I’ve had a lovely weekend away since my last blog – I went to Whitby! It was a long-awaited reunion with two of my oldest friends, Dione and Gillian. We met in our first year at university, at Trinity College, Dublin, and we’ve been friends ever since, so for almost 40 years now. We normally have a weekend away together every year, but the pandemic scuppered that for the past two years, so we were so excited to be able to finally meet up and spend some quality time together.
I’d never been to Whitby before – we chose it because Gillian lives in Edinburgh, I’m in Gloucestershire and Dione lives in Kent, so we wanted somewhere roughly equidistant. I’m sure lots of you know it, but I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and was so very pleasantly surprised. I love Yorkshire anyway, and I love being by the sea, so it was the perfect choice. We spent some delightful hours wandering around the cobbled streets, admiring the Gothic architecture and climbing up the East Cliff to the ruins of Whitby Abbey (which was actually Bram Stoker’s inspiration for Dracula!). It’s clearly a very popular place for a day trip – it was VERY busy on the Saturday – so next time I would probably visit a little bit more out of season, but it was still a wonderful weekend.
It was great to have the time out because life is very busy at the moment. I have been part of a team working on a huge project at work for the past year, and that is just reaching its culmination, so I will be very excited to be able to share that with you very soon. I also have my new book The Murder List coming out next week, and I’m in the final weeks of training for my next big charity ultramarathon in mid-June. And then of course there is all the everyday work at QVC, which is as busy and fun as always!
I always love working with my buddy Ruth Langsford, and she has her latest Today’s Special Value offer coming up over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend (it launches on Friday night; I’m off that day, but I will be with her on-air for two hours from 11 am on Saturday). This time she’s bringing us the perfect summer jumper, a gorgeous, lightweight, cotton-rich V-neck style (it has a V at both the front and the back). It’s actually a cotton/viscose mix but has the appearance of linen knitwear and is super soft and comfortable. There’s a fabulous choice of colours too: Cornflower Blue, Candy Pink, Citrus, Orange Sorbet, White or Navy.
The other offer I have my eye on over the next week is an excellent combined Today’s Special Value offer from Ultrasun and Skinsense. The brands are both brought to us by Abi Cleeve, and this time she has put them together in a 5-Piece Anti-Pigmentation Collection. From Skinsense, there’s a very exciting new anti-pigmentation perfecting serum, plus the highly active day cream and my favourite double strength retinol serum. And then from Ultrasun, we’ll get the anti-pigmentation face SPF 50 and another of my favourites, the anti-pigmentation handcream with SPF 25. You may have seen me talking about this on-air and showing you the amazing results I have had on my hands! It isn’t always in stock so I’m so excited to see it in this collection. If pigmentation is an issue for you, as it is for me, I can’t recommend these products highly enough. The offer launches on Tuesday night and will be on air through the day on Wednesday, or while stocks last.
That’s it for now – I hope you have some nice plans for the Jubilee weekend. I will be working the Saturday and Sunday, but I have the Thursday and Friday off and I’m hoping to get together with some friends and enjoy some live music and celebrations in one of our local parks, which should be fun. Whatever you’re doing, I hope you have a lovely relaxing time.
See you soon!
Love, Jackie x