I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that I’m still in my pyjamas at 2pm, but then they are Carole Hochman pyjamas and it is Sunday; a very cold and wet one too!
How are you? Did you end up with any snow after all the hype? My son, Sam, has spent this weekend in Yorkshire in his Land Rover, and as you’ll see from these pictures he definitely made the most of the cold snap!
He took his Halo Bolt with him though (his favourite Christmas present) just incase he or any of his mates got a flat battery! I’ll admit to loving the snow, but only if I don’t have to drive in it. In 2002 I got caught in the ‘big snow’ and it took me nearly six hours to travel 44 miles… a horrible journey but one that mercifully didn’t require me stopping for a wee!
I’ve been without my car for the last week as I needed to get the bumper resprayed. Somebody drove into me in a car park, and left me with two large scrapes in the paint but no contact number… My Christmas present from Sam was to have it repaired, which was very kind of him, and being without my wheels has meant I’ve made a pretty good start with my Fitbit! As the whole system is setup through an app, I was sent this via e mail on Friday which I felt wasn’t bad going for six days use!
I set out on Thursday rather late in the day and just got home by the light of my torch! Fabulous moon that night though, which I managed to get a photo of. Not doing so well today with my steps, but hey, there’s always tomorrow 🙂
I had a sleepover at Lucy’s last week, and because Honey woke up in the night I brought her in with me so she didn’t wake her mum and dad. It’s amazing how much room she can take up in the bed when she sleeps, like a little starfish! Luckily I got her back into her own cot before she woke up properly, hoping that I wouldn’t have put the mockers on her otherwise impeccable sleeping pattern!
We went to Didi Dancing on Friday, and here she is taking a refresher mid-Charleston. She’s such a happy little soul and full of beans, and I’m really looking forward to spending this Friday with her, Lucy and hopefully Jack too, when we have a day out at the Natural History Museum in London.
In between times I’ve had some lovely hours at the Q, including last Monday when Richard Jackson and I brought you his new improved bird food. You may have seen in my last blog that I got a bird table for Christmas from Colin, and I’ve since added a bird feeder, water bowl and seed tray to it.
I counted three robins this morning, and we’ve also seen a chaffinch and several blue tits. The feeders mean that the smaller birds feel safer when the large birds like magpies and crows can feed from the table. I’m still waiting to see the green woodpecker!
Thanks for all your lovely tweets during our second Diamonique show of the year. I can reliably inform you that as of Valentine’s Day, the 14th February, I will be with you every Tuesday at 9pm with a whole new collection of this stunning jewellery, along with special prices and personal favourites. I’d love it if you were able to join me, and if there’s anything you’re looking for; jewellery for a special occasion maybe, then do let me know either here or on Twitter @alikqvc.
It all ties in rather nicely with Diamonique Week which is launching on Monday 23rd January. Michelle Mone has worked with our dedicated team to bring you a stunning TSV at an incredible price. It’s just over four carats in weight, and much more than that I’m not at liberty to say 🙂 You’ll have to tune in at midnight, on the 23rd, to find out!
However, I can tell you that Anne and Julia will be presenting the Grand Opening from 5pm til 7pm on Monday, and the Grand Finale will be on Friday at the same time with Dale and Jill. Every other evening at 6pm there will be specific shows featuring your favourites, spectacular statement pieces, and obviously some brand new designs too. Luckily I get to present my own show at 9pm on Thursday the 26th, and I have a few surprises up my sleeve for you.
Talking of sleeves, after that show I will be staying with you for our midnight launch from Anybody Loungewear. I’ve not seen this range before, but having had a look online @qvcuk.com I can see it’s right up my strasse! Relaxed designs in luxury fabrics at incredibly low prices, I think you’re going to be equally impressed.
Hard to believe that this Wednesday is six years to the day since my cancer diagnosis. I am cracking on with the new medication, and I’m seeing my oncologist at the beginning of February to have a few more blood tests and a general MOT. I’m still struggling with the hot flushes – more at night than during the day now – but the accompanying drug I take to protect my bones isn’t very pleasant although it is necessary.
Something wonderful though, was hearing from one of the girls I was on the catwalk with for the 2012 Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show. She has just given birth to her first child, a little boy. All the chemo she’d had years before had meant she believed she’d never have a baby, so this was just the best news. The treatment can be tough, but it keeps us here, and for that I will be eternally grateful.
Well that’s all from me for this week, but I look forward as always to hearing from you, and please do let me know your thoughts re the Diamonique jewellery won’t you? Let me know how you’re doing too, and I’ll get back to you. Have a great week, and stay warm.
With my love,