For those who don’t follow me on social media, you may be thinking that I was just in the middle of my annual leave for a fortnight. But no, you would be wrong! I actually got a detached retina just before Gok Wan’s last show, and everything went blurry for the three hours I was on air Tuesday last week. I spent the next three days sorting it out and on Friday, they had me in for an emergency operation. Fortunately, they said they got it early and the rip in the back of my eye wasn’t as bad as some. “Why did it happen?” I asked. “Well, you are the right age,” he said, “Otherwise, it’s just bad luck. “
“That means you are both old and unlucky,” said my brother Derek. Brothers eh!
I had some right old shenanigans I must say, and if you’re interested in finding out more, check out this weeks vlog link below, when I told everybody about it on Thursday night during my regular #thursdaybantz on a Facebook Live.
This is what my eye looks like two days later – don’t blink and don’t read on if you are squeamish! 🙂
As I was recovering at the weekend, my son came to visit with little Blake, aged four. When she got home, she was so fascinated by my poorly eye that she drew a picture of me, quite a detailed one, bless her! The first one she’s ever drawn of me ironically, and it has to be with a big red blob in my left eye ha ha. I will frame it for sure! Funny.
Recovery will consist of not being able to drive for a few weeks, lots of drops and cleansing and not lifting weights. Can’t fly for six weeks, etc. Vision should gradually return by around three weeks, and the meniscus – the horizontal line denoting the bottom of the gas bubble they’ve inserted in my eye to push the retina back – is already working its way vertically down my eye. It was right at the top of my vision on Saturday, and now, at time of writing (Wednesday), it’s about halfway. Apparently, when it goes all the way down that means you can start to see again.
Amazing technology isn’t it! Thank goodness for modern medicine. And thanks to the team at Saint Thomas’s for rectifying this problem… of old age! LOL.
The meals were lovely actually, thank goodness for health insurance as well :-). And the view was not bad either.
It’s made me realise I need to really book my ideas up though, about getting a bit fitter. Alison Cork has been a real inspiration to me – have you seen her lately? Go here to shop her range on QVC – some lovely stuff including Christmassy things 🙂 I’m due to meet up with her soon. Just hard work and lots of exercise and sensible eating and a new determined outlook, by all accounts. So let’s see what happens over the next year. I definitely don’t want to be this shape when I’m 60! In May next year that is, before you ask :-). And don’t forget to listen to Alison Cork’s latest interview with Will, where she talks about her weight loss and her new range, on Inside QVC.
Apparently I should be back on Sunday the 10th all being well, and let me know if you ever have had the same operation as me and how long before you can see well afterwards – just comment below.
While I’m off in Wales for my granddaughter’s third birthday weekend, going by train obviously, the Molton Brown Today’s Special Value will launch and be on all day Sunday. I must say this though, it’s a big Christmas deal since it’s now October – and that means it will sell bucketloads beforehand. So don’t delay. It’s a mega bundle, buy more save more, and you can go here to see and buy it right now!
I often use Molton Brown when I am away. I have some little 100ml sizes to use up, and I’m currently using an unusual one, Kamudu – it’s a light aqua colour – at least that’s what I think it’s called, can’t really see well with this eye, ha ha!
The train took me to Devon, where I relaxed and had lots of help. Wendy, my lovely friend who used to help me run the retreats, came and got me and took me to Hatherleigh, and we met up with my delightful pal Barbara Laughton. As regulars will know, she is a legend around Sheepwash, and is the lady whose mum used to work in my Devon house when it was a shop in the mid 1900s. We had a lovely catch up and a nice lunch in The George! I would say a bit like old times, but the market has buildings that have completely gone now, being replaced gradually by houses. End of an era, for sure.
Check out the video I put on my Facebook page this week. It’s quite sad, really.
But what made me happy this week was seeing some lovely friends and having a lift from, and a coffee with, several – thank you to Caitlin and Jennie and Alex and of course Sheena. Get well soon Sheila, and her hubby Philip too. Back in October for my next retreat, fingers crossed I can drive by then!
How exciting is this! The new probiotic range from Liz Earle! And a new cleanser to boot! It takes a lot to launch a new cleanser, the first one since 1995, and it is supposed to help strengthen your skin without stripping. Looking at the skin’s balance at a micro level, helping protect and strengthen the moisture barrier and restoring the look of health to it. There is a seven day challenge – do look out for it – and the other items in the new range, containing a naturally active blend of pre-biotics, probiotics, and one that is new to me – postbiotics. Can’t wait to sell this one. There is a massive deal coming from them later in October as well. Exciting times 🙂
One person who loves Liz Earle – as it saved her skin when she was 15 and we discovered that the new body wash didn’t make her itch after she showered (turned out she was allergic to sodium laurel sulphate), is my lovely daughter Lauren. I posted this picture of her with me recently, for last week was National Daughters Day. Some lovely pictures online of everybody’s progeny! Anyway, I’m looking forward to spending the weekend with her and little Phoebe, who will be three. Lolly is passed the sickness stage now and only has another four months to go. Over halfway, exciting!
It has to be the new Bond movie, doesn’t it! But before I talk about that, which will hopefully be next week, do look out for the ITV documentary about Daniel Craig’s time as Bond. Very illuminating – from when Barbara Broccoli approached him and he didn’t initially want to do it, through how he made the role his own and had input on the plots and character foibles, thereby creating his distinct, more real, version of 007, to what happened on his final day of shooting and all the injuries he sustained doing his own stunts. I have loved him as James Bond I must say, probably my favourite of all of them. Wonder who the next one will be! Who would you like to see as Britain’s top spy?
To give us our fashion fix this week, Will sat down to talk to Miranda Holder, a stylist who’s worked with some of the biggest names in the business! Next week, we’re celebrating QVC’s birthday and Inside QVC’s second birthday, so tune in for a special interview with Jilly Halliday – spoiler alert: I do get a little mention, as me and Jilly started working at QVC in the same year! You can listen to them all here.
This weeks vlog over on my Facebook page is last night’s #Thursdaybantz – where I shared the ins and outs of the eye operation and showed them some scary photos! Go here to watch it! Also explore the rest of my Facebook posts recently, to see updates of what I get up to, away from QVC – to keep abreast of it all, just follow my social media, links below.
Book – The Darkwater Bride – an Audible original
One of the actors was on Line of Duty I believe, and I quite fancied a Victorian mystery, so I started listening to this one. Obviously, listening is easier than reading at the moment and I am an audiobook fanatic, as you may know!
Late Victorian London. When James Miller, the most respectable of Scottish businessmen, is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption. Alongside local detective Culley, Catriona’s search for her father’s killer leads all the way to the tragic truth behind the ghostly legend of The Darkwater Bride and the power of her deadly kiss…
I’ve got a long journey coming up to Wales, and from Wales, so I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into this one!
QVC top deals for the next seven days
Friday (today) – go here to see and buy what’s left of the Cozee Home hooded fluffy lounger – these are ideal presents if you’re not sure what someone’s size is!
Saturday – Time for a fabulous new Christmas tree – Santa’s Best bring us the 16 function pre-lit frosted dewdrop Christmas tree with remote control, in lots of different heights and lots of different finishes. I’m seriously tempted!
Sunday – As above, time for the Molton Brown 11-piece Ultimate Luxury Collection. On four Easy Pay interest-free instalments – already online here. 11 pieces! Don’t miss it.
Big deals are available on air for usually a week, but they may be longer online if stocks last. New ones every Sunday night, but please note these are subject to change and last-minute tweaks…
Moda in Pelle Lizeth knee high boot
Auraglow set of two Hollywood Mirror Lights
Cozee Paws Odourology Fluffy Round Pet Bed
Prai 2 Piece Ageless Night Treatment Collection
Elemis Superfood Overnight Supercharged Skin 4 Piece Collection
Neom Home Mist and Candle Essentials Duo
WynneLayers Faux Suede Shacket
And here are the new Big Deals launching on Sunday 3rd at midnight:
Nina Leonard Faux Suede with Faux Fur lining front zip Biker Jacket
Revamp Progloss Deep Form Brush with Heat Mat and 4 Sectioning Clips
Bell & Howell Set of Two 3 in 1 Multi Functional Mega Lights
Lambertz 2.1kg German Gingerbread Christmas Gift Assortment
Now back to the Today’s Special Values for the rest of the week –
Monday – The Theragun mini massage device appears, with supersoft attachment head, worth investing in because these were the originals and definitely beat cheaper copies in my opinion!
Tuesday – JM Fashion comes to QVC, with Julien McDonald’s jersey military shirt with pockets. ‘Star by Julien McDonald’ from Debenhams was one of my earliest designer brands that I bought for myself when I was a lot slimmer. Looking forward to seeing this one!
Thursday – It’s the Percy & Reed 10 year anniversary and they bring us a 10-piece collection with three gift bags – perfect for thinking about all those gift occasions between now and Christmas! After all, we are in the countdown now, since QVC regularly features Christmas present ideas from early October, right the way through till yuletide!
Friday – Fashion time again, with the Joules Newdale quilted coat. A great brand and a brilliant opportunity to buy into it at the one-day only price.
Friday 9pm – standby for the launch of the Le Creuset cast iron casserole and grill pan set with cookbook. Going on sale earlier in the week and will be popular, because it always is. These items usually come in separate boxes, so keep one and gift one!
Next week – what happened at my granddaughter’s third birthday party in Wales! How the eye is getting on, nearly 2 weeks after the operation. And a conference in Manchester… If I make it! As mentioned, I’m due back at QVC around Sunday the 10th!