I’m sorry I’ve been neglectful over the last few weeks, but I’m ready now with all my news to share and an update on some special deals you won’t want to miss. Firstly, thank you very much for getting in touch with me. Such lovely comments and as always great to know what you’ve been up to. I’m not sure whether the summer flew by for you or maybe it’s because the gloomy weather made it feel more like autumn than summer! Of course, all that has now changed! I am sitting in the garden perspiring in a very unladylike way but soaking up the rays while they are here.
Of course, we have had the occasional day when I’ve not had to think about taking a coat – one of them was when I spent time with my granddaughter Honey. Lucy has changed direction in her career and now works from home and so I came to look after Honey as she was still on school holidays. We decided to give mum a break and head out towards Tadpole Farm with one of their little dogs – Bear Bear. They have two Chihuahuas, both girls, but Penny the younger of the two is expecting her first puppies. She was too tired to walk very far so we set off in the sunshine.
Honey reminds me very much of Lucy at the same age – very chatty, articulate and full of beans. We walked just over 6km which is pretty good going considering how short Bear Bear’s legs are! Mind you, Honey carried her for the last half mile, and I thought you might like this little film of them together?
I’m going to visit them again later this week as Colin I have decided on a rather last minute to return to Gozo. We are going back to the same little hotel and plan to retrace our steps. It was such a relaxing and easy time and as we are planning major refurbishments inside our house this autumn and winter it will be nice to get our energy up before we begin!
We were lucky enough to get quite a few of the children together on Sunday for a barbecue – our final one of the summer – and the weather was just spectacular. It’s been a long time since we had a family gathering – I think it was Colin‘s birthday at the end of May – so it was really wonderful to spend time with them.
I also had a very enjoyable two days with my godmother Edna whom I’ve not seen for a very long time. She had two knee replacements last year and obviously because of the restrictions due to Covid we’ve been unable to see each other. It was such a joy to have a chance to catch up properly and to reminisce too. She and her late husband Ian were very good friends of my mum and dad many moons ago when mum and dad were still married. Edna didn’t have any children but was very close to we three children growing up. She now lives in a retirement village – interestingly the one which Richard Osmon’s book The Thursday Murder Club was based around – his mother lives there too!
Nowadays she doesn’t travel too far, but when she was younger and married she and Ian travel the globe. They visited 51 countries in all including the Galapagos Islands. When I told her we were returning to Gozo she remembered their trip 40 years earlier. Having looked through our photographs we agreed that not much has changed on the island – still unspoilt and beautiful. I feel very blessed to be returning this year.
I have spent a fair bit of time in the garden over this last week deadheading and cutting back but wanted to show you my fabulous Busy Lizzies. I bought the same for my sister and as you can see we both had spectacular results using Richard Jackson’s Flower Power.
I had my first crop of tomatoes grown from seed in my birthday propagator from the children, and there were 15 apples on my apple tree. I’ve now got to decide which vegetables I can grow over the autumn/winter – any suggestions?
Back at the Q
In between seeing the family I’ve been at the Q, and thoroughly enjoyed our recent Diamonique Day – I hope you did too? It was wonderful to spend an hour with Tova Borgnine albeit virtually, her stories about the jewellery and the designs always make me smile. And then a real treat to spend the finale with Alison O’Reilly. She has such an incredible wealth of experience and it was great to see her looking so well these days. Her hair has grown back exactly the same way mine did – incredibly curly and thick. I always felt that was a silver lining for having lost it through treatment in the first place and she agreed 😊.
The beginning of September brought us the excitement of the QVC Beauty Excellence Awards too – huge congratulations to all the winners and thanks to you for voting. It’s a very exciting part of our business being able to bring new brands to you, but it’s also wonderful to see the loyalty towards those who have been with us for years. This week we bring to you a new beauty brand called Beekman 1802 launching on Tuesday 14th September. Certainly an original concept behind their bath and body skincare products because they use goats milk and skin-balancing probiotics as their main ingredients. You’ll find bars of soap to whipped body cream, lip balms and hand creams – Debbie Flint will be running you through the range at 7 pm.
Whether you watch QVC on your main TV or possibly your iPad we’ve got an exceptional price on one of the world’s leading technical brands – LG. Their A1 48” Smart OLED TV with LG earbuds is our TSV this coming weekend – item number 723502. It’s a bit hush-hush at the moment, but I know for a fact it’s a stunning price and goes on pre-sale tomorrow at 8am! If you’re in the market for a newer, smarter and larger TV make sure you tune in on Sunday.
Talking of TVs, a brand-new drama series began on BBC One last weekend. It’s called Vigil and parts of it are based on fact. Incredibly tense and well-acted starring Suranne Jones it’s well worth a watch if you’re looking for something new.
In truth I don’t watch much television, I prefer my audiobooks as they keep me company on my walks and also my journeys to and from work. Having finished listening to Still Life by Sarah Winman I was so enchanted that I decided to go straight into her earlier book – A Year of Marvellous Ways. Oh my…. I didn’t believe it could get any better than Still Life but this book is just incredible. Such beautiful descriptive writing, tender, poignant, sometimes shocking but so very memorable. I am certain some of the magic is her voice and the way she changes it for each of the characters, but I am certain even reading it yourself you will be completely absorbed in it. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to you if you fancy a bit of sheer escapism. If you’ve already read it, do let me know what you think?
My last day of work before our break is Friday 10th September when I will be joined at 8pm by Gok Wan and his Wuli Lui range of fashion. I do hope you can join us. He’s such a nice man to work with, and his fashion – particularly his slogan T-shirts and sweat tops – are fabulous.
I think that’s it for me this time, but I will have all the time in the world to answer your responses while I’m away, so please do keep in touch either here on the blog, or on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Take care, and I’ll see you soon.
With my love,