After all the excitement of the Dannii Minogue launch, I needed to lay down in a darkened room for awhile! Well that’s not exactly what I’ve been doing during my annual leave staycation. I’ve managed to prune all my roses, sort out my wardrobe – again – and discover a fabulous new walk not far from me. I’ve also been working flat out on my book, and I think I’m on the home stretch now. I’ve become more like the key character in the story, constantly making notes on pieces of paper and in my phone. I’ve even started dictating bits when I’ve been out on my walk! I remember years ago reading all the Barbara Cartland novels when I was in my early teens and learning that she’d dictated all of them. I was such a romantic in those days, and loved the buildup and the eventual wedding that seemed to occur in every one of them.
Nowadays for entertainment I am addicted to thrillers and mysteries on the TV. Colin and I watched the heart-stopping new drama called Grace on Sunday – don’t watch it if you’re claustrophobic – but if you admire the writings of Peter James you will thoroughly enjoy it. Something else that is so clever is The Unforgotten. We are on episode four of a six parter and neither of us have a clue who did what. The writing is brilliant.
Today is my birthday. I know, because it’s popped up on my computer screen saying Alison Keenan 61st birthday today! : ) Seriously though, I’ve been spoilt rotten with beautiful cards, flowers, champagne, a stunning opal and sapphire ring from Colin, a coffee maker and hand-painted bottle light from my friend Jo (who also made me a huge chocolate cake!) an incredible curve candle from lovely Roz and Chris, walking gear from my sister and plants for the garden, and from the children, this lovely wooden framed plant propagator (pictured above) which I am thrilled with. The plan is to grow my seedlings in there and then hopefully later this year have a full size greenhouse built in the garden – well a lean-to greenhouse as I don’t think there’s room for a full sized one! My bird tables have been very heavily visited, and it was warm enough the other evening to light the fire pit – very smoky but nice just to sit outside as the sun set.
A week or so back I was able to visit Lucy and Honey in my social bubble and we went for a fabulous walk around this beautiful lake. The sun shone, the water was calm and we really enjoyed getting out there and drinking in the scenery. I hope you like the photos.
Honey will be six on May 6th and is so grown up now. She can read beautifully and her writing is excellent too. Such a clever little girl and so grown up… and yes time moves on so quickly. I know having read the comments from many of you that it has been a much longer time since you saw your loved ones and grandchildren. I very much hope that everything will change and soon. In the meantime try to stay strong and keep looking forwards. It’s all any of us can do.
Although I’ve been away from work I’ve still been buying things! Latest purchase was the Periea Compression Storage bags. I bought their storage boxes, but still have too many clothes filling my wardrobe that I don’t want to throw away, but I need to store. The bags are brilliant and because they’re smaller they are lighter and easy to manoeuvre. And you do get six of them! I’ve also ordered a Monsoon dress and on Thursday 18th March, there’s an hour of Monsoon with Kathy Tayler who we’re delighted to see back at work.
I’ll be back with you on the 20th March for Jewellery Day, and there’s to be another stunning TSV from Lola Rose. This time it’s a Double Strand Heart Necklace available in 3 interest-free instalments, and I’ll have an hour with lovely Niki Gewirtz at 8pm and then at 10pm Diamonique with Michelle Mone, finishing the day with an incredible collection of Luxury Jewellery at 11pm. Diamond and jewellery expert Laurie Wickwire will be with me for that. I do enjoy her extensive knowledge of the stones and settings and we share our love of beautiful things!
Before I go though, I did want to mention our resident beauty expert Ali Young, as you may not be aware that she has written a book “The Beauty Insider”. This hardback has been published by Penguin and is to be available from 3rd June but available on pre-order now. The quote from the Daily Mail on the front describes Ali as “The Most Powerful Woman in British Beauty”! What an accolade and so very well deserved! Any and all questions you wanted an answer to will be in this book, and it’s already a number one bestseller. Every success to her : )
That’s it for me, for now, and thanks again for your lovely comments on the previous blog. I do hope your find time to write to me when you have a moment and I will of course get back to you.