What a surprise I got down in Devon, during last week’s retreat week, when I went to pick up some provisions in the local grocers shop and saw a little field full of frolicking lambs! They had even put a little seesaw and some tunnels for them to play with. They came running over and were really friendly. So I did a little Vlog – go here to see more!
Bless!! Sights and sounds of the countryside, and I had them in abundance this week again, part of my ‘other life’. Spent a fair bit of time seeing friends and wondering what will happen when the viewings start this weekend!
And guess who else came down with me this week because her new family were holidaying nearby in a caravan without easy-to-climb old-Labrador-steps? Yes, Daisy dog! It was just like old times when I was in the studio watching TV at night with her snoring alongside me on the floor. Bless her heart!!
Also had a blooming lovely group of writers, three of whom I knew from previously, so it was lovely to catch up. And two new ones who are very welcome. This is one of the favourite meals. Our signature dish!** I do love running these weeks. Let’s see what the future holds.
How restful is this? My lovely cherry trees in blossom down the bottom of the garden. Only happens in spring, filled with buzzy bees when they are not being blown around by the breeze. Thought I’d share it with you 🙂
My goodness me, look at the scale of this enormous tree that fell down in our garden at my flats. Thank goodness nobody was injured but everyone is sheltering indoors because of the storm. I know I featured this before but I thought I’d show you the scale with this photograph. It’s absolutely enormous, isn’t it?! What should we do with it? Any suggestions? Leave me a comment below.
When I was 14 I had a best friend called Denise Barnhurst and, guess what, she came to visit me this week! She’s been living down under for many years but has returned to the UK in the last few years so we’ve been catching up big time. We went for a little walk around the grounds and she was amazed at how beautiful the place is. Denise is one of those friends that I can talk to after a big gap and it’s like no time has passed. So nice to see my lovely friends, and I will be seeing two more soon, as well.
Watch – Hacks – on Prime
Oh my goodness what an excellent show – it was nominated for three Grammy awards, and I can see why. Following the fortunes of Deborah Vance, a past-her-best headliner in Vegas, with a dysfunctional family and an entourage of mismatched characters. A desperate down-on-her-luck gobby joke-writer takes a job writing punchlines for her, and the conflict begins. And the funniest thing is – Deborah Vance also has her own line of accessories on … QVC! (Fictional obvs but QVC US gets lots of mentions!) Very original and highly sassy. You have to watch it, really highly recommended!
Also – I know I may be late to the party but one afternoon I went to see my friend Alix in Devon who was obsessing over the 9th season of MAFS – Married At First Sight: Australia! She was just up to the point where they have commitment ceremony number five, full of ‘This is unprecedented’ moments and if you’ve watched it you’ll know what I mean! Now I think I want to watch more to see what happens to Dion and also to the 24-hour couple. Reminds me of when I was at home with Lauren and these types of shows were our regular entertainment because Brad had left for uni. She and I used to bond over Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity and other reality shows. Not long now till we all spend a week together at Center Parcs in May for my big 60th birthday! Can’t wait. Meanwhile I’ll carry on watching MAFS, I think!
This week on the podcast Will Gowing spoke to Michelle Feeney, founder of fragrance brand Floral Street. Next week he’ll have chef and QVC kitchen expert Gail Samways with him. You can listen to them all here.
Book of the week – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Really enjoyed demolishing ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’. Regulars will remember I loved ‘Great Circle’ and this is reminiscent – a young girl-done-good, against-all-odds story spanning the 50s and 60s, with an interesting timeline. Following the fortunes of a swamp girl in Carolina, excluded from society, and the make-or-break relationships she tries to build. Really beautifully written. Loved it. Highly recommended.
QVC top deals for the next seven days
Friday (today) – go here to see and buy what’s left of the Skechers Reggae Slim Sandal – perfect for Summer!
Saturday – also already online, the new Ruth Langsford cropped relaxed Jeans – different lengths and an incredible price! Go here to see more…
Sunday – And the final item already online is the Tan-Luxe three-piece rejuvenating tanning collection, see more here.
Big Deals are available on air for usually a week, they may be longer online if stocks last. New ones every Sunday night! Subject to change!
Triforce Cape Town large cabin and vanity case set
K by Kelly Hoppen Geometric Indoor Outdoor Reversible Rug
Smoothskin PURE Ultrafast IPL Hair Removal Device
OPI six-piece Halo-Day Ready collection with bag
Prai 24k Gold Bee Collection Trio
Helene Berman Cotton Tweed Edge to Edge Jacket with Pockets
Badgley Mischka Blouson Shirt
Kim & Co zip detail 3/4 sleeve tunic
Northern Nights set of two PUR feather pillows with gusset
And here are the new Big Deals launching on Sunday 10th at midnight:
Dannii Minogue Printed Drawstring Waist Skirt
Liz Earle 5 Piece Botanical Beauty Regime
8Greens Daily Greens Effervescent Tablets Mixed Flavours 60 days Supply
JM Fashion by Julien Macdonald Chiffon Overlay Tunic with Trim Detail
Now back to the Today’s Special Values for the rest of the week:
Monday – Summer Fashion day sees Masai Dalis bring us the Printed Short Sleeve Jersey Top.
Tuesday – M.Asam return with the latest Retinol set – 28 days ampules plus 24 Hr cream PLUS eye cream. Proven to be one of the most transformational things you can do with your skin for a more radiant complexion, and the appearance of fewer wrinkles – With a 60 day money back guarantee you could use the whole course, but you will love it I’m sure!
Wednesday – sees the return of the Cubii seated elliptical trainer, which is amazing if you’re buying for someone who is sedentary or you just want to get some more activities under your belt – whilst you watch the TV! They don’t come much lower than a today’s special value price either. Look out for it.
Thursday – and with the hope of some warm weather, the Bell and Howell adjustable folding rechargeable fan is back on Thursday.
Friday – Good Friday – Women with Control tummy control prime stretch denim cropped trousers return in another formation – this time with front pockets and a crossover waistband, plus different lengths. These are so comfortable people swear by them! Look out for them!
Friday 9pm – Thompson and Morgan clematis Taiga will be launching for Saturday – in a tower pot, for your delight and spring delectation on a day of Easter offers.
Next week – The dreaded eye operation! Theoretically it takes two days to recover from a cataract operation (that I needed six months after the detached retina gas bubble op). So I will tell you all about it then! Have a great week.
** Tahini sauce marinated kale, butternut squash with chilli flakes, spring onions, avocado, feta, toasted sunflower seeds, plus I add a jacket potato and a corn on the cob and a little asparagus! Yum