I’ve just realised that this will be the last time in a long while that I sit at my desk to write my blog. I love this desk, Colin bought it for me when I started writing my first book and I have it set up by a window so I can see the garden and enjoy the sunshine when it’s there! However, it’s about to be moved into the giant container we have on our drive because Colin begins the rewiring and refurbishing of the house on Monday. We’ve literally got to have ceilings down and floors up and it’s going to be very messy! Once downstairs is finished, he will be going upstairs where once again there is rewiring and re-plumbing to be carried out. Mercifully that bit doesn’t start ’til the New Year, so we can still have some of the children with us at Christmas time. I haven’t quite yet worked out where we are going to put the Christmas tree, as the kitchen is the only room we won’t be working on. Having read that back, it sounds as though I am moaning but I’m really excited to finally put the house in order. We were very lucky to find it nearly 9 years ago and really enjoyed living here so will be great to have everything working properly.
How are you getting on with your pre-Christmas plans? Have you managed to get most of your presents? If you’re still a few short when it comes to gifts for the girls, then you’re in luck! I have a fabulous Diamonique Bracelet Dress Watch to give to the lucky winner of a little giveaway I’ve included in the blog – but more on that in a mo! I have to admit to not doing too badly this year, but I think my biggest struggle may well be trying to find a space to store all the presents! I remember one year when the children were small, I had to hide them all in the car so they wouldn’t be discovered! I’ve been buying a fair bit from QVC as always, and I am almost on first name terms with my Hermes delivery man! He deserves a few mince pies, especially when he has to manhandle my Richard Jackson’s bird food onto the porch for me!
The weather’s been a bit mixed but it’s not stopped me from getting out into the fields that surround my home on the brighter days and enjoying getting my steps up. Some fabulous autumn colours this year and a huge number of sloe berries, although I left it too late to pick them to make gin.
While walking I’ve been enjoying listening to Richard Osman’s second book – The Man Who Died Twice. It continues with the same characters we were introduced to in The Thursday Murder Club, but they are far more honed now and like old friends! The plot is very clever and the story totally engaging and with Lesley Manville bringing the characters to life. I would highly recommend it on Audible. I have to admit to being a little down about my own book. Nothing to report, although my literary agent has been on the case this last week, so maybe next time I’ll have something positive to report.
We had a lovely get together with Colin’s family’s relatives last weekend – an annual gathering that we all missed last Christmas and it was great to see everyone again. We lost lovely Renee though back in October – she was 84 and had complications following kidney cancer. She is very much missed by us all, but her funeral was a wonderful tribute to the good times we’ve all shared. She didn’t want anyone to buy flowers so I put this small arrangement together myself… she loved Stocks…
Our younger granddaughter Calla has been with us this weekend and Granddad booked tickets for them to visit the Model Village in Beaconsfield. Personally, I think they were both very brave as it was absolutely freezing and raining too! Calla borrowed my woolly hat and was wrapped up warmly but I reckon we need to get her a pair of outdoor boots too!
It’s a shame that the Emu Okab Waterproof boot we launched on Monday night is just for grown ups! A fab looking boot with a waterproof leather upper in five different colours and lined with Merino Wool – just perfect for the current climate. Very smart but practical too – item 189990 if you fancy a look?
We’ve got a fab pair of Carole Hochman silky velour pyjamas coming up a bit later in the week too – just £25.98 – item number 187239. And then for a touch of glamour, Nails Inc bring us their Christmas seven-piece collection entitled Ginger All the Way, a cracking gift idea and some truly original colours. In fact, we will be celebrating Beauty Day on Sunday 5th December and there will be deals from some of your favourites: Percy & Reed, Shay & Blue, Laura Geller, Gale Hayman and OPI to name but a few! Check out QVCUK.com to find our TV Guide so you can check out the specific show times.
Actually, Calla will be back with us this weekend coming as Lucy and Honey have tickets to a London Bus Tour and have asked us to join them. Both girls are very excited – and I am too! It’s been years since I saw the Christmas lights in London and having the little ones with us will make it all the more special.
And talking of special… I think I’ve kept you waiting long enough. THIS is the fabulous Diamonique Design of the Month for December that you can win if you enter your details below. It’s a stunning bracelet dress watch worth £70, the stylish mother-of-pearl face surrounded by 12 beautifully set and positioned Diamonique stones, all twinkling like sunshine on snow. The strap is a tennis bracelet design with 37 round-cut stones making it very much a ‘time-keeping’ piece of jewellery. It’s been in finished in three gorgeous metal tones: Silver, Gold and Rose Gold and I have one beautifully boxed to send to whoever is our lucky winner! All you need to do is to add your name below and let me know whether you’d keep the watch for your own collection or who you would gift it to, plus your choice of plating, and I’ll be making the draw at the end of this week on 3rd December. T&Cs apply, please see QVCUK.com for details. And good luck!
I hope you stay warm and healthy, and thank you for keeping in touch with me here, on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I always look forward to your comments and as you know, I’ll get back to you just as soon as I can. Only a few more weeks to go, so don’t forget to check all our special prices and pre-Christmas gift ideas to help you tick those names off the list!
With my love,