I’m going to start this blog with a big thank you: so lovely to hear from you with your supportive comments and shared experiences. Nothing better or more of a leveller than realising I’m not remotely alone when it comes to feeling a bit overwhelmed, but it was really helpful learning how you’ve found ways to deal with it as I know I will.
I’ve had some fabulous walks over this last week, and it’s staggering the difference the warmer weather and sunshine have made to the countryside. The fields I walk alongside were sewn with crops a month ago and already the wheat is knee-high! It’s been a fabulous year for blossom too – look at the hawthorn here and the bluebells I visited near Guildford the other day. These are the original British bluebells, not the Dutch ones we see so many of, and the blue is closer to the beautiful gemstone AAAA Tanzanite! Such a subtle scent too.
I feel very lucky to live so close to so much open space as walking has always been my way of escaping the world for a bit and relaxing too. Of course, it also gives me a chance to listen to my audiobooks, and the latest one I’ve just finished was magnificent. Read by the award-winning Irish actor Niall Buggy whose dulcet tones brought Maurice’s world to life. “When All is Said” by Anne Griffin is the most beautiful story of one man’s lifetime, all those he has loved, and all those he has lost. I would highly recommend it, and I enjoyed it so much I’ve just downloaded Anne’s second novel “ Listening Still”. What are you reading/listening to at the moment? I love a recommendation 🙂
Let’s talk TV
I must also mention the ITV series Julia which is a brilliant portrayal of the first TV chef Julia Child and stars Sarah Lancashire who has captured the very essence of this remarkable woman brilliantly. We watched the first three episodes back-to-back – engaging, entertaining and a real insight into how the world of TV works behind the scenes. Mercifully we’ve come a long way since then!
I’m also enjoying All Creatures Great and Small – the newer remake of James Herriott’s bestselling book It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet. Funny to think I worked for the publisher, Michael Joseph, when it was marketed and was lucky enough to meet the author – a lovely man.
I’m very excited to be going back to the Harold Pinter Theatre this week to see the incredible actor Jodie Comer in Prima Facia – a one-woman play about a barrister. She’s received standing ovations every night and it’s only a short run so I’ll let you know what I thought of it. Another female actor I think is fabulous is Ruth Wilson, and I saw her at the same theatre last month in “The Human Voice” – a play by Jean Cocteau. Ruth was outstanding but I can’t honestly say I enjoyed it that much as I felt there was too much missing within the backstory. I wanted to know more about the character and her backstory, so for me, it was more like watching an acting masterclass with Ms Wilson, who was superb.
A trip to the theatre
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you will have seen my photos from last week’s theatre visit to see Frozen in the West End with my beautiful granddaughter Honey. We travelled by train – well three trains there and three back – had lunch in Covent Garden, and thoroughly enjoyed the musical, which was epic!
Lucy was happy for me to share these pictures and suffice to say we just had the best time. She stayed with Colin and I for two nights and was such great company and I’m looking forward to seeing her next week when she celebrates her 7th birthday! Can you believe it? I remember the day she was born as if it was yesterday – she has brought so much joy into our lives, and I cherish our relationship.
May is another busy month for birthdays with my sister’s partner Linda’s on the 4th, Honey on the 6th, my niece Verity on the 17th, my goddaughter Phoebe on the 20th, my stepson’s partner Hayley’s on the 26th, Colin’s 60th on the 30th and Sam’s girlfriend Elise on the 31st! So, there will be a fair few celebrations on the horizon for the family to look forward to – maybe a BBQ if the weather gets a little warmer! And of course, there’s the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to celebrate too – are you having a street party?
Let’s talk TSVs
I had a lovely hour with Simon Wilson and his incredible collection of Butler & Wilson jewellery on Tuesday at QVC. Not sure if you saw the show but he’d designed four new pieces of jewellery to commemorate our Majesty’s 70 years on the throne and they pretty much all sold out!
I’m sure it’ll be busy on the 3rd May too when we have a four-hour Diamonique jewellery event that begins at 5pm, features the lovely Tova Borgnine collection, and finishes with my show at 8pm. Do join me if you can.
Something else I wanted to give you a heads up on is a MarlaWynne TSV this Sunday that is part of our Discover QVC event. Marla’s fashion range is only available from us and she’s designed a loose-fit, sleeveless, wide-leg jumpsuit – it’s even got pockets! Her attention to detail, use of colour and exquisite styling are evident in this outfit, and at an amazing price, I’m certain it’s going to be popular. It’s available in three beautiful blurred prints – indigo, black and sage, and also in plain black and indigo and Melissa Hardy will be with me at 9pm with styling tips and suggestions too.
News also from a relative newcomer to QVC, the footwear brand BOnova. As we no longer carry Birkenstock, these are the closest thing to that kind of styling in footwear with the natural cork and rubber footbed and arch support. The Snake Double Strap sandal we have as a TSV on the 5th May is exclusive to us and comes in five chic designs – two marvellous metallics in the silver and rose and a blue and gold snake, tan, and white snake option. I’m sure they’d work really well with Marla’s jumpsuit – perfectly placed as we move into the warmer months of the year.
Well, I think that’s all my news for now but I hope you enjoy reading and do get in touch if you get a moment, as it’s always good to hear from you.
With my love,