Before I move off the subject altogether though I did want to tell you about a somewhat unfortunate incident that happened in my car just last week! Having only recently had my very old leather seats 'recollonised' - a clever way of repairing holes and worn bits – I was thoroughly enjoying the smell of newness in the car, and the lovely sheen from the expert polishing.
I very rarely have anyone else in the car with me, but that was to change when I had to wedge poor Dodge into his hated 'Igloo' (see Blog April 3rd last year) as he was limping and unable to put weight on his front paw, so a visit to the vet was essential. We hadn't been driving very long when I noticed a rather strange smell… metallic, and not very pleasant. I wound down the window thinking it was possibly something agricultural, but nothing untoward assailed my nostrils from the passing hedgerows.
Having closed the window, I deduced the smell was coming from inside the car and yes, Dodge had spent a penny in his Igloo. Worse still, he'd missed the lovely fluffy towel I'd set in there and wee'd out of the back of the beautiful wickerwork, straight onto my newly colonised leather!! We arrived at the vets, but I didn't want us to miss our appointment, so I waited until after the appointment to clean up the puddle.
Luckily it was just a bite on Dodge's paw that had caused the swelling, and after a quick shot of antibiotic and some pain killers, we were ready for the return journey. The vet had very kindly given me an incontinence sheet (in response to my explaining about the accident!), the size of which led me to believe he was possibly an equestrian or elephant type of vet, and I duly lined the Igloo with this and put Dodge
carefully into the middle.
I then used the damp towel to mop up what I could from the car seat, but there was no escaping the awful odour. That was until just a few minutes from home a new, far stronger smell masked it. Yes, Dodge had decided to try out the incontinence pad with something a little more solid, and mercifully it was trapped in the cotton wool!!
I'm not sure what appeared stranger, the fact that the windows were fully down in the pouring rain, or that I was trying to drive with as much of my upper body out of them as was safely possible! Suffice to say, I've masked the worst of it with a rather expensive perfume, and am just praying I don't have to ferry anyone around for a while. Dodge is completely unscarred by the experience as my photo (above left) proves
Now for getting gorgeous…
Well, if that wasn't exciting enough, I have to tell you about our Get Gorgeous Event that starts this Friday! Three whole days where we are showcasing some of our premier beauty, fashion and jewellery lines. Lulu's going to be there, we have gold, silver and diamond jewellery, Kipling, Smashbox, Elemis, Birkenstock and Bob Mackie.
Simon Wilson will be joining us too, and for me selfishly, the icing on the cake is that my daughter Lucy will be coming in to share one of the Silver Jewellery hours with me! Can't wait She'll be with me for the 3pm Awaken show on Sunday, so do join us for that and then we can make a it a real family affair!
In fact talking of family, the night before I shall be at the O2 with my sister for the long awaited Michael Buble concert! Be still my beating heart Nothing like a live show… the roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd and someone who knows more about that than anyone I've ever been lucky enough to meet, will be joining me on Wednesday 19th May on QVC for a full hour at 5pm!
Over 40 years in show business, playing some of the most powerful women in the world, and winning arguably the biggest entertainment awards, we will be looking back over her career and hearing her sing live in the studio! Any idea who it is?? Have a guess
I feel a fit of the vapours coming on, so I shall go and lay down in a darkened room in preparation for the week ahead… lovely to know you'll be a part of it.
Love Ali xxx