I know it’s time I wrote another blog, but, honestly, all I can think to write about is what is revolving round and round inside my head, and that is Wedding, Wedding, Wedding!
Thank you, all of you, for the lovely comments you wrote the last time I mentioned our plans for Rebecca’s wedding. Many of you have been exactly where I am now, a few days away from your daughter or son’s wedding, feeling the weight of responsibility for the organisation of the day itself, which is causing adrenaline in my chest. But also feeling the excitement and anticipation of your first-born’s special day and the butterflies in the stomach that brings.
In just a few days’ time I will be a mother-in-law! Luckily, to a lovely young man who is adorable, and certainly adored by my Bex! I spoke with her this evening as she was walking to the tube home from work. She has put in over 39 hours as an F1 junior doctor at Barnet Hospital in the last three days, 28 of them over the weekend. I’m not going to get political here, but she is virtually dead on her feet. Her main concern today, as she did over two hours unpaid overtime at the end of her day, because she was needed, is that she is so tired she can’t think straight, so how can she be an effective doctor? Still, I’ll leave that for another day. I have given her truckloads of Vitamin C, zinc, echinacea and other immune system-boosters, in the hope that she won’t fall ill as soon as she stops work on Thursday night. I pray that she can enjoy every moment of what really should be the best day of her life so far.
She has had some highlights already, as Olley’s speech will explain: sporting successes; excellent academic results leading to qualifying as a doctor; and some wonderful adventurous travels with amazing friends. Having read the words that Olley will speak after we’ve enjoyed afternoon tea on Saturday, I’m not sure either of us will have dry eyes. We are certainly very proud of our gorgeous girl. I know we’re biased, but as Olley will say, she’s not just beautiful on the outside…
I am very much controlled by my ‘to do’ lists and boxes to tick, and I’m hopeful that I’m on track for everything to come together on the day. But I have managed to give a few minutes’ thought to what will happen six days after The Wedding.
Christmas, of course.
I have my supermarket order made (I booked the perfect Christmas delivery slot at 3:50am one wakeful night!) and sausage rolls and mince pies are in the freezer. And we’ve got all the decorations up too.
Working at QVC means I see so many stunning ideas, and I find it hard to resist Bethlehem Lights, Bella Notte and all the other wonderful decorations we showcase. The decorations in the photos below are all courtesy of QVC, not all this year but gathered and enjoyed over the years (I notched up 15 of them as a QVC presenter last summer!).
One of my favourite purchases this year is one that won’t last for years, as it’s a wreath made from real foliage and berries. It’s from one of my favourite garden brands, Plants 2 Gardens, and is absolutely beautiful as you can see from the photo. Unfortunately it’s no longer available, but check out what else they have to offer. And look out in February, as they have a fabulous Gardening Pick of the Month coming!
I love our twig tree especially when I position it in front of the mirror in our hallway. It really brightens it with the reflections. I keep the hanging decorations on it simple – just a few glass angels and reindeer, to add to the glistening effect.
Our main Christmas tree is new for this year – it was a Today’s Special Value from Santa’s Best for our Countdown to Christmas event in October. I’m really pleased with it – beautifully lit with full, even foliage. The photo of it was taken by Olley as he enjoyed a glass of wine in front of the football. His team (Chelsea) were less than impressive, so he amused himself taking photos from the sofa. I especially like Santa and Rudolph at the foot of the tree!
If you have just pulled yours from its summer resting place and it is looking tired and bedraggled, take a look at the selection we have, still available for Christmas delivery. My personal favourite is from Bethlehem Lights – what’s particularly good about it is that it is slim line, so will fit into a smaller space and still look festively beautiful. Our tree is covered in decorations made and collected over many years, but the oldest and most special is right at the top. It’s an angel crafted from cotton wool, cardboard and glitter by Bex when she was just three.
Now, 21 years later, she is set to take the starring role in a Christmas wedding. Our little angel has grown up!
Wishing you all the best in your preparations for Christmas. And, as always, remembering those for whom this is a particularly difficult and sad time of year. Next week I hope to cheer you with the first photos of the wedding!
Until then, take care.