And so here we are – through January and facing February! Where did the month go? To be fair though it does seem ages since Christmas and looking back over my photographs – which I always do before a write my blog – it’s been a particularly social month for me with work and various events, which after our quiet Christmas has been lovely.
Thanks for getting in touch and for keeping me up to date with all that goes on in your world. So many things affect so many of us and the situation these last two years has put all of us under pressure in ways we would never have envisaged, but it’s always comforting to know that somehow we manage to muddle through. Sharing our news here is always a great leveller I find!
I’m writing this in the back bedroom of the house as that’s where my desk will be until tomorrow when Colin’s moving it into his studio – well a corner of his studio – so at least I’ll have somewhere temporarily to put the computer safely and continue working. One of the main reasons for the refurb is because we have a faulty electrical system and plumbing that only works in half the house!
Consequently, in addition to the ceilings being down in the sitting and dining rooms, we also have the floors up in two of the rooms upstairs to feed the new plumbing through! There’s been sawdust and general grime everywhere and it’s been quite a struggle trying to keep the two rooms we’re living in clean and tidy! Thank heavens I invested in the H20 Steam Mop a while back and more recently the Spin Mop and Bucket. The stone floor in the kitchen constantly needs cleaning and these tools tackle the job perfectly.
It hasn’t been all housework and hard work though as in between some very enjoyable hours at QVC working alongside Davina McCall and Danni Minogue (the latter virtually), I escaped to the country and stayed with my sister Jenny. She and Linda live in a beautiful little cottage in Hampshire, not far from Winchester Hill, which is where we spent a fabulous afternoon in bright sunshine. It was quite a hike up there, but the hillfort right at the top is well worth the climb.
The earliest settlement was in the Bronze Age – around 3,800 years ago – which is when the series of flint and chalk covered burial mounds that still rise up from the ground were made. A thousand or so years later in the Iron Age a large defended settlement was built with a grass bank and ditch surrounding it and then a massive wooden fence created to protect the enclosures, houses and granaries that stood there. There’s a fantastic view from the top and although it was sunny it was very cold.
I was SO glad I’d worn my Cuddle Dudds fleece leggings otherwise I think my thighs would have frozen! The steaming cup of coffee we enjoyed afterwards was very welcome – even managed a bit of coffee art too! Mine was a Hare, and Linda had a Jenny Wren, which to be fair she did edit a little! 🙂
From Hampshire to Surrey, where later in the week I was once again lucky with the weather and enjoyed a lovely pub lunch in The White Horse at Shere with my friend Yo before heading out across the countryside in the sunshine. It’s the village where they filmed one of my favourite movies ‘The Holiday’ with Jude Law and Cameron Diaz, and the pub is the one featured in the film. We caught this gorgeous sunset as we drove out of the village and up the hill – just stunning!
It’s been great to have a little bit of an escape from the building works at home to be honest. While Colin’s been busy gutting the sitting room and dining room, I’ve been packing everything up into boxes – not just downstairs but upstairs also in readiness for the reconstruction there too.
We’ve lived here for over nine years and there have been quite a few cupboards that haven’t really been sorted in all that time, so long overdue! All the plumbing and electrics are being replaced before any of the structural work can be done, and downstairs the floors have to come up first before we can even begin on the upstairs renovation! It’s all go, and all in a terrible muddle but I’m reliably informed that progress is being made and it’ll all be worth it in the end 🙂
I’m on leave until the 6th February when I’ll be back at 9pm with a fabulous TSV from the fashion brand Finery! I’ve been wearing many of their dress designs on air over the last six months or so and am delighted to introduce you to the Edith midi length dress with long sleeves and a tiered gathered skirt. There are three exclusive and very subtle prints in a myriad of colours including black, navy, soft red, cobalt blue and purple. It’s not only elegant and eminently feminine, it’s also great value. I hope you can join me and order yours on Sunday.
Something else that will save you money and features a brand so many more of us are favouring at this time of year is Cozee Home. I would seriously be lost without my fleece sheets and sherpa bedcover since we have no heating in the house! Along with bedclothes, there are children’s and adults clothing plus a range for pets too and for the entire month of February, you can buy it all in three Easy Payments by using the code COZE3Z! Interest-free credit and hopefully items that will save you money on your heating too! To find out more about special deals and exclusive brands follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and I can keep you up to date that way. And do drop me a line here too if you’d like.
In the meantime, stay well and warm, and I do hope you enjoy the rest of the week. I’ll see you on Sunday evening!
With my love,