It struck me this morning as really strange to know that while we here in the UK are welcoming the autumn equinox, in Sydney Australia, it’s the first day of spring. A stark reminder of just how far away my brother Peter will be when he returns there on Friday – the different seasons make it feel like a different world… I’m not going to be melancholy though because this impromptu visit from Peter and his wife Sarah has been lovely.
Peter, Jenny and I, 14 years ago.
The main focus of their trip was to see Sarah’s parents who sadly are very frail, and needed help to ‘put their house in order’, but they’ve tried really hard to get to see not just my mum, but my sister Jenny, their son James and Colin and I.
I wanted to thank you so much for all the tweets you sent when I posted up a photo saying Peter had arrived – it seems like only yesterday! He and Sarah were amazed at how warm it was, and to be fair the sunshine has pretty much stayed with them their entire visit. Of course it was summer in Australia the last time Colin and I saw them in February 2012, six months after I’d finished my chemo. I had very little hair and was wearing my brunette wig, and they’d never met Colin, so I remember walking through arrivals in Sydney where they looked straight past us, not realizing who we were at all!
However, it’s been 14 years since Peter was last in the UK, and this photo of the three of us was taken then. Here’s the comparative one taken this visit – I think we’ve all aged fairly well considering!
A week really isn’t a very long time, especially when you have umpteen things to sort out and are struggling with jet lag, but they came to us for the day on Tuesday, and not only managed to stay awake, but were great company! It was lovely to be able to show them our home and to know that the next time we speak, he will be able to visualize where I am. He loved the garden with all my pots and QVC lights and lanterns, and so I gave him a heads up on the TSV from Bethlehem Lights on the 14th October – it may well be an early Christmas present for him!
Colin and I then took them to our local pub on the village green for lunch, as when I’d asked Peter what their preference was, and he’d said warm beer and scampi! Both things you don’t get in Oz. The food was fab, the beer was warm -although Sarah opted for a glass of red – and the time together priceless. We had hoped for a big family get together that evening with Lucy, Sam, Jack, Jenny, mum and my nieces Emily and Verity, but sadly work commitments, illness, and general fatigue changed all that, and it was just Jack, Jenny and I who spent Tuesday evening with Peter. Colin had band rehearsal, Sarah needed to head back to her parents, and so after Jack left it was just us siblings. There was a fair bit of reminiscing, and a bittersweet realisation that life is indeed moving on so much faster now we’re older.
Colin and I would love to get back to Oz in the next few years, and Jenny who’s never been is keen to visit too. I have a feeling we may well all be together again sooner rather than later, and that is a great comfort. I’ve taken Thursday off work to see them one more time before they return, so I’m afraid I won’t be with you for the Diamonique hour at 9pm. The regular show is actually taking a wee break as we head towards the end of the year, but I do want to let you know about a fabulous three hour Diamonique Christmas Spectacular starting at 5pm on Thursday the 27th October. It’s been months in the planning and if you want to buy something truly special for someone truly special, please make a note in your diary.
I’ll be letting you know more via the blog and twitter @alikqvc, so do keep in touch! Sometimes it’s not the distance that keeps folk apart, but just life generally. I managed to squeeze in a lovely lunch with Kathy Tayler this week, and although the weather was a little unpredictable, we somewhat predictably were the last to leave the restaurant! We hardly ever see each other although we live just 15 minutes away, so this was really special.
I had a wonderful day with Honey too, having met her with her childminder at the library and then taken her shopping. Honey loves jewellery – clearly a passion she’s inherited from me! I’m certain she’d approve of the Lola Rose TSV that we have for you on Friday the 7th October too! Nikki Gewirtz will be joining me at midnight having designed this beautiful Lola tumble bead bracelet with the slider clasp.
There is a stunning Rainbow Quartzite option as well as scarlet agate and five others colours too. The design team decided it was the epitome of Lola Rose, and so suggested it be called ‘Nikki’ after Ms. Gerwitz! There will also be this matching necklace in the same stones and colour options.
We’ve been truly spoiled because after speaking with our buyers, we have one of the necklaces and a TSV bracelet to give away as a competition prize!
The total value is just shy of £89 and all you need do to get in with a chance of winning is to guess the name of the necklace! Is it:
Just post your answer in the comments below and make sure to leave an email address (don’t worry, this won’t be made public). The competition closes at noon on Monday 10th October and a winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries. Full terms and conditions can be found here Good luck!
We may be moving into the Autumn, but there are always plenty of things to warm the cockles at QVC Take care, have a great week, and I will look forward to reading your guesses and catching up on all your news. I promise as always, I will write back to you.
With my love,