I’ve just come back indoors having watered my pots before the sun hits them; I should have done it last night, but was playing a drawing game with Honey on Zoom and completely forgot! It takes a while as I’ve now got over 30 pots and the vegetable patch too, plus the bed in the front garden, but they bring me a lot of pleasure.
I’ve been delighted with my roses this year, particularly this one that the children bought me when mum died last October. It’s called Kathleen’s Rose, and her name was Kathleen Rose… It has just bloomed – at the same time as the rose bush she bought me for my birthday, so that made me smile.
I’ve also planted my Richard Jackson Giant Scented Lily bulbs – along with at least eight of my QVC colleagues – so am hoping that they start to sprout soon. We had to abort the official lily growing competition because of the delivery restrictions, but we’re all pretty competitive so watch this space! I’m rather glad we have a high hedge around the garden so that my neighbours couldn’t see me in my pyjamas! I do plan to get dressed soon, but my Cyberjammies are so comfortable I often find I’m still in them by midday! How are you coping? I do hope that the slight easing of the lockdown has meant you have been finally able to see those you’ve been missing? I’m still a little unclear on the distance we’re allowed to travel to visit close family, but I know that it would be impossible for me to ‘see’ my granddaughter Honey and not hold her, so for now we are making do with Zoom games and FaceTime calls. It was her fifth birthday on the 6th May, and I have to admit I struggled not being with her and making her cake, but Lucy set up a Zoom quiz with her little friends and Honey told me she’d had brilliant day. I think these photos say it all. 🙂 We are already planning how we are going to celebrate once this is behind us.
Thank you so much for writing to me last time, although I’m sorry to know that some of you have been struggling more than others. Not knowing when life is going to return to normal is what I think most of us find hard to accept, but a great piece of advice from Walt Whitman that my friend Miceal Murphy passed on was this: ‘Keep your face always towards the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.’ In other words, look towards the good, the positive and the happy. Focus on those things and the bad, the negative and the sad will fall back into the shadows. I’m trying to stick to this and it’s often the little things that cheer me up. Like this beautiful Lily of the Valley that has managed to bloom in the middle of a particularly huge fern, or this dear little calf I saw with its mum on one of my walks this week. 🙂
Something else that made me happy was sharing my Storytime with you. QVC are doing their level best to keep in touch with you all, and for my part, I thought it might be nice if we could connect through a good book. Jackie Kabler hosts a Book Club which is doing very well, and so I thought I’d read to you once a week on a Saturday evening. The first short story was by JoJo Moyes and last week I chose Rosamunde Pilcher. You can find these stories on my Facebook Page Alison Keenan QVC and I hope you can join me this Saturday for ‘Crocodile Shoes’ – another corker from JoJo Moyes.
I’ll be pre-recording this one as I’m actually at QVC in the kitchen from 7pm to 9pm presenting one of my favourite shows – Eat, Taste, Love! I know we’re going to be featuring H.Forman’s and I’m hoping to sample their Gin and Tonic Cured Royal Fillet of smoked salmon, but they also have fishcakes and chicken goujons on the menu too! I’m pretty certain we’ll have some pies too, and with so many brands to choose from it’ll be decision making time. I’ve just ordered The Real Pie Company 10 Piece Pasty collection as they are delicious but we also feature Toppings Pies, Wilfreds and Chunk of Devon. I’m going to be in heaven! It does though mean I’ll mean I’ll miss our Family Quiz which has become a regular feature every Saturday evening and is an absolute hoot! Colin is the quizmaster this week, and we invariably stay on chatting ages after the actual quiz is finished so I may get home in time to see them all.
On Sunday by way of a change, I have a Diamonique show at 11pm which will feature some of our latest coloured stone designs. The Design of the Month that features a simulated Alexandrite stone is stunning and under £25, and have a look at this hexagonal Vintage Style ring featuring simulated blue spinel – so classy! I’ll be with you a midnight too because we have a Today’s Special Value offer from Lola Rose (item number 251100) – a set of two beautiful bracelets in several different stone options so you choose. And from the pretty to the practical; later in the week we’ve got a three piece collection of skincare from SBC and also a chance to buy the latest Shark Duo Clean Upright Vacuum with Anti-Hair wrap technology! A great price and Easy Pays too and with you on Friday the 22nd. It’s worth having a look at our website as they’ve put together some really interesting features on everything from food to gardening and beauty.
I thought I’d leave you with something that will hopefully make you smile. Every Thursday along with the rest of the country, we clap and make a noise for all the front line workers and the NHS. Last week Colin set his drum kit up in the garden (as you do!) so we could say thank you in a slightly different way. I don’t think Phil Collins has anything to fear, although in my defence it was the first time I’d ever played the drums!
Colin, though can play any instrument and to play us out, click here and you’ll see him with (remotely) the other members of Sid Sideboard and The Chairs (yes that really is their name) playing that old David Essex hit “Going to Make you a Star”. Enjoy 🙂
Take care, stay safe, stay home and keep on moving forwards. And please do keep in touch – together we’re stronger.
With my love,