Oh my goodness, look at the size of this foxglove! I’ve never seen anything like it. Yes, it’s in a one-foot raised bed, but it’s still around six feet tall, I think. Seems a good year for foxgloves, as so many have done well. I discovered this when I returned to my home in Devon for only the second time since March. Had too much to sort out, including a leaky gutter and the post.
When I did that night’s live Facebook sing-song (a Dionne Warwick special!) several people asked what it was like to be back, and it was actually nice, but a bit weird. At one point, I had to really think carefully where the plates were and where I kept my tea towels! Menopause brain plus not having been there for a month… I’m actually going to make it into a holiday let at some point, if I get the flat I want down in Surrey next to Mum and sister. These weird times have made me re-evaluate and it means that I would like to spend some of the next few years with my mum and family. Good news for some people, being able to see more of their family this week as well. We will get there in the end.
I must say I had the most wonderful sleep in my Sealy bed, I really noticed the difference! Find the range here.
Took advantage of the cavernous kitchen and the good acoustics back home in Devon, for three consecutive sing-songs as well. With the rain hammering down, of course! Thank you to those who keep me company when I am doing my nightly live sing-a-longs. Very nice to hear from those who leave a lovely comment saying how much they appreciate it during these weird times. My boss loves to see them, so I forward him some. This Saturday we will hit #day80! If you have anything general you would like me to pass on, just leave a comment below, or on my social media, which is at the bottom of this blog.
I went back to some very rainy walks and a very wet inspection of the garden. Here is the Facebook link to the vlog I did when I went on my first trip round the courtyard – if only the heavens had made it bright!
Lovely neighbours Chris and Jane have been looking after it all for me and it looks amazing. I can’t thank them enough. Managed to hook up with a couple of friends from a distance while I was down there as well, so it was a week well spent. Hope you’ve had a good week too.
Thank goodness for Facebook groups. I arrived in Devon (going home for first time in months to sort out some issues including a leaky gutter) and took my wonderful recipe box ingredients… and forgot the recipe book! Lovely lady on their Facebook page photographed the recipe and this is what I ended up with! Wonderful non-dairy lentil moussaka type dish! It will probably keep me going for a couple of days! Yummy.
Tarte’s new foundation
Supplied with a fabulous high-quality brush for applying, this new foundation from Tarte was on my show the other day with Shanna, live from America. I was very impressed. It’s from the Shape Tape stable, not too powdery, not too greasy, good coverage, feels very smooth against the skin. I’ve ordered one to try in the Tan Sand option. Since I have a bit more of a tan! Highly recommended 🙂
Look what I did with an upside-down hanging basket, to stop the pigeons from eating all of Richard Jackson’s expensive bird food! There are so many around the place I’m staying at the moment in London, and they keep appearing in the back garden, devouring anything at the drop of a crumb! Have to remember to pick it up again at night-time though, because otherwise the mice will think I’ve laid them out a banquet! If I move into the nice new flat I may be getting near my mum and sister, it has a very long balcony, so I will be able to have a proper food bird feeding station!
Podcast – This week’s is with the hilarious guest Jemma Forte. She is one of my favourites and I love Molton Brown anyway. Find out more about her with Will’s in-depth interview that you can listen to here!
I have to say I am loving ‘The Crown’ at the moment, it is my latest binge watch. Claire Foy is immaculate as our monarch in her earlier years. I am almost at the end of season two and looking forward very much to watching one of my favourite actresses, Olivia Colman, in the third. I love learning about history, even if they creators actually manipulate events very slightly. But it makes me look them up to see what really happened, so I learn as I go. It even helped me get a quiz question right in Sunday night’s family quiz: “what year did Marlon Brando die, and Anthony Eden become prime minister ” (say the answer at the bottom!)
Have any of you seen Madam Secretary? Would you recommend it for me next? If not, what kind of quite compelling box set, that is maybe only three seasons long, would you recommend? I don’t want to get into something that’s been going forever! Leave me a message below.
Happy anniversary Katy John and husband
If you watched us in the early days you will remember Katy John, my lovely fellow presenter. Well Katy posted this on Facebook this week – happy 30th anniversary to her and Andy! She shared some lovely photos and said they met when they were 13 and are still besotted with each other after all this time. We were all going to meet up at QVC before the madness kicked in, so fingers crossed we will get to do so later in the year 🙂 Suzanne Evett, Kara Tritton, Jilly, Julia, and me. And possibly Paul Lavers if we can get him in between his acting jobs. Lots of reminiscing! It’s now 20 years since I left QVC the first time. I can’t believe it. I was there for six years when it first opened and made some great friends. We had some really good times.
Book of the week
“The Beekeeper of Aleppo” by Christy Lefteri. On Sunday week, I have my next online book club with my lovely friend Shyama Perera and pals, and this is the book that has been chosen. Since I love science fiction, time travel, romance and period dramas, it would not have been at the top of my list, but I think it’s always good to rise to the challenge. The write-ups make it sound very appealing and what stands out most is the skill of the author, Christy Lefteri, in running a dual timeline and in subtlety, rather than being too blatant and over-writing, this painful yet hopefully uplifting story of a man and his wife fleeing their homeland and finding each other again. Looking forward to it enormously.
Next seven days on QVC
Friday – Fashion event day, Friday and also Saturday. Marie Françoise is back with a Kipling Anzo premium triple compartment multiway bag, go here to see and buy it as quickly as you can in case it is almost unavailable!
Saturday – A super WynneLayers crepe dolman tunic shirt dress. Such a good price as well. And join me at 9pm when I launch…
Sunday – …the LAB Jawline Definer anti-ageing system. Looking forward to seeing Abby Horne work her magic on yet another marvellous invention from Charlotte and Lauren, the scientists at LAB.
Also, on Sunday, do join me at 6pm for an hour of today’s top tech, I can’t wait!
Big Deals old and new
Also the Big Deals end every Sunday night, here are the current ones…
Silk’n LED transforming mirror with speaker and magnetic 5x mirror
Thermapulse Relief Wrap
JML Chillmax Air personal space cooler and humidifier
This Works AM and PM two-piece Skin Boosting collection
SBC three-piece Summertime Skincare collection
JPE Fit-Over Catty sungalsses
Cook’s Essentials 1.8L compact mini airfryer
Ultrasun three-piece Tinted Glow collection
And here are the new big deals launching on Sunday 31st at midnight and lasting only one week:
Ultrasun three-piece Tinted Glow collection
Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick 24cm & 30cm shallow frying pan set
Cook’s Essentials 1.8L compact mini airfryer
Monday – The Grumpy Gardner multi-headed Rake Broom is here! And several gardening shows during the day. I’m on at teatime with fashion.
Tuesday – A wonderful chance to get a really amazing price on one of my favourite products – the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer. It’s in the Mayan Vanilla and Orange Blossom fragrance and you don’t just get that, you get three other items as well!
Wednesday – Shark return with another chance to get their ever popular Duo Clean Anti-Hair Wrap Vacuum on a 60 day trial with our Money-Back Guarantee!
Thursday – Time to get tanned, with a two-piece Super Glow Hyaluronic Serum collection from Tan Luxe. It goes on sale earlier in the week so look out for it.
Friday – it’s a very special offer because it’s a six-piece from Tili, which many of you may already know about, although it doesn’t make much of an appearance on the screen. It’s a Skincare Celebration collection so good chance to try different brands. Especially for beauty month!
And don’t forget in June, you can buy any Elemis using code ELEM3Z or any Ultrasun using code ULTRA3, on Easy Pay instalments. Just pick what you want and put the code in at the checkout online.
Friday 9pm – The Ruth Langsford belted midi dress in different lengths is also going on sale early in the week. Here is a picture of it, and I have seen lots of them hanging up for the girls in the dressing rooms – there are some very pretty options. Great price too!
Next week – More pictures from Devon and of my first meeting with my lovely little girl Blake, since the restrictions relaxed allowing me to go see one other household as a singelton! Yay for being single! Lol.
Lots of love,