I have started to write this on at least three occasions, but either something or someone has stopped me! However, I am alone and sitting in the cool on this balmy afternoon, so I will now fill you in on this last week's happenings…
The Retail Jewellery Awards
Of course, one of the major events was the Retail Jewellery Awards that took place at The Grosvenor House Hotel. QVC were nominated for an award, but the competition was fierce, and we were pipped at the post sadly. That said, the evening was well organised and very enjoyable.
The delightful Andrea Maclean who has her own range of Diamonique jewellery as well as a very successful TV career, spent the night with me Craig and some of our jewellery buying team, and it was great to have the opportunity to get to know her a little better.
I had decided to wear the same dress I wore to the Bafta Awards in 2006, 'cos evening dresses never date, and thought you might find it funny to compare the pictures of then and now!!
The food was fab, the company great, and Craig, Andrea and I stayed on and danced the night away as luckily none of us had work in the morning
Colin very kindly picked me up after the do, so I didn't have to worry about driving home, and at that time of night at least the roads were clear.
The same cannot be said for the two major roads I now have a choice of traversing on my way in to work. They have both been temporarily blessed with… an Olympic Lane!!
Not all of us have got our heads around this (or is it just me?) so I would beg the question, how do the Powers that be know whether the person in that lane should be there or not? What if I wore a track suit, or even bathing cossie and nose clips, would I be accepted as someone who was legitimately involved in the Games?? Is it just for those competing, or for spectators as well?
Maybe there's a sticker or flag you are supposed to have on display, but woe betide any of us who veer into this hallowed area of tarmac when we aren't meant to, as there is an ALMIGHTY fine to be paid – so much for Sportsmanship eh?? If you can enlighten me, I'd love to hear from you
I have to say that I would have been first over the finishing line had this monster of a spider appeared before me, rather than in the bath!!!! (the penny is there to show you exactly how big it was) I had to wait for Colin to get home so that he could remove it
I did call him in advance and he asked whether it was wearing a shower cap… I told him no, but that it had already exfoliated and was now shaving its legs!!
It's not just spiders that we've been seeing a lot more of lately, but also ducks – these are the 'little ones' that were born in May, and having shared my bag of pretzels with them just yesterday, they came back with their friends today!
Infact it's been pretty busy in the garden as Jack, his girlfriend Hana, and my Lucy all came round yesterday evening for a BBQ, but having prepared all the food, and put the table in place I discovered I was out of gas!!! Not just that, but I could NOT get the bloomin' attachment off the gas bottle to get more.
All three young ones had a go but to no avail, so I cooked everything indoors and we ate outside – it was still lovely to have them here though. I am sure that when Colin comes home from Brighton he will be able to sort it for me – again!!
Having worked the weekend, I've been incredibly lucky to be blessed with this outstanding weather on my days off. I've washed everything in sight as it's so easy to line dry, and I have given my patio furniture a new coat of paint, oh, and I've sat in the sun a bit too
I was, however, up early this morning for my walk/jog and thought I'd check out the poppy field as I remember it was this kind of time last year I got that lovely photo… Suffice to say I am a few days early… there are just a few scarlet heads bobbing in the breeze mixed in with the bright yellow St John's Wort flowers, but I thought it was worth taking a picture of anyway. Hope you enjoy
I'm back on QVC on Thursday with a terrific two day clearance of all things from Fashion to Festive Lights, so please do join me. Oh, and if you have any thoughts on the Olympic Lane conundrum I'd love to hear from you!
Stay well and happy and I'll see you soon, Love Ali xx