Halfway through August already – I’m finding it hard to believe! And since we got back from Malta, apart from the cracking weather when we returned it’s been so variable I’ve not known whether to put on the heating or my bikini!
So how are you? I hope you managed to secure yourself one of the fab Vax Smart carpet washers? I was really glad I gave you a heads up on it as it sold out at 8am on Saturday unsurprisingly! I took it with me when I visited Lucy last week and it did a cracking job on her carpets too. She already had a chance to use it when she and Honey had come to stay with us, and then she and Jack very kindly put my little video together for me that I posted up on Facebook and Instagram.
It had been ages since Lucy and Jack had seen each other, and it was a real treat for me to have them together with Honey too. We gave Lucy a bit of time off and took Honey out for the afternoon and had a great time in between the rain showers! She’s learned to ride her bike without stabilisers and so we’ve been out in the park too – me puffing like an old steam engine as I run alongside her, and her pedaling like mad! It reminded me of when my three were little and one by one they all learned to ride their bikes. We made a cardboard medal for Lucy and she then handed it down to each of the boys in turn when they managed to stay upright without stabilisers… good times 🙂
Talking of good times, Colin and I had a fabulous trip down to Dorset to see Roz and Chris – the first time we’ve seen each other since the second lockdown in 2020! We had planned to get together over Christmas but then everything changed of course and so we were finally able to exchange Christmas presents too. On Thursday Colin and Chris played golf and Roz and I headed to Studland Bay for the day (pictured above). It was heaving as the schools had broken up but it was absolutely delightful. We both swam and then spent the rest of the day sitting in the sunshine – bliss.
We had time in her orchard while her hens mooched about – I had to sit with my feet up otherwise they peck at my nail varnish! They weren’t laying at the time, but I did have a double-yoked egg last week which I think is meant to be lucky! Although it had been ages since we’d been together it felt like it was just the day before – a sign of true friendship I always feel. Same thing when I met up with Claire Sutton last week, and also had a wonderful evening with Liz Earle guest Caroline Archer, and then this weekend we’ve had Mitch and Ali over for dinner (pictured below) – I feel very lucky to have so many lovely people in my life alongside my family.
In fact it’s been a very sociable couple of weeks! My sister Jenny came over and stayed with me on one of my days off and I treated her to a night out at The Theatre Royal in Windsor. Lucy had recently been there to see Hamlet starring Ian McKellen and highly recommended it and so I managed to get some last minute tickets. I’m ashamed to admit it’s the first time I’ve visited the theatre since we moved to Windsor nearly nine years ago, but it was definitely worth the wait! Sean Mathias’ take on Shakespeare’s masterpiece saw 81 year old McKellen playing 21 year old Hamlet – a role he’d mastered originally when he was in his twenties and reenacted superbly. I’d seen the play just once before in 1986 when my Dad took me to see it in Wolverhampton. I was taking my A levels at the time and reading Shakespeare and it fascinated me.
It was a cracking performance with a superb cast, but the icing on the cake for me was meeting the actress Anna Friel in the lobby as we were leaving. She wasn’t in the play, but had been watching it along with the rest of us! I know I’ve mentioned the Marcella drama series to you before in which she stars as Marcella and it was so good to actually speak with her and tell her how fabulous she is! She admitted that she too had lived in Windsor for 22 years and this was her first time to the theatre as well! We both had a laugh at that. And then last Thursday my sister’s daughter Verity came over for the day and stayed. We’ve not seen her for well over a year, and we had a great time catching up with everything. We took her out to dinner too and had a lovely meal at one of our favourite restaurants, Cote. It was yet another fabulous evening.
Alongside all the socialising I’ve been at QVC too where I met both Ophelia Dennis and Annaliese Dayes – our two new presenters. If you’ve not seen them on-air yet, do watch out for them as they’re both great, definitely just as lovely off air too. I missed seeing Pipa though but do want to mention that she has been interviewed by Will Gowing and is the guest on our 100th podcast released this Monday! 100 podcasts! Incredible and so worth listening to every one of them… I think you’ll particularly like Pipa’s story. There’s so much more to this lovely lady and her life than you might realise…
I’m working this week with QVC’s own brand Tili – Try it, love it, and will be bringing you a very clever beauty tool that targets the fine lines around the eyes and the lips for under £30! It uses LED light therapy, vibration plus hot and cold options to work on those issues. Very clever and easy to use with 89% of those who’ve trialled it saying that within seven days their skin looked less tired! Might be worth giving it a go with our 60 day money back guarantee?
There’s a fab Moda in Pelle ankle boot launching at the end of the week with 3 EZ pays, and during the week we have luxury jewellery, Julien Macdonald Home shows, Monsoon and Finery Fashion brands, and plenty more besides. So have a look through our programme guide on QVCUK.com and keep in touch with me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and I’ll let you know what’s on its way!
Thanks so much as always for keeping in touch and I very much hope that even if you’ve not had the chance to go abroad on holiday you’ve enjoyed your staycations.
With my love,