As we head towards the end of yet another extraordinary week, I’m sure ours wasn’t the only family to take to our doorstep last night at 8pm to ‘Clap for the NHS’. We really do owe them a debt of gratitude for what they are having to face on a daily basis. We live on a quiet lane but we could still hear the applause ringing out and the flash of the torch. At the end of my little video was our neighbours who joined in, despite both being quite elderly. Thank goodness my wrist is sufficiently healed to allow me to join in and well done to Jilly for leading the appreciation live on air on QVC.
It has been very difficult for me cheering my colleagues on from the sidelines while I’ve been recuperating from my ankle operation and broken wrist, but I’m pleased to say that I should be back to join my ‘team’ next Thursday April 2nd, which means I hope to be presenting Fashion on Friday next week for the first time since January 10th. I feel it is so important at this time to be able to turn on a channel you are familiar with and see smiling faces trying to put a smile on yours. You don’t need to be shopping with us but of course you can, as I’ve been doing over the past few weeks in particular since my operation. I now have a greater understanding of those of you who regard QVC as a lifeline because you are housebound and not just for the independence of being able to choose things for yourself rather than relying on other people but also in terms of the company in your home.
Talking of QVC shopping, I ordered some Churchill’s biscuits in pretty daffodil decorated tins for both our mums for Mother’s Day. Like all the other mums, it wasn’t celebrated in quite the same way as usual with the family coming around for dinner or all of us going out for lunch. In fact, I discouraged Chris from getting me my usual bouquet of flowers so that he didn’t need to make an unnecessary trip out. Instead he picked these gorgeous daffodils from the garden, which are beautifully fragrant incidentally, courtesy of the de Jager bulbs I planted last autumn. Our garden is filled with daffodils, grape hyacinth and some early miniature tulips and the weather has been so sunny over the past few days our lawn has had its first mow of the season.
I did have a bouquet of flowers from Sophie and her family. She came round to give them to me but didn’t come into the house, instead leaving them on the decking along with her card for me. We had a chat from a distance, as I’m sure a lot of you did, before she headed home with a table and chairs we had been storing for her as she needed them for her step children’s home schooling, and also a piece of exercise equipment to set up in her garden. I’ve had to arrange the photo of my cards carefully so as not to offend anyone with one of the words on my son’s card – I found it very amusing and accurate actually! I also had this beautiful heart-shaped candle with a fragrance of coconut and sandalwood.
Along with watching QVC and maybe binge-watching a few box sets, I wonder what else you are doing to keep yourselves busy? We did an online pub quiz last night, which was actually great fun and showed great initiative from the guy who hosted it from his front room. I won’t reveal our actual score but we did manage to get more than half the questions right, which is something I guess. I hope some of you took advantage of me making Time for a Short Story free for five days from last weekend. As promised, I’m going to make all my self-published books free on ebook for five days continuing with Life’s a Beach and Then from tomorrow, if you haven’t already read it. I was also reading on Instagram that Jackie Kabler has started a virtual book club if you’re interested in all things bookish.
Last week I shared a photo of Wilfie basking in the sunshine, his favourite thing to do, and I thought you might like to see his version of self-isolating in a drawer.
Unfortunately, because of the latest restrictions my physiotherapist has had to close for the time being. We are planning on hooking up via email or phone so that she can give me the next stage of rehab exercises. I have very tentatively been on my Aeropilates machine this week – just a few exercises to start with but it has really helped me feel as though I am getting ‘back to normal’, at least in regard to general fitness, although there is a long way to go for my ankle.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who is struggling to remember what day of the week it is at the moment, and something else to remember is that the clocks go forward this weekend. I’ve seen some people suggest that we put them forward four months – it would be great if we could, but unfortunately it’s not going to be that easy. Stay safe, and if all goes to plan I’ll see you on QVC next Thursday.