Is it just me or are you having trouble sleeping at the moment? I know some folk believe that when we have a full moon our emotions are pulled to the surface and feelings are heightened. Others believe it has more to do with subtle changes in the Earth’s magnetic field that bring about these reactions. Either way, after three late-night shifts and road closures on the M4 that required me to circumnavigate Heathrow Airport in order to get home, I need matchsticks to keep my eyes open today! I didn’t manage to get a photo of the moon in all its glory but did catch this beautiful crescent moon and wanted to share. No filters here at all.
I have booked leave this weekend as it is Colin’s birthday, and am looking forward very much to seeing all the family at Vicky’s for a BBQ to celebrate. I’m also heading down to Sussex before that to see my Godmother Edna – 18 months since we’ve had a hug, and a year since we’ve physically seen each other – I am sooo looking forward to my visit 🙂
Jenny and Linda’s stay last weekend was a great success and gave Colin and I the chance to try out two new vegetarian recipes. Colin made a fabulous cauliflower risotto, and I put together a butternut squash hassle back roast. If you’re familiar with hassle back potatoes you’ll get the idea. You cut the squash in half, score down the back of each piece, place bay leaves in the slots and then in this recipe cover it with Harissa paste, olive oil and garlic. Having roasted it for half an hour then add mint and honey plus lime juice. It was absolutely delicious when served with crumbled feta cheese and salad leaves.
We watched the Eurovision on Saturday night – I still find it hard to believe that the UK was yet again disregarded when it came to the scoring! We also watched the old classic The Glenn Miller Story starring James Stewart. It’s absolutely beautiful. I’ve not seen it for years and even though I know the ending it always makes me cry.
Colin and I finished watching Leonardo and that too had a very moving finish but also a bit of a twist that I wasn’t expecting. Aiden Turner was superb as Leonardo di Vinci. Thanks, Tina for recommending The Pact to me. Our friends Roz and Chris binge-watched it until 2am!!! It definitely sounds like something we’d enjoy. 🙂
It’s been difficult keeping up with the garden with all this rain, but I’ve had to pot my tomato seedlings on as they’ve shot up, as have the lettuces and beetroots and the sunflowers will need to come out of the propagator soon because they’re so tall! I found this beautiful patch of violets a little earlier on in the month, but like the bluebells, they are now finished for the year.
The crops in the fields have been shooting up as have the weeds and the grass, but that’s been too wet to mow, although Richard Jackson’s Lawn Magic is definitely helping it to green up. I’ve not had much chance to get out for my walks this last week because of the rain, so I very much enjoyed my two hours on Monday with the Fitquest Exercise bike. I hope if you ordered yours you’ll get great use out of it.
So many birthdays for us in May, and I’m proud to say that most of the gifts I’ve purchased have been from QVC. For Linda we bought the White Stuff brushed cotton shirt and along with her dressing table, we treated Honey to Charlie Brook’s Diamonique Design of the Month – the four-leaf clover pendant. She loved it!
My niece Verity asked for Laura Geller’s Balance n Brighten Foundation, Phoebe needed more Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and I also bought her the Tan-Luxe Tanning Drops too, and for Joe’s Hayley we bought Liz Earle’s Skin Repair and the Rock Rose Bath and Skincare collection. It’s Sam’s girly Elise’s birthday on 31st May but I can’t tell you what I’ve bought for her yet, suffice to say, it’s ALL from QVC and so that just leaves Colin, and I’ll be honest, most of what I have for him I’ve been gathering for a while. Although there may be something from the L’Occitane range stowed away…
Tonight, he and I are going out for a 12-course Thai taster meal at the Crazy Bear restaurant. I bought this as a Christmas present for him in 2019, and because of the pandemic, we’ve only just been able to book it in! Kathy and Olley also had a Thai meal there before the last lockdown and said it was superb so we’re looking forward to it very much.
There’s lots for you to look forward to at QVC as well with Monday 31st being Discovery Day. There will be hours dedicated to your favourite beauty brands, and homewares plus fashion with a TSV on the day from Lulu Guinness. It’s The Bree – a triple compartment grab and shoulder bag available in 3 Easy Pay instalments at under £240.
I’ll be back with Diamonique on Tuesday at 8pm after this week’s break for the Lola Rose Anniversary, and then I have a Jewellery Sale at 10pm, which will definitely be worth tuning in for too.
I do want to mention the Ultrasun TSV that’s making an appearance at 9pm on Wednesday 2nd June as it’s a four-piece Top Up Collection at just £29.98, and there are two choices available to you plus an Auto Delivery, which is great as we move into the summer months. You’ll choose between the Family/General collection with the Family SPF 30, Sports Spray SPF 30, Aftersun Tan Booster and the Lip Protection too, but there’s a sensitive skin option too with the Extreme 50+, the Sports Spray 50+, Aftersun and the Lip Protection too. The Sports Sprays would be £29.98 on their own, so this is an amazing deal.
I’m hoping to have more photos for you in the next blog as Colin and I are heading off to Cornwall for a short break from the 4th June and are hoping that the promised sunshine will follow us down there. It’ll just be good to get away and see some different scenery to be honest, and to have some time together as he’s been working flat out these last few months. I know a number of you have been moving house so I do hope that’s all gone well, and if you have a holiday planned may the sunshine for you!
Take care, do keep in touch, and stay well. Hopefully, we’ll all have had our second vaccinations by the time I next write.
With my love,