I couldn’t let another day pass without thanking you SO much for making last Monday’s Breast Cancer Care fundraiser such a phenomenal success! The three hours flew by, and it was a joy to work with Craig, Miceal, Charlie and Will – plus of course all your favourite guests and kind folk who were manning the phones and the social media room. Weren’t the models from the Fashion Show wonderful? I had plenty of time to chat with them before we went live, and they are all delightful and hugely positive, in spite of their understandable fears… I was really thrilled that you loved the I Hope ring as much as the pendant, and that the Forever pendant which Charlie and I had designed was equally popular. I am very much hoping that all these pieces of jewellery will be re ordered before Christmas, just in case you missed them. You may remember that we finished the night on £306,000, but I want you to know that the total raised climbed to a staggering £315,000!
Your generosity is humbling, and I am so grateful to know that this money will provide the emotional and practical support that is needed by so many of us whose lives are touched by breast cancer. I would also like to add that I personally felt hugely supported and loved, thanks to all those of you who got in touch to wish me luck with my scan, and then congratulated me on the happy result The lumps were fibrous tissue and encapsulation around the implant – such a relief…. Seriously though, you are amazing….
Well it’s been a busy week, what with one thing and another, but I am delighted to tell you that not only do I now have a fabulous iMac, but Colin bought me a desk and chair so that I have a proper writing area too! Hopefully now I can forge ahead with writing my book as I have been promising myself for several years now!
Lucy had her birthday last weekend, and we all went to Butterfly World. I made her a butterfly birthday cake in my KitchenAid - what do you think? We had a lovely time together, and saw not just beautiful butterflies like these, but also some meerkats, which were hilarious!
I was then spoiled to a preview night at the theatre to see the brand new production of Made in Dagenham. Ros’s Chris makes curtains and dressings for all the London theatres, and so he had a few coveted tickets. Whoever bid for and won our BCC auction lot that included this musical will be thrilled! It is brilliant! Seriously, one of the funniest, slickest, most beautifully presented, and cleverly staged productions I have seen in a very long time. The entire cast are superb and I would highly recommend it! I am definitely planning to go and see it again
And then to round off the week, Colin and I drove to Stratford Upon Avon with Ros and Chris to meet Mitch and Ali for a special dinner dance. We had a great time;all dressed up in our finery, ate and drank everything in sight, and danced ourselves dizzy until the wee small hours… I felt every one of my 54 years on Sunday morning though, and was amazed that Chris managed to motor his way through this scone only one hour after a cooked breakfast!!
A couple of things I must mention before I go, is that I won’t be with you for a week or so because of my final reconstructive surgery this week. Hopefully if it all goes according to plan I will be back on the 28th October for a very special Honora Pearl show where I have something incredible to share with you – and no, not just Ralph!
Our jewellery buyers visited the JCK Jewellery Fair in Las Vegas last June, and found these unbelievable earrings. HUGE 20mm Keshi pearls in 18ct gold with flat cut diamonds! One pair in white pearl, and the other in rose (there were actually three pairs but Ralph’s wife Jenny got first dibs on the peach ones which is only fair!) To find Keshi pearls of this size, so well matched in colour and size, is remarkable. They are obviously free-formed pure nacre, and would have taken years to get to this size. Even Ralph and Honora – who see literally millions upon millions of pearls – said these were a once in a lifetime find, and for us to have them for you as a private reserve next Tuesday is marvellous. Our previous ‘vault finds’ have always proved popular, but if you consider yourself a discerning jewellery buyer, and collector of rare and valuable things, you won’t want to miss them!
All that remains for me to do is to name the winner of my ‘Seasonal Sound’ competition! Thanks again to so many of your for taking part, and I’m delighted to announce that…. Katherine Norris correctly guessed (along with hundreds of others) that the sound was indeed Colin and I playing conkers! I will make sure the Leighton Denny prize is posted out to you immediately.
I hope you have a great week, again so very many thanks to you for your incredible kindness and generosity – I feel very lucky indeed to have you all in my life! Keep in touch, and I will look forward to reading all your news.
With my love,