Possibly one of the more unusual places for me to be writing my blog… thousands of feet above Paris and travelling at over 500 miles an hour! It’s a relatively short flight to Kos, and I always find it hard to believe I’ve been away when I’m on my way home, but looking back through the photographs and chatting with Colin, I think it’s fair to say we’ve packed a lot into the last nine days, and feel exceptionally lucky to have been away.
We were originally booked to go to Turkey, but when the quarantine restrictions came in some weeks back, we thought we’d lose the holiday or have to postpone as so many other folk have had to do. Luckily for us, the travel company managed to find an alternative holiday on Kos, a Greek island we’d not been to before. My godmother stayed there 30 years ago when they only had tiny hotels and tavernas, and she and her husband Ian cycled everywhere. It was, as she told us, completely unspoiled and beautiful. To be fair, I imagine if she ever came back, she wouldn’t find it all that different. Of course, mask-wearing and constant hand-sanitising have changed the world for all of us, and it’s the same in Greece but I’m getting more used to it now and fully appreciate that it makes sense. I’ll have to get used to wearing my visor at work again though. Last time I wore it, I forgot I had it on and shoved my sandwich into the front of it, missing my mouth all together! 🙂
Thanks so much for your kind words and messages on the last blog, and it was good to catch up with all that you’ve been going through too. I was sorry though to know that Covid has upset so many plans – travel, birthdays, even weddings – but I guess we just keep having to keep looking forwards and hoping…
Because it was so last minute, I tried to take less with me this time (never easy!) but managed to leave my prescription glasses and my Bose in-ear headphones on the plane! Thanks to Dan from TUI, they were waiting for me at the airport when we flew home, but I was glad I had my audiobooks to fall back on as I can’t easily read without them. The weather was a little mixed, but I’ve still managed to absorb a fair bit of vitamin D, which will hopefully stand me in good stead for my DEXA scan on Thursday! Our hotel was right by a lovely sandy beach, quite unlike many of the other Greek islands we’ve visited over the years, where the beaches are normally quite stony and although it’s late October, the sea was still warm and great to swim in. We hired a car for a couple of days and drove to a fabulous coastline near Kamari – Bubble Beach as the locals call it. It curved gently with a really long stretch of very soft sand and we walked pretty much the entire way around – it was just beautiful.
The island is fairly small, but towards the middle of it you’ll find the most enormous castle that’s stood there for over 600 years ago. Antimachia Castle was built in stages, the first part constructed in 1319 as a fortified settlement for the islanders to live in.
It certainly served its purpose when 25,000 residents fought off the 1457 Ottoman invasion. With the exception of two small chapels both built in the 1800’s, the other dwellings inside the solid walls are now just rubble, and apart from a few other tourists, the only other things we saw were the wild goats, but it had a definite sense of history and peace about it.
We had a lovely evening exploring the town of Kos with its wide streets and fabulous harbour and enjoyed some traditional Greek music in the local square. The following night we decided to visit Kia, having heard about this beautiful little village that is also one of the higher points on the island and meant to be fab for the sunset. Sadly, it was cloudy that evening, but we had a delicious Greek meal there, enjoying home cooked vine leaves, courgette salad and garlic mushrooms while overlooking the valley.
And then it was time to head home, but we’ve made some fabulous memories and met up also with a lovely couple, Phil and Claire Noch, who have been loyal QVC customers for 25 years! Obviously, we had a great deal to chat about and our conversation reminded me of how important the channel has been to so many during these difficult times. Me included, as a constant in my life.
I’m looking forward to getting back to the Q this, week although when I’m away I always fly the flag fashion-wise! I took two Coco Bianco jumpsuits with me, a couple of Frank Usher tops and my fab Joules white jeans. I’d be lost without my Ultrasun, and this year Liz Earle’s Cica Paste has been a blessing on my skin overnight. Gatineau’s Tan Accelerator served as an aftersun, and Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer comes with me to the beach!
All change once I’m home though, as I guess I’ll have to start wearing my winter clothes. I do enjoy the opaque tights and boots though, and if you’re looking for footwear, there’s the Moda in Pelle boots Today’s Special Value coming up soon, also perfume from Prai, and a great price on the Artisan Kitchenaid stand mixer over the next week.
This weekend will see a two day Christmas event – two months to the day! We’re introducing a new coupon, BAGS4Z, that will allow you to buy any bag with four interest-free monthly payments! It’s a special offer that runs until the 25th October and might well be worth it if you’re thinking of buying a gift and want to spread the cost. We can post it directly to someone else too if you’d like, which would save you a trip to the post office.
I’ve already ordered my step-daughter Vic’s birthday present. It’s her birthday next Tuesday, but sadly we can’t all get together as a family this year. It was my daughter Lucy’s birthday last week, but luckily I got to see her and Honey before we went away. Here’s a picture of Lucy the day after she was born… such a sweet pea.
Well, we’ll be landing shortly, but I did want to say thank you for all the support these last few weeks for my Story Time with Ali. I’ve been reading from my book, A New Kind of Normal, and although I didn’t manage to post part three while I was away, I’m planning to do so before the end of the week and then again at the weekend. From your comments on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, I know it has resonated with many of you, and as the campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness heightens, it’s good to know we’re all doing our bit.
Take care, stay safe, stay well and do stay in touch.
With my love,