There’s lots going on at QVC at the moment, with the early part of the New Year bringing fantastic clearance hours, new brands to tell you about and, in less that two weeks now, a new series of Morning Style with Me on its way! I’ll tell you more about that next time, but suffice to say I’m excited about bringing you some of the best of QVC fashion at 10am on Wednesday mornings again.
Busy at work, yes, and not hanging around at home, either!
Olley and I have enjoyed a few days staying with my brother Pete and his wife Hazel in the Lake District. After the long drive, I find I feel relaxed and rejuvenated as soon as we spot the Hoad Monument, which sits on the hill above their lovely home in Ulverston, in the Southern Lakes. It looks just like a lighthouse (except it doesn’t have a light) and was built in 1850 by public donation as a memorial for Sir John Barrow, who was born in the town. It is 100ft high and stands on the 450ft high summit of Hoad Hill overlooking Ulverston and Morecambe Bay, just above Pete’s house, so the sight of it means we’re almost there.
The Lake District is as far away as possible from my regular environment of driving into London to work in a television studio with no windows or fresh air and that’s why I love it so much. Whatever the weather decides to do, I feel awake and alive when I’m in such stunning surroundings. One day was thick fog, so we enjoyed a long and cosy pub lunch by a log fire, but most days we earned our refreshments with at least some walking first.
As a photographers wife you’d think I would leave all the camera work to Olley, but I really enjoy taking photos and the Lake District is the perfect place to experiment with the wonderful wide angle lens that comes with my Christmas treat, a compact system Canon camera. The camera is still available at a huge reduction and I was really happy with the results – I won’t be using the 30 day money back guarantee!
Last weekend was a little different, heading instead for the city lights. I had managed to get tickets for a play that amazing Oscar winning actor Mark Rylance was starring in. In fact, he co-wrote it. Titled ‘Nice Fish’ it was an unusual, quirky comedy that he was absolutely brilliant in. Totally different to anything I’ve seen before, it was thrilling to be just six rows away from the stage and able to see every movement of his incredibly expressive face. The rest of the cast were almost as good, and the set and stage direction were both inventive and hugely effective. I loved it!
Before the performance, on the way into the West End, Olley and I enjoyed exploring an old haunt. He was living in Notting Hill went I met him in 1983 and although the local shops and restaurants have moved decidedly upmarket since then, next door Portabello Market retains all its charm, a lovely place to browse on a Saturday. And we stayed in London after the theatre, giving ourselves the opportunity to stroll along the Southbank on Sunday morning, followed by a meal of Dim Sum in Chinatown. It was a cold, grey day but brightened up by the buskers along the way, and the urban art on display around every corner. London is such an incredible mix – of people, culture, cuisine and also architecture – a point illustrated beautifully by seeing Southwark Cathedral dwarfed by the neighbouring Shard building, and the replica of Francis Drake’s 16th Century Golden Hinde floating adjacent to a modern coffee shop!
And talking of that, I must finish now and head to bed or I will need more caffeine than is healthy to perk me up for tomorrow’s Morning Show – I’ll be back here next week to fill you in on the new series of Morning Style.
Until then, take care.