granted, we’ve had a fair few warmer days, just not a huge amount of sunshine!
I’ve managed pretty well with my Ultrasun Tan Activator when the sun has made an appearance though, and with a combination of Gatineau’s Tan Accelerator and Golden Glow Faux Tan, I’ve been told I look as though I’ve been away somewhere hot, so all is well in my world. Let’s hope July will be better.
How are you? I know from reading your comments on the previous blog you’ve also had to cancel holiday plans or re-jig events to fit in with the ongoing Covid situation. But I also know some of you have finally been able to make things happen, move home and organise holidays, which is great to hear about.
It seems we could have made it to Gozo after all, as both Colin and I have had two jabs, but I’m not so sure it’s wise to travel at the moment with everything changing in Australia etc. Colin and I are hoping for a family get-together to celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary last weekend, but we’ve held off until the weather turns.
We did however, stay away at a beautiful country house hotel in Surrey overnight, and enjoyed a fabulous evening meal in their wood-paneled dining room. It’s the same hotel Colin took me to all those years ago when we first started dating, and it was just as lovely.
I finally got the opportunity to wear this Phase Eight jumpsuit that I’d originally bought for my 60th birthday party last year, which up until now I hadn’t had the chance to wear! It was so nice just to escape the world for a while and spend some quiet time together, and the food was delicious!
Back at the Q
Talking of anniversaries, on Wednesday we have an OPI six-piece Anniversary Nail Envy Collection that includes their award-winning Strengthener, and it’s on Auto Delivery too! I’ve had massive success with this and also Margaret Dabbs Nail and Cuticle Serum. Using them together, I’ve finally managed to cultivate finger nails of a fairly decent length. As you know, it was a real bugbear of mine, particularly when I was presenting Jewellery shows, but we are taking a small break from the Diamonique on a Tuesday evening, so that won’t be back with me now until the 20th of July.
Did you see last week’s show? It was the first of our special programs involving a customer, and I was delighted to have Vanessa Hart join me for the full hour. She was absolutely brilliant and she had such great stories to tell, as well as being excellent when showing the jewellery we’d sent her to try on. I do hope you might feel like joining me on one of these evenings. All you need to do is email us at Your-Stories@qvc.com and include your telephone and we’ll get in touch. It’d be great to meet you, albeit virtually.
The last time I wrote I was just days away from bringing you Davina McCall’s Indoor Workout, and we had a great midnight hour with her, exercising on all kinds of fitness equipment that falls within her range.
She is just as delightful off-camera as she is on, and I’m hoping we get the chance to work together again very soon. Staying with fitness though, if getting on the floor to exercise or sitting on a bike isn’t your thing, you may be interested to hear about the Gymform Slim Fold Home Treadmill, which is coming as a Today’s Special Value offer on Friday the 2nd July at 9pm.
We’ve had one set up in our presenter lounge this last week, and I’ve had a go on it and I was really impressed. You can walk, jog or run on it, and it tots up all the calories burned as well as offering you a variety of programs to work through. It’s on 3EZ and has a 60-day money-back guarantee, so you’ll be able to trial it yourself!
Home and Garden
I’ve not had much chance to walk locally, as the crops are almost up to my shoulders now and the path is really narrow. No good if you’re a hay fever sufferer, or if you don’t like the bugs which I don’t, but I’ve been kept busy in the garden, and I recently planted out this hedge of Photinia.
I gave them all Richard Jackson’s Root Boost as well as watering them in with his Flower Power, so watch this space! I also managed to capture this fabulous moonscape the other night when it was unusually clear – quite spectacular I thought.
I had a wonderful day with Honey at Legoland the other week. The sun shone and the rain held off and we had a lot of fun on all the rides and sideshows. She stayed overnight with us before Lucy collected her the next day, and we’re already planning the next sleepover. We’ve seen a fair bit more of Joe and Hayley, Rhys and dear little Corey. He’s really growing fast and has the most beautiful smile!
Well, I finished listening to Jackie Kabler’s new novel, The Happy Family, and I was once again very impressed with her writing! So many twists and turns and it was full of suspense, all of which keeps the storyline moving – I think you’d love it! I’d talked to her about the characters and how she chooses their names, and she didn’t let on to me that the baddie is called Alison! But, no, I wasn’t remotely offended!
I’ve now started listening to Ruth Jones’s second novel, Us Three, which she narrates. I really enjoyed her first, The Grass Is Greener, and her characters are very well drawn. I’ll let you know how that turns out. Same story re my own book, which is being sent out to the publishers next week. My literary agent has drawn up the submissions letter, so we’ll have to wait and see if they like it – fingers crossed!
That’s pretty much all my news for now. I’ll be away from work for the next couple of weeks or more, using up my annual leave. I’ll keep in touch here on the blog and also on my social media – Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – but do email me as it would be lovely to consider you as part of the Diamonique family. Let me know how you are, what you’re buying, reading and enjoying and I’ll write back.
With my love,