How is everyone? I’m writing this as the sun streams in through the window on another beautiful day… at least the weather has been behaving itself, eh? And the wildlife family in our back garden keeps on growing, which is rather wonderful. I’ve mentioned the birds before – we get so many, attracted mainly by Richard Jackson’s bird food I think – and we’ve now added the lovely little nesting box from Wildlife World which I’m hoping will have some inhabitants soon. We always had a blue tit family nesting in our old garden so I really want one in our new garden too!
That nesting box is currently on waitlist for the pink version on the QVC website by the way; I was lucky enough to nab the grey one before it sold out. We do have some other cute nesting boxes though if you need one. Anyway, our garden wildlife family also includes two very fat wood pigeons we call Jack and Vera (I’m a die-hard Corrie fan), two cheeky squirrels (yes I know they’re technically vermin but they are so entertaining to watch), a fox (also cute to look at although I did find a big pile of feathers in the garden the other day which wasn’t very cute at all), and now, very excitingly, a HEDGEHOG!
I kept finding droppings on the lawn and wasn’t sure what was leaving them so I looked it up on a “wildlife poo identification” website (yes, I’m having wild times during lockdown!) and realised it was a hedgehog. Then my husband spotted him/her on the patio the other night. I now might have to buy some dog food, despite not having a dog, as that’s what they like to eat, don’t they? I might even get a hedgehog house. There are fewer than a million hedgehogs left in the UK and their numbers have declined significantly in recent years so it’s wonderful to have one living nearby.My new book The Perfect Couple came out last Friday and to my joy and astonishment went careering up the Amazon charts… as I write this it’s at number 22 on the Kindle chart and number one on many of the crime charts so I’m absolutely thrilled to bits! Of course I haven’t been able to do any book events but technology came to the rescue again and I was able to do a Facebook live event on my publisher’s page with my editor Kathryn and marketing manager Melanie, all sitting at home in different parts of the country, which was great fun!I’ve still been trying to get my running in too, and am so lucky to live right on the edge of the Cotswolds which means that five minutes from my house there are empty fields, hills and woods where I can run and not bump into a single person. This is quite fortunate, as last week I was nominated not once but THREE times for the “Run5Donate5Nominate5” Run for Heroes challenge – that’s run 5km, donate £5, nominate 5 more people.
It’s to raise money for NHS Charities Together, which is paying for things like travel, car parking, accommodation and well-being packs for NHS staff working on the frontline. That meant I had to run 15km in total so I did just over 6km on the Friday and another 10km on the Saturday which covered it – DONE, Julia Roberts and Carly from Together fashion, who were two of the three who nominated me!
Don’t forget too that QVC is raising money for the National Emergencies Trust, with an initial donation of £50,000 and then a further £2 for every £1 you donate – you can find more information here.
Until next week, lots of love,