After a great hour with Antthony Fashion Designs, the man himself and his delightful TSV, I just couldn’t sleep when I got home. Consequently the morning seems to have run away from me altogether, but I really wanted to thank you for your amazing support and your comments on the last blog. I can tell you now that the ‘I Hope’ range of jewellery is selling very well indeed, which in turn is supporting Breast Cancer Care.
Taking into account how many of you wrote to me about your feelings of loss, or how you’re coping with cancer yourself, or caring for someone who’s ill makes it even more relevant. Presenting the jewellery on QVC, and then reading your comments, spurred me on to finally finish my book – well I say finished – the first draft has been edited, which means there’s a way to go, and a bit more to change and add in, but I was particularly pleased when my editor wrote to say she was ‘thrilled’ with what she’d seen. Watch this space, and thank you again for giving me the incentive to write it .
Since I last wrote to you, I’ve had the best news, and that is my brother Peter is coming over to the UK for a week from this Thursday! The last time we saw him was four years ago, when Colin and I travelled to Sydney, six months after I finished chemo. We had such a lovely time, and I honestly didn’t think I’d see him again unless we could get back to Australia. Although he and his wife Sarah are coming primarily to see her elderly parents, they are planning to see mum, Jenny and me too. Can’t wait! It’s been 11 years for mum and 14 years since Jenny saw them, and so it’s going to be pretty emotional… I’ll take lots of pics and post them next time, but this is my most recent photo of them both, taken earlier this year.
I had a very happy day with Honey on the 6th September – she was 16 months old exactly – and is now mad about Peppa Pig. Her speech is coming on really well, and she is such a smiley soul. I bought her this book featuring her heroine, and as you can see she loved it. She can say Peppa, but she tends to just snort, like a little piggy – very funny! Lucy visited me at the end of the week, and we all went to see Rae and baby Calla. Honey loved Calla, and we all agreed that our second little treasure is just perfect.
On what was reportedly the hottest day of the summer, I had planned a visit to see Roz and Chris in Dorset. As I headed down the M3 the sun was high in a bright blue sky, but by the time I passed Stonehenge the clouds rolled in, and when I finally got to Roz, it was absolutely lashing down! Still, who needs the sunshine when you’ve got months of gossip to catch up on! Roz keeps chickens now, and so eggs were on the menu.
The rain did eventually stop and so we were able to spend some time in the garden – look at this fabulous sunrise. It’s incredibly quiet there, and these cows are the only traffic that pass her front gate on their way to be milked! I had a lovely time, was spoilt rotten, and was quite sorry to leave, but we’ve put another date in the diary for October, so that’s not too far away.
Something even closer is our 9pm Diamonique show this Thursday, and having run through everything that’s coming up, I am sure you’ll be as pleased as I am with the choices. Knowing how quickly the simulated opal jewellery always sells, you may like a heads up on this pretty little boulder opal ring. It’s a brand new design and under £25! Item no 307668 – plenty more to choose from, so I hope to see you at 9pm.
A little later in the week – Sunday to be precise – the beauty brand Gatineau will be taking centre stage with an incredible TSV. I was lucky enough to have a fabulous facial from Miceala Taylor, their National Trainer, using all three of the products in the TSV. Without giving too much away, we’re talking about potent serums, that can be slotted very simply into your beauty routine, whether you currently use Gatineau or not. I can probably give you a heads up on Twitter @alikqvc nearer the day, as the price is superb, and as you’ll see here, my skin really benefitted from it.
Colin’s been busy rehearsing for the new Sonny Walters Band gig list. They have several new members, and as it’s been almost a year since they last performed live, we’re feeling major anticipation! On a rare evening together, Colin and decided to go and see the new movie Bridget Jones’s Baby. Although I wasn’t sure Colin would truly enjoy it, I’ve been a fan ever since I interviewed Helen Fielding years ago with the original book. Seriously, this new movie is a corker! So funny, brilliantly acted, and Renee Zellweger is superb, and Colin Firth along with Patrick Dempsey. Colin said it was the funniest film he’d seen in years, and we’d highly recommend it.
If you prefer reading, do have a look at JoJo Moyes sequel to You Before Me, entitled After You. Her writing is sublime, and the characters are so real… she is definitely right up there in my top five authors. Not that I have much time to read at the moment, but I always love a recommendation… Oh, and it’s not long before Jackie Kabler’s new novel is out! That’s definitely worth a read – I loved the first one.
Well, that’s it for now, but once again, thank you so much for keeping in touch with not just me but each other. Ali’s Army marches on! Stay well and happy,
With my love,