Last Monday was my birthday and can I say thank you to those of you who sent me cards straightaway in case I forget as I have so much to tell you about. I normally put the cards up in my dressing room at QVC but since moving to Chiswick Park I have shared a dressing room with Anna Cookson so, rather than taking up most of our dressing table, I took them home to grace the mantlepiece in our dining room.
I also had cards from my friends and family including, of course, those from Daniel and Sophie. Since they were old enough to choose their own cards Sophie has always bought me the type of card that makes me cry and Daniel has always chosen a humorous card. It was the same this year but Sophie went one step further than usual and included the tissue to wipe my eyes with!
Once I had finished opening my cards I started on my pressies. Chris always treats me to some funny little gifts. This year it was a solar-powered meerkat light and a drinking 'bobble' in Crystal Palace colours, along with flowers and a little present from the cats (Poppy and Oskar).
Daniel bought me some new trainers, they're purple, and he and Sophie got me some Neom room fragrancing reeds. I wasn't allowed to open my other present from Sophie until I had opened the one from Chris. Imagine my surprise and delight to find a Kindle Paperwhite inside the wrapping paper. I turned it on and there, ready downloaded for me, was my book, which had only been released four days before.
I had been driving the family crazy asking how I could download it onto my iPad and even went as far as to get Debbie Flint to show me how to download the Kindle App as they were all being unusually unhelpful. My gift from Sophie was a leather Kindle holder in bright pink…of course I cried!
The whole T-Rex thing began while Sophie was working at QVC. I was on air doing a fashion show and a garment was described as having three-quarter-length sleeves but they came down to my wrist.
I remarked that maybe it should say full length unless I had particularly short arms. The director, who should probably remain nameless, found a picture of a T-Rex, which have very short arms, and put it up on my 'preview monitor' with my name underneath it. It was all I could do not to burst out laughing. It has been a running joke ever since.
Normally after present opening I have a lazy day and we go out in the evening but on Monday I was meeting my great-nephew, Sam – the one I knitted the jacket for - for the very first time. My niece and her husband were visiting friends in London from their home in Scotland so we invited them over for lunch. I quickly threw together a mushroom quiche and iced the chocolate birthday cake I had made the day before and then Rachel and Rob arrived with baby Sam, and more pretty flowers.
What a lovely baby. He smiled happily as he was passed around and we even got some chuckles from him as we introduced him to Zeberdee, the toy zebra. They left around 4.30pm and by 5pm we were in the car heading for our dinner date.
I had organised to meet up with my friend from my 'Price is Right' days, Denise, and her partner Steve. She often talks about her favourite restaurant, Boulter's Lock, in Maidenhead, so we drove over there with our son Daniel, and Sophie joined us straight from work.
It was only two days after her Tough Mudder event so she was a bit sore and bruised. I texted her to tell her we were upstairs and she texted back and said "Do they have a lift?"
We arrived first and asked if they could push two tables together for us as we were going to be a party of six. No problem.
When Denise and Steve arrived they wanted us to sit nearer the front window so we could enjoy the stunning river view, so we pushed two other tables together further forward, and then one right at the front became free so we moved again! Apologies to the other diners – hope we didn't disturb you too much.
We had a lovely evening, delicious food and great company in a picturesque setting, what more can you ask for?
I'm on holiday from QVC at the moment, tell you that tale in next week's blog, but really looking forward to my first show back next Thursday at 2pm – two hours of Butler & Wilson
Hope to see you then.