Well, it’s almost a fortnight since my birthday, and thank you so much for your kind words and birthday wishes. The day itself was pretty quiet but Colin made the most fabulous meal for me that evening. Using the Gordon Ramsey recipe for Beef Wellington, he replaced the beef with chicken and it was delicious. I’ve just bought some seed trays for the little growing house the children bought me, and the seeds Lucy had ordered for me have arrived. I am hoping to grow chard, lettuce, tomatoes, spring onions, rocket and a fair few other things. Slightly hampered by the demolition of our local garden centre where I would have headed to get compost etc. but it sadly folded due to Covid and is now to be replaced by a brand new Lidl… silver linings I guess!
I had a bit of shock the other week when my bankcard was used online without my knowledge. Someone had hacked into my details and started trying to buy things from Skate Hut, Youngs Brewery and Deliveroo! The largest transaction attempted was for £990 but mercifully all but one were declined. The bank have refunded me the sum but I have had to alter everything I had set up, and it’s almost impossible to find out how it happened. Luckily it’s all sorted and my QVC account and other regulars are still safe as houses.
I’ve managed to all but finish my book which has cheered me, but of course it may well be heavily edited once the literary agent gets her hands on it! I wasn’t at all sure how many words were the usual for a first novel, but was advised not to worry about that, just write what I felt so fingers crossed. Sometimes I’ve found it easier to dictate what I’m thinking when I’m on a walk, rather than sitting for hours in front of the computer. It helps me to leave all the other daily stuff behind and just concentrate on the plot, and that can be therapeutic. When you see the kind of open space I’m lucky enough to be able to walk in, I think you’ll see why this works for me 🙂 I’ll let you know how I get on in due course, although these things do tend to move pretty slowly.
I’ve been having a bit of nightmare with my nails lately. Not since I was on chemo have I not been able to grow them, but in the last two months they have become paper thin and just disintegrate whenever my crystal nail file is anywhere near them. I’m using OPI’s Nail Envy and Orly’s Nail Strengthener plus Margaret Dabbs’ Nail and Cuticle Serum and Perfect Formula’s Gel Topcoat in the hope of sorting it.
I have a blood test booked too just incase I’m deficient in anything and have started taking Prime Fifty’s Fighting Fatigue as it has all the essential vitamins and I’m hoping will help me to feel less tired. I’ve always been lucky with my nails, which is a bonus when presenting the jewellery shows, so I’m hoping this is just a blip! It was lovely to have an hour with Michelle Mone on Tuesday with her range of Diamonique jewellery. She was unable to join us on Jewellery Day because she was struggling with Covid, and although she looked fabulous on Tuesday she told us she’d found it really hard to get her strength back. Thank heavens the vaccination programme is forging ahead! My sister works as a volunteer and did her first jabs last week. She really enjoys the interaction and being part of it all and I think it’s great that since she’s now retired it’s enabled her to get involved.
It’s definitely been fashion forward at QVC this last month what with the launch of Dannii Minogue’s Petites range and our Fashion Sale Day too. I found this gorgeous dress from the Monsoon range and have just ordered our Big Deal from the same brand (item number 188726) for £52.96, two Easy Pays and no P&P! Jackie Kabler looked fab in the green but I’ve gone for the blue multi by way of a change.
It’s definitely a spring/summer dress with the shorter sleeves and ties in nicely with the Doll 10 This Covers Everything four-piece Today’s Special Value that’ll be launching on-air this Saturday at 9pm. The delightful Doris Dalton has put together a limited edition collection of her make-up miracles including the T.C.E Full coverage Serum Foundation (in 8 shades)which is gives remarkable coverage, the skin buffing brush to apply it, her Lash Remedy Transforming Peptide Mascara and a beautiful bold lip colour. It’s available on Pre-sell for under £38 (item number 242754). Doris will hopefully be joining us via video link to talk through it all in her own inimitable style! I can’t wait to see her again and will be presenting the 4pm and 7pm hours on Sunday the 4th April.
And so for my final piece of news, which is definitely a case of saving the best ‘til last. Colin’s son Joe and his partner Hayley were safely delivered of a son – Corey James – on the 31st March. He’s just perfect and both mum and baby are doing well. In addition to Hayley’s son Rhys, this means we now have four grandchildren, so both Colin and I are feeling truly blessed. I very much hope that the slight lift in restrictions at the beginning of the week have meant you’ve been able to finally see those you’ve been missing and that the sunshine we’ve seen in the South has reached you too. Take care, keep in touch, and as always, I’ll look forward to hearing from you.
With my love, Ali xx