The first poppy of the summer always brings a lump to my throat as it reminds me that we no longer have my beautiful cat, Poppy. We lost her just over two years ago, at the grand old age of twenty-two years and nine months and we have an enamel poppy in the garden to permanently mark where she lies. But when the real ones start flowering, I find myself thinking of what a lovely natured cat she was and how accepting she was when we first got Wilfie. I think he missed her terribly for the first few months, constantly going to the places where she used to sleep. So, this week, instead of the usual photo of Wilfie (he still hasn’t played football by the way) I thought I’d post one of our beautiful girl… I hope there are lots of flowers with her in cat heaven.
I don’t know how anyone else’s poppies are doing this year, but mine are going crazy! I only ever planted one, but we have loads of self-sets and they are all smothered in buds. We have a very colourful few weeks ahead, as not only will the poppies be out, but I’ve also ordered the ‘Gardening Pick of the Month’ osteospermums… two lots, actually, to fill in any gaps.
My garden has been the best ever this spring and I was so chuffed with the alliums I’ve grown for the first time, I featured them in the picture round of my new iQVC quiz on my @JuliaRobertsTV Facebook page, the first of which was last Monday.
I wonder if any off you stopped by to test your QVC knowledge and if so, how highly you scored? My presenter boss tells me he scored 43 out of 50 and that’s with insider information! He correctly guessed who this baby has grown in to – can you?
There will be more ‘young’ presenter photos on this week’s quiz but not necessarily naked!!!! If you enjoy quizzing, do join me at 8 p.m. on Monday.
However, before that, I have my Friday night reading, also at 8 p.m. So far, I’ve read self-penned short stories, but tonight will be a bit different… I’ve been given permission to read the beginning of my latest book a week ahead of publication. So, if you like my DCI Rachel Hart series and fancy a taster, join me later on my Facebook page.
This is a working weekend for me and of course it’s a long one as it’s Bank Holiday on Monday. We have a day-long ‘Got To Have It’ event with themed Home, Beauty and Fashion Got To Have It shows – the Today’s Special Value that day is a Skechers slider sandal, ideal for outdoors but also a good option for summer slippers. There are also general Got To Have It shows and I’ve noticed that Lee Hohbein is a guest for these so expect some fantastic electrical items. Speaking of which, we have a Nokia smartphone Today’s Special Value tomorrow. I’m sure I’m not the only one who had a Nokia in the early days of mobile phones. Mine was a 3210 – how about you? I had a brilliant ‘flower power’ case on it with the word ‘FAB’ – I wish I’d kept it. The Today’s Special Value couldn’t be more different from those early offerings and you can check it out on air from 9 p.m. tonight.
This Sunday, we have a beauty Today’s Special Value. If you need more volume in your hair, the collection from Tweak’d might be right up your street. I was chatting to Eilidh at work yesterday, from a safe distance of course, and she was saying how much her hair liked the treatment. My issue is not so much volume but the rate at which my hair grows, meaning we had to do another self-colour treatment. I say ‘we’, but Dan’s girlfriend, Katie, did it for me. Once again, she did a very professional job and we tried a different brand this time, which has grabbed well, giving better root coverage so I will be able to rest my Color Wow for at least a couple of weeks.
There is another beauty Today’s Special Value coming up next Wednesday, this time from Laura Geller. It’s ‘The Champions Four-Piece Collection’ and has four hero products in it: Timeless Skin is the latest addition to the Spackle primer range, Balance-n-Brighten Foundation in your choice of colour, Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla and Italian Marble Lipstick in Honey Bun.
It’s already available on our website to pre-order at under £45 and has the benefit of two interest-free Easy Pay instalments. I have a whole hour of Laura Geller at 3 p.m. on Wednesday – it would be great to have your company.
One or two of you have been asking for some of the recipes of my recent baking, so here are my coconut tarts:
4 oz self-raising flour
4 oz wholemeal
2 oz trex white fat
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons of cold water
2 oz margarine
2 oz caster sugar
1 medium egg
1 and a half oz desiccated coconut
Half oz self-raising flour
Mix flours and salt in large bowl and rub in butter and trex to create breadcrumb texture. Using a knife, mix in the cold water to form a dough. Turn out on floured surface and roll out fairly thinly. Using a cutter cut 12 rounds and place in a patty tin. Place half a teaspoon of jam in the bottom of each. (Use remaining pastry to make jam tarts or a jam turnover).
Cream margarine and sugar until smooth, then add egg and beat lightly. Stir in coconut and flour then spoon over jam to completely cover.
Bake for 20 mins at 180 degrees, (170 degrees fan), gas mark 4.
We didn’t have a movie night this week, as Wednesday evening was so warm that we decided to stay outside listening to music after an al fresco dinner, but normal service will be resumed once the weather changes.
So finally, the most recent photo of my tree fern. It’s impressive how much it has grown when you think of the first picture from around a month ago. And I also promised you an update on the progress of my Richard Jackson lilies. I’m actually a bit worried that I may not have planted them deep enough as they seem to have sprouted quite quickly, but that will remain to be seen.
I hope you all have a good Bank Holiday weekend and remember to join me on my Facebook page for the book reading tonight or the iQVC quiz on Monday, or both if you’re looking for something different to keep you amused.