I’ve never liked arriving late anywhere, but I get particularly anxious if I’m heading to an airport or for a meeting! Although we had plenty of time to pack and get ready Colin and I were running 30 minutes late when we headed off to Gatwick for our trip to Gozo a week or so back. The petrol light came on about 20 miles from the airport but we reassured each other that we had enough to get there and we would refill on the way home… Scroll forwards 10 days and there we were with everybody else queuing at the Shell petrol station just outside the North terminal. Mercifully we were the last customer to be served and managed to get a full tank! It was a mighty relief and a positive note to end our second fabulous stay on the beautiful Maltese island – photos and shared memories to follow.
Before I do that though, I must ask how are you? It was lovely to be able to keep in touch while I was away and I’m very glad that England saw the sunshine finally in September. I see that you managed to meet up with family, celebrate birthdays, even attend weddings and I know that a few babies were born too. The circle of life continues and in a more familiar pattern it seems.
We added to our family too with the arrival of Penny’s one and only puppy Poppy! You may remember from my last post that Penny was expecting, and Lucy was able to stay with her throughout her labour and help deliver Poppy who was far larger than most Chihuahuas puppies should be! Having given birth to my 10lb 2 1/2oz baby son Jack some 28 years ago – with surgical intervention I am relieved to say – I felt her discomfort! So glad that Lucy was there to help it all go smoothly and Honey is understandably delighted with the new member of the family. We all met up this Sunday while our friends Roz and Chris were visiting – Sam and Elise popped over too – and we all had a cuddle. It was lovely 🙂
As was our second sojourn to the tiny island of Gozo just off Malta. Once more we were blessed with beautiful weather, warm seas and bright sunshine and managed to spend several more evenings with QVC‘s lovely model Cordelia McGrath and her husband Barry. They are such great company and because they live out there they have local knowledge when it comes to restaurants and places to visit – a real treat.
We also met up with Colin‘s longtime friends Tom and Jackie who were staying on Malta and had another cracking night out in Valletta – once more using the very efficient and incredibly fast catamaran service. It travels at 33 knots – which translated means almost 40 miles an hour! It should take 45 minutes for the journey but on the way home which was more than a tad choppy it only took 35 minutes! It felt like we were flying at some points!
We ate out every night and I enjoyed exquisite calamari, fennel flavoured lamb, their traditional rabbit stew and the local fish Lampuki which is the Maltese name for the Mahi-mahi fished only in their waters during autumn. Grilled and delicately seasoned with local herbs it was absolutely beautiful. So was the local wine from the Victoria Heights vineyard – particularly the Merlot – and the local liquor called Frangelico which has a nutty flavour – very moreish! We swam in the sea, walked up along the cliff edge and explored some more of the local towns. It was an absolute escape from the norm and certainly from the somewhat depressing weather we’ve had all through August.
It’s full steam ahead now though and I’m back at the Q Tuesday night at 9pm with a stunning TSV from the Welsh designer Julien Macdonald who has a set of two Lotus Flower Tealight Holders for just £29.98. Truly original and exceptional quality – I hope you’ll be able to join me at 9pm and get yours.
There’s also a mighty collection from the British brand Molton Brown coming to you on pre-order from this Wednesday night. We’re calling it The Ultimate Luxury Collection and it includes eleven items for just shy of £56! Incredible value and perfect for buying now and gifting later 🙂 Here’s a sneaky preview below. Along with the excitement of welcoming the beauty brand Clinique to QVC this week, and a stunning new Water Resistant Suede boot from Emu, we’ll be once more welcoming Christmas early with a 16-function, pre-lit frosted Christmas tree from the ever popular brand, Santa’s Best – might be just the thing for you to put away safely until the nights draw in.
This Tuesday sees Tova Borgnine returning with more from her fabulous range of Diamonique designs and then my regular show will be on air from 8pm the following week. Our Diamonique buyers have treated us all to a preview of all the fabulous jewellery they have bought in for us this autumn and I think it has to be one of the best collections yet! As you know, my Tuesday night show often gets the first airing of these pieces, so join me if you can, and keep in touch with Kathryn Goldsmith’s online feature The Jewellery Insider as she has a direct link to all the up and coming jewellery shows on QVC – a very knowledgeable young lady and passionate about her jewellery too.
I had hoped to be able to bring you some positive news about my book, but to date no takers within the publishing world, although some very flattering feedback so I will continue with the waiting game… fingers crossed!
I think that’s it from me for now, but I do hope your life is not too disrupted with the current fuel crisis. Do keep in touch with me here, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and I’ll looking forward to seeing you again on Tuesday night – still fairly tanned! 🙂
With my love,