We had a great time and were blessed with mostly sunny days, but even when it was cloudy – I just love Cornwall. We stayed almost at the south-westerly tip of Great Britain in a valley with a stunning unspoilt sandy beach.
It's near the world famous Minack Theatre, which as many of you will know is carved out of the granite cliffs and overhangs the crashing waves below. Talking of overhangs – I got talking to a lady whilst we were watching a school of dolphins in the bay – it turned out she's a QVC fan – the overhang comment refers to the fact I was topless!! – I hope she recovers – I believe counselling may be available on the NHS!
But you know, just waking up to the view (see pic above left) every morning, whatever the weather just sets you up right! My love for Cornwall started as a kid, when I spent weeks staying on a working farm on Bodmin Moor, but I had never stayed so close to Land's End before. The scenery and cliff top walks are spectacular and on a sunny day you could easily think you were half way around the world.
It's amazing how slow the journey becomes when you start to use the tiny high sided Cornish lanes, wondering if a tractor or bus will greet you round the next blind corner – there's no doubt that this is the start of the winding down from London and Home Counties speed of life and you soon adapt to the slower pace of life and start to smell the flowers.
So looking back over the summer our first UK staycation has been a great success and I certainly will be heading south-west again sooner rather than later – if you managed to get away this summer where did you go? I'd love to hear.
Anyway the hols are over and it's back to a very busy QVC. I'm launching the 17th full Gem Day with Claire on Saturday into Sunday 11th September with an amazing Tahitian Pearl Today's Special Value – it's certainly a considered purchase but I can tell you the price is INCREDIBLE! Laurie Wickwire our luxury gems guest will be along to tell us more. I've also got an hour of Premier Tanzanite with Laurie at 7pm on Sunday and then the Grand Finale with Jilly.
As I like to do I've chosen a couple of luxury pieces for my picks and the first is an amazing AA Tanzanite and Diamond pendant – the tanzanite is a whopping 3.5 carats(!) and surrounded by diamonds set in 18 carat white gold. Perhaps for a very special occasion?
Also, from the Finale show, I've picked out a Multi Colour Thai Sapphire necklace – it weighs in at a whopping 60 carats!! These are both special pieces, but isn't that what Gem Days are all about ?
Take care and enjoy!