I was just looking back at my previous blog and couldn’t believe that the heading was all about Christmas! I don’t know about you, but it feels much more like we are in the middle of spring as opposed to January. Not because of the weather, although it has been very mixed, but just because we have crammed in an awful lot over the last couple of weeks – no change there then!
However I am clearly not alone when it comes to keeping busy. Thank you so much for all your comments, and for keeping me up-to-date with not just your Christmas but New Year celebrations too! I do appreciate though, that for some of you, the beginning of the year has been difficult, and as always I’m very glad you feel able to share these times rather than worrying about them on your own. A problem shared is a problem halved – something I’ve always believed, and have benefited from over the years.
Something I do though find hard to believe is that it was five years on Monday the 18th January since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This means that Ali’s Army has been in existence for the same amount of time! I wanted to thank you so much for all your kindness and support over these years, and for getting me through the difficult times, as well as sharing the good times! Fingers crossed for the next five years!
We seem to have had several ‘Michael Fish moments’ over the last week or more. I took this photograph the other morning as a red sky is meant to be a precursor to heavy snow. You may have heard the saying “Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning, red sky at night, shepherd’s delight!”? Well, we didn’t have a single flake here, and it was the same story (thankfully) when I drove to see my friend Roz in Dorset at the beginning of the week. Once again snow was forecast, but this was the view from my bedroom window in the morning! A stunning, clear but cold day.
I love visiting Roz, not just because she is lovely company and lives in such a beautiful part of the country, but because she’s such a great homemaker. The log burner is always lit, she is usually baking something or another, and this time she had set aside some Seville oranges so we could make our own marmalade. It’s been years since I did this – to be honest almost 40 years! My mother was a great marmalade maker, and my sister Jenny and I used to spend hours cutting the peel for her with scissors that were invariably as blunt as Ben Busby’s boots!
However, this time, Roz had bought some special multi-bladed scissors, specifically for the job, and they made life a great deal easier! I’m please to say the end result was perfect! It set beautifully and tasted delicious.
It was cooking of a different sort that had me in the kitchen for most of last Saturday though. Kathy, Claire, Debbie Greenwood and their husbands were all coming for dinner and I had decided to make coq au vin, complete with my very own bouquet garni using herbs from the garden. I was really chuffed that everyone enjoyed it so much, and along with goat’s cheese and filo pastry parcels to start, and an Italian trifle for pud, we weren’t able to move far once we’d shifted into the sitting room in front of the log burner!
Colin and I are due to stay with Lucy, Simon and Honey soon, and we have been promised a boeuf bourguignon, which I’m looking forward to very much! Lucy is an excellent cook, and they’re both great hosts. I am of course also looking forward very much to seeing Honey, who seems to be growing up frighteningly fast! She can almost crawl now, and has a wonderful selection of facial expressions, including a really strange little smile when she wrinkles her nose and shows her bottom teeth. How cute is this?!
In spite of all my gluttony, I am trying to eat healthily, and my Nutri Ninja has helped enormously with that. My favourite smoothie at the moment is made up of spinach, apple, ginger and broccoli – incredible colour and tastes delicious! I’m also keeping up with my AeroPilates, and feel that it is definitely helping my back and neck. I have been trying to stick to Marjolein’s 30 day workout, but have missed a couple of days because of my visit to Roz and also the Beauty Bash last week.
Our three-day beauty event takes place each January, and this year featured 67 beauty brands. Some of them were new to QVC, and you may well have spotted them on air over the weekend when we had our Beauty Weekend event! Names like NIOD, Dr Dennis Gross and Nudestix were featured in our ‘New In Beauty’ shows, and will no doubt be majoring in our beauty hours and on the Beauty Channel in the year to come.
While I was at the Bash, I met a great many of you which was lovely, and I was interested to note that most couples were sisters, mothers and daughters, or best friends. I took this photograph of Angela Harrison and her daughter Emma Marshall, as they were both avid QVC fans. Emma made me laugh out loud when she told me that the QVC logo was now burned into the screen of their television because the channel is on constantly!
I’m sure they will both have been glued to their set this weekend, but if you missed the event and our amazing TSVs, I have two fabulous supersized Revitalash products worth £164 to give away as a prize.
This award-winning conditioner for lashes and brows has been proven to thicken and lengthen both! It’s not just me, but many other QVC presenters who have been using it for years, and it really does work.
To be in with a chance of winning this duo, I’ve set a simple question, and all you need do is to pick the correct answer!
When did we first start colouring/enhancing our eyelashes?
- a) 753BC
- b) 1533
- c) 1837
Leave your answer in the comments below before midday on Tuesday 2nd February and don’t forget to put your email address in where it asks! Don’t worry, nobody will see this. Terms & Conditions are here.
Good luck, and I’ll look forward to announcing the winner in my next blog! I hope you have a wonderful week, and that you manage to stay warm and cosy. Looking forward to hearing from you as always,
With my love,