There are some of you who will already know just how special Valentine's Day was for me this year, but before I go into detail, let me just thank ALL those of you who took the time to enter the competition based around our hugely successful Jewellery Day.
The prize – this beautiful Bibi Bijoux necklace and matching earrings! I just so wish we'd had enough to go round so you could all have enjoyed such a treat, but judging by the number of you who bought our Today's Special Value necklace, the range has already been included in your special collections. And so…and completely at random, I can tell you that the winner of our competition is Angela Dunne! Congratulations Angela I will post your prize to you today.
And so to other news…YAY!
I have to admit to being incredibly spoilt by Colin over the years – not just for birthdays and anniversaries - but also for Valentine's Day. As you will know from this blog, our memorable evenings have included theatre tickets, nights out in Chinatown, Salsa dancing, and relaxing in various country retreats…
This year Colin told to be ready at 11am and to pack the 'special dress' he had bought for me at Christmas…he'd asked me to 'save it for a special occasion'…It didn't take me long to get the bag packed, and with everything in the car we set off.
I think the appalling weather was pretty much countrywide, and I have to admit to finding it very difficult indeed to even ascertain which motorway we were travelling on, as the rain lashed down and the winds made the car swerve scarily on the flooded roads.
But…it wasn't long before the lights on Brighton Pavillion beckoned, and we were able to park up close to our hotel. You could hear the sea crashing onto the pebble beach as we were blown through the door of our rather beautiful and Bijoux residence The hotel had provided us with Champagne, roses and a packet of Love Hearts, and those of you on Twitter may have seen Colin's creative message…
Having dressed in our finery we took a cab to The Grand Hotel in Brighton, where we had spent our very first Valentine's night all those years ago. We had a fabulous dinner, made better for me by the somewhat arctic temperatures, which kept my hot flushes at bay! :)
Having decided to retire to the Piano Lounge we were serenaded by an incredibly young pianist who was doing a marvellous job of entertaining everyone in the room with suitably romantic songs. Colin headed off to ask if the maestro would play 'The Shadow of Your Smile' for me, but as he headed back the first few bars of 'Misty' filled the room…
Dropping to one knee he asked me if I'd do him the honour of being his wife, and presented me with this stunning diamond ring! The rest, to be honest, is a blur! I do remember the whole lounge erupting into applause and me bursting into tears whilst mumbling the affirmative…an incredible end to a lovely day.
For those who read this blog regularly, you will know that Colin has been with me for over seven years now, has supported me through my son Sam's terrible accident and subsequent rehab, and also my own struggles these past three years. He has been strong, unswerving, and completely understanding, and I love him to bits.
Thank you all SO MUCH for your Facebook and Twitter messages, and for being there with me through the tough bits…So wonderful to have you with me for the best bits too
Ali Young has already begun planning the wedding, my dress, even a nail colour! Good times
Colin and I send love to you, and seriously…Thank you xxxx