Following a full day of rain that the garden was desperate for, it’s drier today, but jolly chilly. Mind you, not as cold here in Berkshire as it is in the Lake District! My sister and her partner Linda are there for the week and Jenny sent me this photograph this morning of Blemcathra, complete with snow on it! Total contrast to the balmy breezes we were bathed in on Saturday when we had Joe, Hayley, Rhys and baby Corey here for lunch in the garden. So wonderful to see them all, and the baby, and I know from your comments that you’ve also managed to see family and friends, and I don’t underestimate the lift that will have given you. 🙂
Talking of the garden, I think I should mention that there’s to be a phenomenal saving on Richard Jackson’s Flower Power and Root Booster in a week’s time. Can’t say more than that – just watch next Friday at 9pm and you won’t be disappointed. I was, though, disappointed to see that the rabbits had eaten the leaves on three of my rose bushes – one was my ‘Alison’ rose that Kathy Tayler had given to me for my 60th birthday, which made me sad. But thanks to Twitter and Matthew Swann who told me how to make a repellant spray with vinegar and chili, they’ve just started to re-grow, thank heavens.
This is probably a good juncture to talk about lovely Kathy who, as I’m sure many of you will know by now, is retiring from QVC! The Morning Show on the 6th May will be the last time you’ll see her on air, and she’s been busily clearing out the dressing room we’ve always shared for the last 21 years. Seeing all the boxes and bags building up over the last week has been quite emotional, which is daft really as we’ll probably see more of each other now than we’ve been able to before, but I think it’s just the sense of change… Kathy and I have shared so much of our lives these last 21 years, and she’s seen me through some of the most challenging times, but also shared some of the happiest times, and it’s been the same for her with me. We try to meet up and walk once a week, as we live pretty close to each other, so I knew of her plans some time ago, and although it’s been a big decision to make, it’s been absolutely the right one for her and her family. I know you’ll miss seeing her on the Q, but have a listen to her podcast here, or read her blog, which is an amazing run through of all her life achievements thus far. I’m sure she’ll go on to realise her dreams and her plans for the future, I feel mightily privileged to have had her friendship all these years and I’m grateful that I’ll be able to carry on seeing her over the years ahead. As I’ve always told her, my world’s a better place for having her in it. 🙂
News of my own to share, and that is that I finally finished my book! I sent it to my literary agent last week and now I have to sit back and wait… a nail biting time! Not that I will be biting them as they finally seem to be improving! I think it’s down to a number of factors, not least the sunshine and natural source of Vitamin D, but also the one product I’ve stuck with religiously and that is Margaret Dabbs Nail and Cuticle treatment. They’re still very thin, but at least they’ve grown slightly above the nail bed, so I’m hopeful. I’ve also started to take the Doctor Seaweed Weed and Wonderful supplements that we sell, as I was impressed with the high levels of nutrients included. My hair though has been growing very well and so it was good to finally have it cut and coloured on the 14th April. I hope you enjoyed the Olaplex show we brought you later that week. My stylist Jo uses the products in her salon and said that particularly for fine, frizzy or damaged hair, they are great.
Of course, having been out in the sun, I’ve managed to get a bit of a tan, although I haven’t ventured outdoors without my Ultrasun SPF 30. I’ve been hooked on this product since we went to Mexico at the very beginning of last year and once again the tan accelerator in it has given me a far deeper tan than I would ever have thought possible in April in the UK. I know I was very irresponsible with my skin in the sun when I was younger, but Ultrasun has changed all that. If you want to try these products, don’t miss our TSV that features three products with one choice to make. Either the brand new Glimmer Max SPF 30, the Sport or the Family 30 then you’ll get SPF 30 Face and the SPF 30 lip protector. You can buy it now here. My tan though has been enhanced considerably by using my two favourite Gatineau products. Firstly their Tan Accelerator (215726), which I use as a body moisturizer right through the summer, but also their incredible Golden Glow in a duo (242213) for £48.96 or £12.24 per Easy Payment. It is absolutely perfect for light or medium skin tones and gradually builds to give you a totally realistic tan. As I was gardening, I wasn’t tanning my legs, just the top half of my body, so I managed to match the colour on my legs perfectly using this incredible product. Do try it – 60 days in which to do so with our guarantee.
I think that is pretty much all my news for now, except to say that we watched the entire third series of Keeping Faith with Eve Myles. Once more her acting was impeccable, and I really enjoyed the storyline, although I was sad it didn’t end as happily as I had hoped. We’ve recorded the entire final series of Line of Duty and are planning to watch it over the weekend – can’t wait!
I hope you got my response to your comments on the last blog and I’ll look forward to hearing from you this time. Take good care and stay safe and hopefully next time I write we’ll be on the cusp of even more positive change.
With my love,