Well I was working most of Easter weekend, but I did manage to FaceTime both babies and it was lovely to see them. I had done a big parcel of goodies that I sent up to daughter Lolly in Wales, and little Phoebe loved the felt Easter basket that she wore as a hat, and some other bits and pieces like a unicorn pencil case I filled up with little fluffy cake decoration chicks! Other granddaughter, three-year-old Blake, visited a bunny in London, who apparently loved her, and she had her big parcel from me the weekend before. Thank goodness for FaceTime! At least it won’t be long now before I am able to drive to Wales and catch up with my daughter and family. Can’t wait for things to get back to normal, I’m sure you’re the same.
Well, at least we managed to celebrate my niece’s birthday with an outdoor tea party. Mind you, it was on one of the days that was absolutely freezing (see top pic)! Becky and her bubble, including my sister, managed to brave the cold, including an outside chimenea to keep the edge off the Arctic chill! Blooming lockdown birthdays.
Got to the Epsom grandstand this week and was confronted with this in the staffroom! What a lovely thought. So nice being a volunteer. Well done to anyone who spotted me and thank you to those who messaged when my photo appeared on the little ad break during Ant and Dec on Saturday night – thanking the jabs army team. Plus, thanks to Mike Ridley, the journalist, and hi to his wife Sue, as she watches QVC! Mike did a volunteers pull out in the Sun last weekend, and the back page featured five of my family who all help out!
Behind-the-scenes in the garden show special last weekend, Jilly popped up halfway through to launch the Women with Control Today’s Special Value jeans. I liked them so much I bought another three pairs! Good job I did, as they sold out early.
One of my favourite denim jackets is this one though, from Denim & Co.. I wore the pink one last week and also have the blue one and the white one! 177300 – with 221 five star reviews! Now I have my eye on the yellow one… I do love some of our fashions, don’t you!?
Watch – The Mauritanian, Amazon Prime
Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch, with a Guantánamo Bay wronged-detainee defence case… superb acting, including the guy playing the alleged ‘terrorist’, Tahar Rahim (amazing). It’s very compelling. I’ve watched lots of Jodie Foster films over the years and always look out for them. Plenty of Cumberbatch ones have been good as well, but she always makes a good film. Some uncomfortable viewing, and leaves lots of questions un-answered, but really well-made, and based on true life. Well worth a watch. Eight out of ten.
Nothing like getting the giggles on set!
Will brings us the final part of The Garden Escape series this week, as Micheal Perry to Tim Kerley and Peter Van Rijssen about plant breeding. You can listen to them all here.
What amazingly diverse weather we had this week! This was the balcony on Sunday! Really warm, then on Tuesday, there were tiny flurries of snow believe it or not! Only in England, eh?!
Book of the week
The Last Thing to Burn, by Will Dean, was recommended to me by my friend, writer Kate Baker. She said this was a book that stayed with her for days afterwards. So I got it and I’m looking forward to it!
“She lives in a small farm cottage, surrounded by vast, open fields. Everywhere she looks, there is space. But she is trapped. No one knows how she got to the UK: no one knows she is there. Visitors rarely come to the farm; if they do, she is never seen.
For a long time, escape seemed impossible. But now, something has changed. She has a reason to live and a reason to fight. Now, she is watching him and waiting…”
It’s next on my list, hopefully I will get the chance to listen to it when I am out walking, like on the little holiday next week!
QVC top deals for the next seven days
Friday (today) – go here to see and buy what’s left of the new Skechers Go Walk Arch Fit sandal, as our fashion event continues. The elasticated straps make them very good for wider feet. Springy footbed too. Go see!
Saturday – time for a lovely Ruth Langsford ruched detail midi dress in different lengths and super colours! Launching tonight at 9pm. (Friday 9th.)
Sunday – already online here, it’s the next brilliant bargain from Elemis. A five-piece Pro-Collagen Energise & Renew face and body collection. Options are ‘Sea Lavender &Samphire’, or ‘British Botanicals’. It features a Shower Cream and a Body Milk in those fragrances, plus three super face products, one of which is the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream in SPF 30. I’m delighted to see this sun protection version of the award-winning moisturiser, great for the sunnier weather! And an amazing way to buy it as well, because it is massive value. Plus you can get it home for just £13.39 plus postage then another four Easy Payments of the same. With a three year shelf life, lots of people stock up with a TSV, don’t miss it.
Big Deals are available on air for usually a week, they may be longer online if stocks last. New ones every Sunday night!
Tili metallic make-up organiser vanity medium case
Denim & Co. stretch linen blend jacket
Monsoon Darella short sleeved print midi dress
Yard-X 5 in 1 Garden Multi Tool
Auraglow indoor LED plant grow light
8Greens Skin Tablets with marine collagen
And here are the new Big Deals launching on Sunday 11th at midnight:
Michele Hope long sleeve jersey cardigan with double chiffon trim hemline and camisole set
Liz Earle six-piece Complete Botanical Beauty Collection
Set of two varifocal sunglasses
Kipling Hadiza medium satchel shoulder bag
Now back to the Today’s Special Values for the rest of the week:
Monday – another big gardening offer with Hayloft Plants 6 × 9cm Begonia Limitless in pots. I have the midnight Sunday show with Michael Perry, yay! And I also have the 11pm Liz Earle hour Monday night, as well as the midnight airing of…
Tuesday – …the Cook’s Essentials four-piece non-stick cookware set with silicone handles. It’s been a long time since we had one, so look out for it!
Wednesday – Mally make-up time, with a five-piece All Over Glow Full Face collection, at a very reasonable price. Mally is such fun too! Looking forward to it.
Thursday – Kim rocks it again with a turn of the deluxe denim jacket, to go with her deluxe denim jeggings maybe! The Kim & Co jacket will fly.
Friday – time for a beautiful watch, the Diamonique Chain Link Bracelet Watch in stainless steel, beset with our pretty simulated diamonds, specially for Diamonique day.
Friday 9pm – and going on sale earlier in the week, and launching 9pm Friday night, the L’Occitane Almond Top to Toe collection. From the hand cream to the body milk to the body lotion, and the Almond Shower Oil, which becomes a beautiful cleansing milk, this will be really popular! You can get it early, from mid-week latest. Plus, look out for a super new upright vacuum cleaner.
Next week – a trip to Hastings for the first holiday in ages, just a couple of nights in a caravan in the place I went on holiday when I was a child. Looking forward to it!