You find me trying to work out the best way to save the shellac on my fingernails and make them camera ready for Tuesday! Such a shame my show is not on a Wednesday, as I could have had the polish taken off professionally, but I think my temporary cover-up will work – just no close-up shots! Luckily, they’ll be varnish ready when we bring you our Today’s Special Value from Nails Inc – a classy Christmas collection with metallic and glossy colours that all come in a beautiful box. Another gift ticked of your list maybe?
How are you? I do hope that the latest government guidelines for the tier system and Christmas will make life easier for you, rather than more complicated? I’m not certain how it’s going to affect us as a family… So many people caught up with so many different criteria – support groups, and even childcare bubbles – it’s difficult to know what to do for the best!
We had hoped to visit Joe in Norfolk prior to Christmas, but I don’t feel it’s wise to expect an 87-year-old man to sit outside just so that we can see him. I think, sadly, we may have to resort to a telephone call instead and post his presents rather than deliver them. I know I’m not alone in having believed that once the restrictions were lifted it would have been far less complicated moving forwards, but I appreciate that this has all been put in place with a view to the end result of seeing as many people safe and symptom-free as possible. It’s not easy though, is it?
That said, Colin decided to convert our covered seating area in the garden into a Santa’s grotto, complete with a Christmas tree, lights and an illuminated dachshund and polar bear! Add to that mix a real-life fire pit and bingo! Christmas is on its way! 🙂 Whoever we are able to see will be encouraged to enjoy the fire pit with a mulled wine or hot chocolate, depending on their preference. At least it’s outdoors!
I’m not sure if it’s across the entire country, but I’ve definitely noticed that it’s got a lot colder in the last few days. I really enjoyed my Cozee Home shows with Debra Leigh and have ordered more of their fleece bedding for certain members of the family. Such great gifts to give, and if you’ve not tried it before because you are skeptical about sleeping on the fleece when it’s usually something you wear, don’t be. The sensible thing is to turn your heating off overnight and save energy, and with this bedding, you will never feel cold again. 🙂
I’m sure I’ve mentioned that my younger sister retired after 26 years of teaching and is thoroughly enjoying having so much time to herself. It’s meant that she can take over some of the childcare for her two grandsons, spend more time in the garden, and see more of me! She’s a keen advocate of the National Trust and booked us into Winkworth Arboretum for a much needed “outdoors time” connection.
Gone are the days when you can just turn up and enjoy the scenery. Now it’s much more a case of head counting to incorporate social distancing. Because of the Smart Motorway, which has taken over the M4, my journey was not that simple. Thank heavens for Waze – because having circumnavigated Surrey, I finally met up with Jenny in the rather muddy car park and headed off around the huge grounds that make up Winkworth.
I knew nothing about this exceptionally beautiful area of Surrey, although I lived in this county for the first 20 years of my life, but I did learn that dermatologist Wilfred Fox purchased 130 acres of woodland next to his farmhouse in the Thorncombe Valley. At that time, the area was mainly covered in scrub woodland, with several plantations of larch and firs. The Second World War changed everything, and in spite of the desperate situation a lot of people found themselves in, Dr Fox encouraged many members of his family to help him to replant the area with cherry trees, Japanese and other maples and azaleas for their autumn foliage as well as an incredible collection of rowan, white beam and firs.
Honestly, it’s the most remarkable mix of autumn colours and more importantly the views we were afforded across the Surrey hillsides were just stunning. I’d packed us a picnic and the rain held off while we ate it, and the afternoon was glorious. I thought you might enjoy these pictures.
I also managed to meet up with Kathy Taylor and Claire Sutton (on two separate occasions) and we also had a picnic and a lovely long walk.
Kathy and I live fairly close to each other, so Cookham is the perfect place for us to park up and head out along the river. We met at QVC, having joined at the same time, and have shared a dressing room since day one. We’ve also shared a wonderful friendship in all that time too, and any time spent in her company is very special to me.
Although Claire joined QVC three years before us, she was the first presenter I was introduced to, and we too have become close over the years. She is very much missed at the Q, but is so busy doing all kinds of things now, that even though we had a good three hours or more together, we still ran out of time to catch up on everything! It would have been lovely if the three of us could have had the walk together, and sometimes I find it frustrating not being able to do what we took for granted before. But on a positive note, it has made those times we can be together all the more precious.
Something I have enjoyed during the last eight months or more is reading to you on my Story Time feature each Saturday. Sadly, I had to make the decision to stop this last Saturday – my main challenge being finding a short story that was only 15 minutes long! Originally, the feature was to bring a little something to you during the long first lockdown, but I continued with it through this second lockdown too. Thank you for all the appreciation and lovely comments, and if I can, I’ll find a Christmas story and post that up nearer to the big day! In the meantime, here’s the link to take you to the final story from Cecilia Ahern’s Collection ‘Roar’ – The Woman Who had A Ticking Clock. It’s quite quirky, but very touching.
With only three weeks to go, and Black Friday behind us, QVC are still pulling out all the stops to help you buy the perfect gift, and if it’s the girls you’re planning to buy for, then don’t miss the TSV from Doll 10 that’s coming up this Sunday. It’s a five-piece Flawless Face Collection for under £42 and will be on pre-sell prior to that. The item number is 242011. Oh, and you may well be interested to know that Doris Dalton – the founder of Doll 10 – is featured on our podcast this week too. You can find out all about this lovely lady by clicking the link here.
I am sorry that life has been so hard for so many of you and I pray that the little bit of support we can give each other has helped. Please do keep in touch, and let’s all hope that things will change in a more positive way over the next few weeks. Stay safe and stay well.
With my love,