Another little sit down accompanied by the delightful birdsong. It’s crazy, but I never actually ‘heard’ or differentiated between all the changing sounds they make. Robins are a favourite and make a kind of click-clack sound I think.
And oh my goodness, having watched a blackbird tirelessly collect worms and take them into the hedge for his family – I am in awe! We think we work hard, but it’s been seriously constant for little Mr Blackbird! He is adorable to watch.
It’s been ALL about the birds and the bees this week. Paprika, one of our newest chickens, escaped and found her way into the school playing field behind us, and I think the school children got a little more than they bargained for! They were delighted and so very excited when she shimmied down and laid her very first egg, whilst they watched. Bless her… can you imagine having an audience at such an intimate moment?
I should imagine the teachers had quite a challenge on their hands answering all the inevitable questions!
The trouble is, Paprika has now got a taste for freedom and she’s leading Chilli astray. They are somehow climbing up and out, trashing the flowerbeds and are constantly being retrieved and -I hate to say it – put in ‘lockdown’, whilst we try to work out how they are managing it!
Speaking of birds and bees this week, my foxgloves were the source of buzzing business with huge and fluffy bees relentlessly seeking out the pollen. Back and forth they go all day long, it’s such a pleasure to watch and listen to, in what’s felt like a simple week with minimal big achievements – but it’s another week closer to us all experiencing a new version of life again.
Actually, it’s been a big old reminiscing kind of week as I recorded a podcast with Will Gowing for Inside QVC. We discussed my childhood, my school life, dancing and all sorts of things! I could see Will on the screen so I did chat to him as such, but I think if we had been together and not recording remotely we would have laughed all the way through and it would have probably taken twice as long to record!
Afterwards, I replayed in my head all the things I had said didn’t say and I started to feel incredibly anxious. I was even debating about calling Will and saying STOP! Scrap the whole thing!!
I didn’t, and instead I sat with the feelings during my mindful practice and realise I’m so judgmental on myself. I’m my own worst critic, which is actually unkind and terribly unhelpful, isn’t it? So, you’ll be pleased to know I’m now at the ‘I did it and what I said is ok because it comes from my heart’ stage! I hope you enjoy listening to it when it’s released, because I truly enjoyed recording it.
In this delightful weather my garden is blooming gloriously, if I do say so myself!
I’m joining some of the other presenters in a Lily competition, although my bulbs were late arrivals, so I’m hoping with my watering, combined with Richard Jackson’s Flower Power, that they will catch up and be in the race! How they have now ended up nestling together when I gave each of them growing space, I do not know!
I have just fed our poorly Olive Trees with a rather interesting formula… having dosed them with Flower Power I thankfully started to see some green shoots appear, then my eye was caught by an article about Llamas and olive trees ! So now my olive trees are being fed with… Llama poo!!! I will let you know if it works… perhaps Richard can look to tweak his formulations with it!!
Talking of formulations and delightful weather, Ultrasun has a TSV offer on Monday! The four-piece collection (241043) will include a choice between Glimmer SPF 20 in the Glamour option or the Family SPF 30 in the – you guessed it – Family option, plus After Sun Tan Booster, Sports Spray SPF 30 and Lip Protection SPF 30.
The set is designed to care for us both during and, very importantly, after sun exposure. Having listened to Abi Cleeve on the Inside QVC podcast, I was most impressed with her passion and knowledge.I feel even educated and therefore even more aware.
The After Sun Tan Booster is a new formula for me and beautifully cooling to use, plus I love the idea that it’s boosting my colour. The Lip Protection included is always a repeat order for me as I use it every single night as well as in the sunshine.
I’m interested to see if I can get my boys out in the sun with the ease of the Sport formula, which is light and mist-like, so the ‘I hate the application of sun cream’ will no longer be an excuse for not getting outside! Pale, pasty, spotty and probably lacking in Vitamin D… that’s my boys. Maddie, on the other hand, is regularly basking in her bikini with the Family SPF 30 safely applied and her freckles looking beautiful.
I’ve been prepping in the garden this week for the forthcoming Liz Earle shows. As always, it’s such a great offering currently on pre-launch with new launches of the lightweight Brightening Eye Cream and a new and supersized edition of the iconic Cleanse and Polish, but infused with neroli. It is simply wonderful and creates an utter pleasure out of the ordinary, yet necessary ritual of cleansing.
Even though we may be wearing less make-up and maybe yes, there’s a little less pollution in the air, it’s still super important to get rid of the toxins from the day (and night) and of course the sun protection we are using… if not, why not?!
Order the collection now, so you can beat the rush and retain the calm, mindful Zen-like approach to life that we are trying to cultivate… or is it just me??!!
Ok, I have a chicken house to escape-proof and then a 2.30pm prep call from the States (get me!) with Korres, yet another amazing and fabulous offer this weekend and then… a day bed to lie on because today, inside the house can just jolly well wait!
Oh my word… I’ve just come off the prep call and had to add this to my blog, as there is such excitement from Liz and the Korres team… the last two of their TSVs sold out early! So it’s definitely one to look at super quickly.
The founder Lena Korres created these formulas in a kitchen! She has the ability to turn thick, unctuous Shea butter into a liquid and crystallise it, so MORE of the Shea can be incorporated. This results in more fabulous hydration and firmness being so lightly delivered, with no stickiness.
The choices of the fragrances are absolutely stunning. I’ve been loving the Greek Sea Lavender scent – it’s seriously fulfilling the holiday dream with the Agean breeze being captured incredibly well. That being said, choose away as there are 7 wonderful options.
And heads-up menopausal skin… the White Pine Concentrate due on my show at 11am on Saturday had initially SOLD OUT – before Liz even spoke! The story is amazing. I won’t share now but suffice to say… I’m ordering it!
There, I’m happy now as I needed to share!
Huge love and a virtual hug (because I know so many of you are missing them so).