By the time you read this, Colin and I will hopefully be heading up the M23 towards Gatwick, but I didn’t want to leave without saying cheerio, and thanking you for all the lovely Anniversary wishes you sent for my man and I. Thanks also for all the comments on the last blog.
I so enjoy catching up with you, hearing about your families, where you’ve visited, and what you’re looking forward to. I also appreciate that it’s not been the easiest year for everyone, but it’s so good to know that with the network of friends who support this blog, we can all support each other.
Colin and I had a really delicious meal out in Cote – a French restaurant on the river in Windsor. It’s one of our favourites, and the food was fabulous. As we were seated by the window we could see the water, and it was reminiscent of our Wedding reception at Monkey Island in Bray, just a few miles up river.
Lucy sent this photograph of me holding Honey on the day, which is a stark reminder of just how much changes in the life of a child over two years! Made me quite teary to think how quickly she’s growing, but happy at the same time 🙂
I’d spent the previous weekend with them when they’d joined me at my mum’s in Bishops Waltham. Mum hadn’t seen Honey for a very long while, and so it was great to have some time together. Mum and Joe were amazed at how chatty and bright Honey was, talking us through her puzzles and sticker collection! We played in the garden, had a lovely lunch as always, but sadly missed our photo opportunity for all four of us together! I did get this one of Honey with her drinking cup in mum’s garden though.
The following day we’d gone into Windsor to see the Castle and the Jubilee fountain, which was just what was need to provide some welcome relief from the heat of the day – for both Honey and I! Because of my holiday, I’d also arranged to pop up to Swindon last Saturday where I spent most of the afternoon grinning like a Cheshire cat.
Lucy had bought tickets for us to go to the circus! It had been years since I’d sat ringside – almost twenty – when I took Lucy, Sam and Jack to see a small show on the green in Leighton Buzzard. This was a much grander affair, but as before, no animals involved, just some incredibly talented gymnasts, a lot of spandex and sparkle, three bike riders and two clowns! We loved it!
Honey sat and watched for the first half, but was more interested in her popcorn for the last twenty minutes, while Lucy and I gasped and shrieked at the jaw droppingly scary stunts the three motor cross riders performed. I often wonder about the life these incredibly talented folk have – three shows a day – and travelling all over the globe to perform. Literally a different world, but great to experience some good old fashioned showmanship. It was quite difficult to say goodbye to my girls, knowing I wouldn’t see them for a fortnight or so, but thanks to FaceTime we’ll be able to keep in touch.
From adrenaline pumping to completely relaxed, which is how I felt when I went to visit Roz in the middle of our heatwave. You may remember the pictures I took when Colin and I last visited when the weather was changeable to say the least! Well Wednesday was a corker in Dorset, and we had a lovely morning on the beach at Studland Bay and then drove past Corfe Castle to take a leisurely stroll around Swanage.
So nice just to have time together to sit by the water and enjoy the warmth – and to catch up of course! Quite poignant for me too, as the last time I’d been there was with Colin in 2011 when we holidayed around the British coastline to celebrate my finishing my chemotherapy. We’re hoping that Roz and Chris can come to us before the summer’s over so we can maybe take them out on a boat up the River Thames from Windsor – another water themed day out!
In between all my socialising I’ve had some lovely shows at the Q, including an hour with Julien Macdonald, my favourite shape wear from the Italian brand Vercella Vita and last night, Diamonique and Easiyo. I love my job! And I’m sure the next few weeks will fly by and before you know it I’ll be back with you on Tuesday the 11th July at 8pm with the regular Diamonique show and then a TSV from one of our newer fashion brands – Joe Browns – a tunic in a fabulous print.
I’ve also had confirmation that I’m going to be filming a new Diamonique promo for the 8pm show with some of my favourite people! Watch this space. I’ll be checking the blog while I’m away, and posting some pics on Twitter too – @alikqvc – if you’d like to keep in touch.
Stay well, and I’ll write soon,
With my love, Ali xx