Apparently we have sold close to 1,000 of the 'I Hope' pendants before you even see it for real on screen next Wednesday! Incredible! I can't begin to tell you how much this means to me.
That's a lot of money raised already for Breast Cancer Care, and I hope that for all those of you who have placed your order, it will be a piece of jewellery that you can personalise to deliver your own message of hope…
Infact so successful has it been, that I believe QVC are considering ordering more stock! How heartwarming is that? :) Thank you, truly…
I have bought a beautiful evening dress for our special three hour show next Wednesday. Charlie and I had a good old chin wag (after our Diamonique finale) about the day itself, and how pleased we are to be working together along with many of our friends on the 16th :)
In fact, it's been very much a week of celebration. Following on from QVC's 20th birthday I was invited up to Liverpool by the 'This Morning' programme, to help them celebrate 25 years!
It was 1994 that I first presented the show, and then me and my ex, Stephen, continued to cover for Richard and Judy over the following four years. More than 100 shows in total, and one that I presented entirely on my own! Nerve-racking or what?! 🙂
She was involved in the show from day one, and as some of you may already know, she styled/dressed me for the entire time I presented for Granada TV.
She apparently was shown my original audition tape, and was told 'now you see why we need your help!'… a little uncharitable maybe, but in truth my outfit that day consisted of a bright red jumper, luridly patterned leggings and a pair of boots! EEEK!
Lesley, of course, worked her magic, and along with Mondi, Chanel, Armani and many other INCREDIBLY expensive labels I was dressed to impress… good times :)
We both stayed overnight in Chester and were then driven to the dock where we were met by Dr.Chris Steele, Denise Roberts, Keith Lemon (where did he get HIS suit from?!!) Phil and Holly, and of course Richard and Judy.
I had in fact only ever met R & J twice before as we were always there when they were absent, so it was really good to have a decent amount of time to catch up. I thought you might like this photo for posterity :)
For those of you who caught the end of the show, I was there waving along with the other guests, and a huge number of delightful Liverpudlians who had taken the time out to join us on the dock.
We had actually been taken from the Green Room above the studio, down an incredibly steep staircase (I know as I had Marta Johnson's very high heels on!) and then randomly led out onto the dock through a fish and chip shop – only in Liverpool eh? 🙂
It was great fun though and the highlight for me was very briefly meeting Gino D'Acampo. I think he is delightful, and have really been enjoying his Italian cookery show that is currently on BBC 1.
They did a cracking job in transforming me from a very boringly attired radio presenter to a somewhat glammed up mother of three.
I have to be honest and admit that although it was a lovely day, it was for me tinged slightly with sadness.
All those years ago I had been happily married, Jack was just a year old, Lucy and Sam were dear little souls, and I was working in a job I'd never believed I'd get…
Incredible how much can change over the ensuing years. That said, I wouldn't go back, life is all about moving forwards, however difficult that may be at times.
And of course, if things hadn't have changed I wouldn't have met Colin, and we had reason to celebrate at the weekend, in the picture at the top, because it's been seven years since we met! 🙂
We have, in the past, marked the occasion by staying away in a lovely hotel in Cobham, but this year Colin chose a fabulous place very near Dorking, Surrey, which, as you can see, was huge! The sun shone, and we made the most of it by taking a walk in the grounds, and then had a lovely meal in the evening.
The following day, he had booked a tour of the Denbie Vineyard – one of England's largest and most successful – and again the sun shone and gave us fabulous views over the endless stretches of vines….and yes we did buy a few bottles of the delicious wine – would have been rude not to!
We had lunch with my dear friend Jo on the way home, and then it was back to work for Diamonique Day! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did… Seriously some of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery, and I was dead chuffed with the watch I'd helped design.
Well, I have a few days off now, and intend to tidy up the garden before the weather changes. I very much enjoyed reading all your comments over the last week or so, although some have made me realise just how incredibly difficult life is for you at times.
I am so glad that this blog has grown sufficiently for us all to provide an element of support to each other, and hope that you will continue to write and keep me in touch with all that's happening.
I also hope that you will free up your evening between 6pm and 9pm on the 16th October and join me at QVC for what is, I am certain, going to be the biggest and best ever Breast Cancer Care, Be Aware Show you Care show.
It's wonderful that you can be a part of it all.