I’m going to start this blog by congratulating Jan Blount for winning the competition I set last week. Jan correctly guessed, along with hundreds of you, that the answer was indeed 753 BC! Amazing to think there’s such a history behind eye makeup!
The Revitalash is on its on its way to you – let me know how you get on with it won’t you? Many thanks to all those of you who took the time out to enter the competition, and I am already on the lookout for something equally tempting as a prize for this month!
This last week has seen me dashing about the place like a mad thing – no change there then! – but also spending a fair amount of time at the computer working on my book. Nearly 30,000 words to date, and feeling quite optimistic about increasing that number : ) I’ve always enjoyed writing, and English was definitely my favourite subject at school, unlike maths and art, both of which I really struggled with.
My friend Jo however, had a natural ability to turn a plain sheet of paper and paint into a masterpiece, and so it was no surprise to me when she set up her own business managing an art class for those who don’t believe they can draw. Having seen some of her pupil’s artwork, it’s clear she’s made a great success of it, and has asked me on many an occasion, if I’d like to pop in and see what it’s all about.
As she’s always been incredibly supportive of anything that I do, I thought it was about time I reciprocated. On this occasion we would be drawing the human face, and so feeling a tad nervous because I can’t even draw a straight line, I concentrated hard on what she was explaining to the class. Those of you that tweet regularly will have seen this picture, which I drew having been instructed on how to carefully measure the distance between the eyes, nose and chin. The end result wasn’t based on anyone at all, but a number of you thought what I’d drawn bore a resemblance to Chloe Everton! Not too sure she would be that pleased with the suggestion, but it cheered me no end, to see that I had drawn something that looked like an attractive human face. We had a go at bodies as well, and this is as far as I got. A couple of stages on from a stick man, but nonetheless intriguing to see how perspective and dimension is worked out.
Having taught me how to master the art of line drawing, Jo then treated me to a night out in town to see one of our favourite comedians, Billy Connolly at the Hammersmith Apollo. We have both been avid fans since the mid 1970s when he had us rolling around with laughter, and although some years back he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease -which he manages incredibly well – he had the entire audience in stitches. Such a talent, such a cruel disease, but so wonderful to see someone doing their best to get on with their life in spite of this illness.
It seems as though a great many of you have fallen foul to this awful cough and cold that has taken its stubborn hold, and even poor Honey was laid low with it. That said, she still managed to rally on her previous visit to me, and the following day proved that nothing was going to stop her, with her first attempt at crawling!
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Of course it means that Lucy has now had to shift everything from floor level to waist level, and is expecting her to start walking soon. Honey also spoke her first words! I was imagining ‘mamma’, or ‘dad dad’ – maybe even ‘Nan’ if I was really lucky – but not a chance! The first word she ever spoke was Elbell which is the name of their cat. I’m sure mamma is not far behind though : )
It’s been busy here at QVC too, and I’ve had some fun shows over the last week or more. I’ve also taken delivery of the Cook’s Essentials Air Fryer. This clever compact machine can actually bake, roast and fry food without any need for oil! Meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and even cakes can be cooked with the minimum of fuss, and maximum saving of calories as well as energy!
I tried something simple to start with – frozen fish fingers – and this is how well cooked they were after just 10 minutes. I then tried one of the recipes from the recipe booklet that comes with it. This is a chicken breast stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon. I roasted some vegetables as well and the entire meal took just 20 minutes! Colin loved it. It is to be our Today’s Special Value offer on Thursday night, so do make sure you join me at midnight if you want to treat yourself or someone you love to this really clever little device. Tweet me @alikqvc and I’ll let you know the price early!
I wasn’t working last weekend, and so Colin I went to spend Saturday and Sunday with my sister Jenny and her partner Linda. They live in a beautiful part of Hampshire, and outside of a five mile walk with Jenny, where we put the world to rights, it was have one of the most truly lazy weekends I’ve had in a very long time. Jenny cooked the most amazing vegetable curry with a lentil Dahl and all the trimmings and it was delicious! So by way of a thank you, I treated her to the Algenist Algae Face Brightening Mask and painted her nails for her : ) The mask is this fab shade of green and full of micro and macro algae – it made a distinct difference to her skin, and I’m sure you’ll agree, she looks a lot younger than her 54 years! : )
We got home on Sunday in time to see the last episode of the epic BBC dramatisation of War and Peace. Having never read Tolstoy’s tome we were moved, educated and entertained. Great to see Lily James from Downton, and also the leading man from Happy Valley, James Norton, whom I am reliably informed is reappearing in the new series which started on Tuesday night! Of course there’s always Call the Midwife, Lucky Man and The Undateables, so plenty to watch when we get a moment! What do you tend to view outside of QVC of course?! : )
Sending you love – not just for Valentines Day – and looking forward as always, to hearing about your world and your week. Take care,