How is everyone? I write this on a sunshiny May morning – doesn’t nice weather make everything that’s going on just that bit more bearable? It’s definitely the little things that are making us feel more cheerful at the moment I think… a blue sky, a phone call with a friend, a nice slice of cake. I celebrated a lockdown birthday a couple of weeks ago and some bubbly and pizza at home was enough to make it feel special; I think this strange period has made me realise how little I really need to make me happy.
My garden definitely makes me very happy and I was excited to see the arrival in the post of the big fruit and veg collection which was the recent Today’s Special Value offer from Thompson & Morgan. We built some raised veg beds a while ago, down at the back of the garden in an area we call “The Jungle”, and I’m now attempting to grow gooseberries, raspberries, strawberries, leeks, lettuces and garlic. I’ll let you know how I get on!
We have a lot of birds in our garden and although actual fruit won’t appear for a while I suspect the birds might take an interest when it does. So I thought I’d get ahead and get some sort of scarecrow as a deterrent. I’d seen this hanging monkey online and wondered if it might work. He’s now hanging happily in The Jungle and hopefully the birds will stay at the other end of the garden and leave my fruit alone – we shall see!
Staying with nature I came across a lovely sight on one of my runs recently – an area of woodland I often run through is suddenly carpeted with blue (pictured above). How beautiful wild bluebells are!
I also want to say a thank you this week to a little girl called Molly. There’s an Instagram page which features “models of media folk made using stuff from your house”, and this photo has appeared of me, made by “Molly, aged 10”. Molly, if you see this thank you so much, I absolutely love it! I particularly love my hair (it won’t look that good in real life very soon with all the salons still closed, help! Hopefully my naturally dark hair now has enough grey in it to blend in with the blonde or I’ll soon look like a badger. Oh well… we’re all in the same boat).
By the way did you see the little fun video some of us presenters and guests presenters made for International Dance Day? If you’re not on social media like Facebook or Instagram you may have missed it so I thought I’d share it here. Dancing definitely lifts the spirits (even if you’re RUBBISH at it, like me!).
And finally if you fancy treating yourself to some nice foodie goodies this month, don’t forget that QVC is running a FOOD3Z promotion right through May. The code gives you three interest-free instalments on selected food and drink items so do have a browse on the website. I’ve got my eye on Mrs Forman’s Baked Cheesecakes…yum!
Stay safe and keep smiling. We’re getting there.
Love Jackie x