The weather can’t seem to make its mind up this morning – it looks almost as though it could snow! Mind you I’ve not been outside yet and the odds are it’s too warm for that, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed! My son Sam is flying out on a six week trip abroad. He’s staying in Abu Dhabi, Thailand and trekking across Malaysia too! It would be a nightmare for him and anyone else flying out of Heathrow today to be grounded by snow. Of course last year we had that mighty amount of snow in April, so it may be holding back until spring, although judging by the huge numbers of daffodils in bloom along one of the major A roads near to me, it may have already sprung!!
Thanks so much as always for getting in touch with me. It’s always good to catch up and your kind words of support have really cheered me through some of the longer days… Hard to believe it’s over three months since we lost mum, but life goes on, and both my sister Jenny and I feel we’re coping better with the changes that inevitably come about when you lose someone. Mum’s partner Joe is doing well too, and for him, his loss of short-term memory has been a positive thing as he finds comfort in looking back at how life used to be and genuinely doesn’t remember what has happened over the last year. I went to stay with Jenny last week, and we took him out for a coffee. It was lovely to have time together and he really appreciated the company.
Having taken him back home, Jenny and I headed into Winchester for a mooch and some lunch. The last time I’d been there was when mum was first in hospital, and Jack and I had a pizza there after we’d visited her. I hadn’t spent time in the city though since the 1990’s when Jack was in a pushchair! I was really impressed by the Cathedral. It’s one of the largest cathedrals in Europe and construction began in 1079 on the orders of William the Conqueror. Built close by is the Old Minster – a Benedictine monastery that was the home of St. Swithun – incredible how all these buildings still look as good today as they did no doubt when first built!
I’d learned great deal about Winchester having read a beautiful book called ‘A Single Thread’ by Tracy Chevalier. I say ‘read’ I should have said ‘listened to’. I’m a huge fan of Audible Audio Books, and Fenella Woolgar (one of the sisters in Call the Midwife) reads it so well! Jenny had listened to it too, and it was really interesting bringing to life the places Tracy had described so perfectly.
Equally interesting and far more energetic was an evening I spent with a great many of the QVC guest presenters and the backstage staff! A couple of them had booked out a bar in London, and I danced for at least four hours that evening. Was really miffed that I hadn’t remembered to wear my Fitbit as I think I must’ve done at least 60,000 steps!￼. Did you get the Fitbit Today’s Special Value last Saturday? I really enjoy using mine – not least for the sleep app which is particularly accurate, but also the steps. I have to admit to only having had three hours and 13 minutes sleep after the party, but it was such fun that I was on a high for at least the following 12 hours.
Good job too because that night I had the Diamonique regular show and we had some stunning new designs and a set of single stud earrings at a great price. I know I always bang on about the value and the fact you can’t tell them apart from the real thing, but honestly, looking in a jewellers window on the high street in Winchester I saw these diamond earrings… the largest pair were £7200! As a bit of a treat, Charlie Brook will be joining me this Tuesday night with his fabulous Diamonique ‘Wish Upon A Star’ pendant. The story behind the design is absolutely beautiful, and it will be great to have him with me to share that.
I’ve started gathering together a few things for my holiday, and top of the list is Ultrasun! This year I’m going to try out the Body Tan Activator and the Face Tan Activator – Julia said she had great results from it so I’m going to give it a go. I’ve been prepping my skin with Gatineau’s Tan Accelerator as its not seen any sunlight since the beginning of September last year and it’s always worked very well for me in the past. I’ll need to get my summer clothes out of the Spacesaver Bags too. It’s a great way to keep them out of the way, and as I washed them all before I put them away they still smell fresh because of the airlock. Talking of clothes, Kim and Co have a Today’s Special Value coming up the day before I go away. It’s a long-sleeved godet insert tunic in a myriad of different colours and prints, so if you keep in touch with me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter I can give you the price and item number a little nearer the time. 😀
That’s pretty much it for me for now, I will take as many photos as I can while I’m on holiday and then put them together in a blog for you when I return, but do write to me here as I’ll have plenty of time to respond. Oh, just thought you might like to see these mighty sausage rolls I made for Colin the other day.
I used his favourite sausages – Lincolnshire – but took the sausage meat out of the skins before I put it inside the pastry. I was quite chuffed, and also very glad of the Cooks Essentials silicone liner as my baking trays have definitely seen better days!
I hope you enjoy the remainder of January, and that February is a good month for you too. Thanks as always for your support and for keeping in touch with me.
With my love,