She has three grown-up children and off screen she enjoys spending time with them and her partner Colin, good food, music and the odd glass of wine!
Thank you so much for ALL the beautiful cards you've sent to me, the comments on this blog, the Facebook messages and all those tweets on Twitter! Incredible! Both Colin and I have been overwhelmed by your kindness and caring, and it has been an absolute joy to share our good news with you all.
I went to see my mum last Friday, and to have a drive in her new car which is a beautiful shade of blue, and quite sporty! It wasn't quite Top Gear style driving, but we cornered the Bishops Waltham roundabout quite tightly! She very much approved of Colin's choice of engagement ring, which is not that dissimilar to my dad's choice for her all those years ago.
I know you will have heard me mention more than once, the hours I would spend at her dressing table watching the light create a kaleidoscope of colours from that very ring. I often talk about the memories that are created when giving and receiving jewellery, and as I begin my regular Diamonique Jewellery show this Thursday at 9pm there's something I wanted to ask you, which could become a permanent way of us sharing those memories...
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.
By the time you read this I will be on the starting blocks waiting to get back to you on Friday for Jewellery Day! I can't believe it's been a month since I was last at QVC and you know I've missed you :)
Soooooo, to celebrate the day I have the most fabulous prize up for grabs in a competition I'll be setting at the end of the blog. Handmade Bibi Bijoux jewellery from a collection designed exclusively for you, worth £159! It is beautiful! More on that later...
Firstly, I want to thank all those of you who've kept me going over the last few weeks or more with your lovely comments. I do so enjoy keeping in touch with you this way, and it's been a real boost particularly when I've been feeling a bit down, which chest infections have a nasty habit of making you feel :) Mind you, reading all about your lives and some of the incredibly difficult situations you are having to deal with makes me feel humble, and very grateful for my lot. I hope that this kind of sharing is as beneficial to you as it is to me, Ali's Army is a force to be reckoned with :)
I had a ghastly start to the day yesterday when I chewed the medication I should swallow, and swallowed the medication I am allowed to chew! Eeeuw! :/ So today, I am snuggled up in my dressing gown and slippers, have taken ALL my tablets correctly, and am looking forward to catching up with you :)
Well it's been a funny old fortnight since I last wrote, but I'm definitely on the mend now, and am very grateful to you for keeping in touch with me. It's always good to catch up, but particularly special when you're feeling a bit low. Great to hear all about your New Year celebrations, where you were, who you were with, and to know that you're all cracking on already with 2014!
Colin and I had originally planned to spend New Year together at home, as our Christmas week had been sooooo busy! We'd managed to squeeze in a visit to Lucy and Simon on Boxing Day, take Colin's mum to lunch the following day and then had friends for supper. On the 28th, lovely Mitch and Ali popped in for a cuppa and ended up staying the night, we called in on my friend Jo the next day for lunch, and Lucy, Simon and all the children came for lunch on the 29th!
Thanks so much for all your Christmas messages and cards - I loved reading through them, and hope that, for all of you, this last week has been exactly what you wanted. I hope too that for those of you like Liz, little Alfie, Mary, Susan, Helen and Alpa, your health improved so that you were able to enjoy at least some of the festivities.
Christmas seemed to start earlier in our household this year as we bought and decorated the tree on the 7th December. We found this great place last year, and so went back again, but decided this year, in our wisdom, to buy a more traditional spruce...
I have to say it's made the room smell fabulously festive, but I think my fears about the needle drop were compounded within a couple of days, but as long as no-one touches it or sneezes anywhere near it, we may just make it through until New Year's Day.
It's official!!! 12 days to go until the Big Day itself! No I can't quite believe it myself. Not just that the last month has flown by; but it's almost a year since I had my life packed away in cardboard boxes, and was on the verge of leaving the little cottage that had been my home for the previous 24 months!
Quite frankly, two years of my life have passed which I'm more than happy to put behind me, and yet I do have many fond memories of my time there :)
But this last week or more has been all about keeping up and catching up! Thanks to the vast number of you who entered the competition to win Mally's phenomenal collection of make-up, lip colours and mascara - the majority of which chose the correct answer to my question...
Having just returned from Chiswick Park after a great day with Mally, I was ravenous! So, having demolished a rather large portion of fish pie, my brain is now functioning again, and I’m ready to bring you up to speed with all that’s been happening over the last week or so, and to give you details of my new competition with a FABULOUS prize up for grabs. Before I begin though, thanks as always for your lovely comments - a delight not only for me to catch up with your lives, but for you to catch up with each other's.
Since writing to you last time, I’ve experienced a mixture of delights and disasters, and as I’m not one to major on the negatives, I’ll get that out of the way first!
Another week gone, and even more leaves to collect in the garden! Wonderful to see so many of you taking the time to enter our competition to win the Nails Inc Special Effects collection and, as promised, I will be naming the winner at the bottom of this blog :)
Not sure how things are where you live, but here in the south of England it is still unseasonably warm, so much so that I was running in my sleeveless vest enjoying the warm of the sun on my now somewhat pasty skin!
However it was towards the West that Colin and I headed last Friday on an incredibly grey and wet morning. We had been invited to join our friends and their two children who had spent the half term week on the Gower Peninsula in Wales. I have to be honest and admit that not only had I never been to this part of our fair Isle but, in truth, had no idea where it was!
Crikey! It wasn't until I looked at my last blog date that I realised almost two weeks have flown by! But what a fortnight eh? :) With your help we had another monumental Be Aware, Show you Care night on the 16th October, and managed to raise well over £320k for Breast Cancer Care!
To all those of you who watched, tweeted, blogged, called in, and bought the products - an almighty, great THANK YOU! If you did watch, you will have known that we sold out of all 4,000 'I Hope' pendants and, having read through all your lovely comments, I think I know who some of you are!
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...