Wow! What a fabulous weekend we all had with my mum as she celebrated her 90th birthday. It reiterated my belief that the most important thing in life is spending time with people you love.
Saturday started with the drive up to Nottingham, where mum lives. She was expecting Chris and me, but she had her first surprise of the day when Sophie and Daniel arrived a few minutes after us, as they had travelled up separately. It had been quite tricky convincing her to prepare extra new potatoes to have for lunch with the asparagus quiche I had made – Chris and I had to pretend we were really hungry.
After lunch mum opened our cards and presents. She loved her new Radley handbag and was intrigued by what could be in the big cardboard box. On last week’s blog Chris (a QVC-er , not my other half) guessed correctly that it was a Bernini fountain, although Linda’s suggestion that it might be a kitten made me smile… I don’t think Tabby, my mum’s cat pictured below, would have been too amused though!
We followed the instructions to put the fountain together for mum and twenty minutes later, it looked like it had always been in her garden.
Then it was time to head over to my brother Richard’s house. As far as mum knew, we were just having tea with him, his wife Remy, and Richard’s two children Lee and Samantha. So imagine her surprise when my sister, Lynda, her husband Geoff, and three of their children, Becky, Rachel and Christian, arrived after travelling down from Scotland. Mum was pretty overwhelmed to be honest.
It was so lovely to spend time with our extended family, and even the weather was kind.
We said our goodbyes to mum as though we were travelling back to Berkshire, but in fact we were heading to a small hotel in Bingham – I’ll explain in a moment.
As an aside, my best friend from West Bridgford Comprehensive School, Anne Middlemiss, lived on Perry Grove in Bingham. If anyone knows her, please put her in touch with me on here.
So, the reason we stayed over was that we had organised a surprise lunch for mum at my brother’s golf club the following day. Once again, it was family members but we had also invited mum’s friend and neighbour Valerie and Chris’s mum.
We drove to Spalding to fetch Audrey on Sunday morning and arrived in time for another very startled expression from mum. It was a fabulous two-day celebration and so good to catch up with so many of the family, including my newest great-nephew, Finlay – scrummy, isn’t he?!
Monday was a relax and recuperate day, but on Tuesday I continued writing my short story and I’m delighted to say it is now finished. It will be available as an ebook only, initially, in September so check my website here for more information on how you can get hold of it.
Focus on Fashion today is all about Label Lab at 5pm this afternoon, always assuming we still have stock available. Kathy featured some pieces on her blog earlier in the week and it was used for styling yesterday during the Accessorise with Ashling show.
Here are my favourite pieces: this chiffon top Chloe wore on-air yesterday that’s available in Black or Grey, and this feather print jersey top – which I will definitely have to order… if you’ve read the Liberty Sands Trilogy you will know why!
Following Fashion on Friday, it is the penultimate Spotlight on Jewellery of this series. June Poster, who popped by last week’s show briefly, has many more Frank Usher designs to share today. Laurie Wickwire is bringing some stunning diamond pieces and Kerry Fermor is also joining us with this Extraordinary Life silver bangle (which was so popular last November) and their charm necklace.
Speaking of jewellery, don’t miss the Butler and Wilson 21st anniversary shows this coming Sunday and Monday. My shows with Simon are at 2pm on both days, and there is free P&P on everything with some special event prices too.
Sorry, I haven’t got time for a run down of my on air hours for the coming week but I must dash or I will be late for my Molton Brown show at 3pm.
Have a great weekend,