Well, it’s been just over a week since I returned to work and it feels like I’ve never been away – but for all the right reasons 🙂 I was glad to be able to get my nails manicured professionally and I’ve finally had my hair sorted! I realise I’m way behind the majority of my colleagues, who’d clearly planned ahead of time and booked in for the 4th July when we were legally allowed to! But, as my Nanny Timms would have said, ‘all good things come to those who wait’, an adage I am in complete agreement with.
It took a fair bit of time for the colour to take, as I’ve not had this much root growth in years, but I’m more than happy with my much shorter choppy look and thrilled with the highlights too. Also very grateful to Jo at my hairdressers in Windsor for squeezing me in for a late appointment!
It had been four months and 10 days since I’d last seen her, and although I’d taken the scissors to it twice, I was running out of ideas. I was quite chuffed though when she told me that I’d managed to maintain the condition and the colour very well considering. I told her I’d been using Philip Kingsley’s Elastisizer and more recently their new product Elasti-Styler that you apply to the ends of your hair before blow drying. It’s item number 241006 and really helps to strengthen and condition the hair. Jo set her salon up over 11 years ago, and for her, like so many other business owners, the last four months have been very difficult, so I was delighted to know that she’s been fully booked since the 4th July.
I have to admit to laughing out loud at some of the comments you’ve written here on the blog about your hair disasters. They reminded me of a hilarious Billy Connolly sketch where he’s talking about buying a razor for his beard and coming home late from the pub one night and using it on his hair… straight through the middle of his parting! 🙂 I hope if you’ve not had a chance to see your stylist yet, you won’t have to wait much longer.
Since I last wrote, the sun seems to have deserted us, but I’ve been outdoors anyway working on my latest DIY project. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you will have seen my first foray into the world of sanders and dremels! We bought a wooden garden bench some years back and it had become more than a little weathered, so I decided to give it a bit of a makeover.
I tell you what, this sanding lark is not for the faint-hearted!
It took me about a day to completely remove all the old varnish and stain, but I was very pleased with the way it looked once I’d finished it off with the creocote.
The next job I decided on was to re-vamp the teak chairs that we inherited when we bought the house seven years ago and haven’t been touched since.
They’ve come up a treat and have inspired me to make it a hat trick and sort the table out as well. I’ll post a photo of that too once I’ve finished it. 🙂
I had a lovely walk with Kathy Tayler just before I came back to work, and we spotted these beautiful poppies. It was pure fluke, as I know they flower for just a short while and as we had torrential rain later that day, I’m pretty certain they would have lost their gorgeous scarlet heads.
Talking of rain, although I had vowed I wouldn’t get bogged down with the weather, I had a wonderful day with my daughter Lucy and granddaughter Honey in spite of the dampness! It was so good to see them both again, and Lucy had packed a fabulous picnic, we headed to Old Town Gardens in Swindon. Such a beautiful place, opened in 1894, and boasts an aviary, a covered bandstand, a rose garden and a sunken garden too! Luckily the rain had stopped by the time we arrived, and we found a dry bench under a huge beech tree so we could sit and eat our lunch. We also found this fabulous statue of Peter Pan.
It’s been there since World War One, although it was stolen in 2004, returned to the gardens, but then beheaded in 2011! Mercifully, it was recovered and restored but is now in storage for safekeeping, so this one is a fiberglass replica. Honey did a good job of striking a pose, I thought. We headed into town to get some paint on our way home, and I bought a little flamingo for Honey. Unfortunately, the paint pot fell off the trolley along with Honey’s new best friend resulting in this disaster! Honey was inconsolable… until I discovered six more identical flamingos on a shelf and so she chose a new one. I was relieved although somewhat guilty that it wasn’t us who had to clear the mess up!
We had some wonderful news from Australia, when my niece Claire wrote to say that she is expecting a baby on the 17th December! My brother Peter and his wife Sarah are over the moon! Claire and her husband Cale lived here in the UK for two years, only just managing to get back to Sydney before lockdown. I miss them very much but am delighted for my brother and know how much he is going to enjoy being a granddad. 🙂
I hope you’ll enjoy some of the special things we have lined up for you at QVC, not least the Liz Earle Today’s Special Value on Sunday. It’s on pre-sell prior to that (242633) and it includes a host of your favourite products: Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Instant Boost Skin Tonic, plus the recently launched Brightening Botanical Drops and the new generation Skin Repair moisturiser. There will also be an Auto Delivery option too, so you can receive the entire collection again in 60 days time at the SAME price! I’ll be with you on Monday wearing a fabulous new leather loafer from Vionic (185570). It comes in four colours – Black, Navy, Wheat and Grey – incredibly comfortable with a suede upper, yet eminently stylish. Great with jeans, skirts, dresses or shorts. I think you’re going to be impressed!
Take care, stay safe, and I hope you can join me on Saturday when I will be reading the first part of a two-part story on Instagram and Facebook at 7.30pm. Do keep in touch. I’ll look forward to hearing from you whenever you have a moment.
With my love,