I'm writing this blog in the departure lounge at JFK Airport in New York after the most fabulous weekend away with hubby. I love New York SO much; it really is my favourite place in the world after the UK.
I've been there many times – in my news reporter days I spent week after week there covering stories so I feel very at home there. It was so good to be back, as it's been a few years since my last visit. This time, as well as some serious shopping (naturally!) we also visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum for the first time.
It really was one of the most extraordinarily moving things I've ever seen. The memorial (click on the pic above left to enlarge) - two huge waterfalls disappearing into a central void, marking the footprints of the Twin Towers, with the names of all the victims carved into the sides – is stunning, dramatic, and desperately sad.
But the exhibition itself, which contains video footage, wreckage, personal effects of the victims and so much more, was just devastating. It really makes you realise how incredibly precious life is and how you never, ever know what is just around the corner.
Onto a completely different topic now! I'm not sure what's going on in my house and garden but everything is getting flipping ENORMOUS! I have a gunnera plant which is bigger than ever this year with leaves about four to five feet across; my phormium has a flower about 10 feet tall (pictured above left)and as for my favourite cactus – I'm actually getting a bit worried.
I bought it from a garden centre less than five years ago, when it was about four inches tall. Now it towers over me, and I'm really not sure what to do when it hits the roof. It's already in the conservatory, which is the tallest room in the house. Short of digging a pit for it, or cutting a hole in the roof, I have no idea what the solution is!
Work has been fun as always recently – did you spot me on telly as a brunette? I was doing a beauty show which featured a couple of pieces from Hairdo (mine was the feather cut wig, item 400094).
It was so much fun to instantly change my look, although it did slightly freak me out as I looked very similar to how I looked as a teenager, when I still had my natural very dark brown hair. Because yes, amazingly, I'm not actually a natural blonde!
My flight is about to be called, but before I hop on a plane and fly back to London, here is a quick peek at the most fabulous Today's Special Value offer from Gatineau, coming up on QVC on Sunday 6th.
It's a brilliant four piece Renew and Reveal Collection. It contains my absolute favourite, can't live without, eye make-up remover Floracil, plus the brilliant Renew 7 Laser which transforms the appearance of your skin in just seven days.
I'm using it daily in the run-up to Sunday – I'll be on air with the Gatineau team at 4pm!
Have a wonderful week. Please get in touch – I always love to hear from you, so either leave a comment below this blog or say hello on Twitter (I'm @jackiekabler).
Love Jackie x