It’s 10 past six in the evening, and the sun has just disappeared behind the trees in our garden. Another glorious day and proof were it needed, that spring has definitely sprung, and we are hopefully all enjoying this much warmer weather. I am trying to walk at least two miles a day, and snapped this photo of the pussy willow which surrounds the village green. The daffodils are already in bud, and we have a whole host of ducks nesting on the pond.
Thank you so very much for all the competition entries – my poor editor has been run ragged trying to post them all : ) As promised, I will be announcing the winner of those beautiful heart-cut Diamonique drop earrings at the end of the blog – keep your fingers crossed! : ) Great too to catch up with so many of you, and to know that the ‘Army’ is pulling together and supporting each other – I realise it’s been another tough month for some of you…
Well it’s been a busy fortnight, and I seem to have been working almost constantly since I returned on the 26th February. Not that I’m complaining – being back at the Q has been great, and although I’ve had a few wardrobe malfunctions, I am getting used to avoiding low-cut tops and dresses, and making sure that ‘Beryl’ doesn’t creep out of my clothing!
My friend Jo and I had a lovely day in London together, and this last weekend we had a leisurely pub lunch before heading off around Virginia Water. It is part of Windsor Great Park, and is four and a half miles if you choose to walk the entire way round – which we did! The sun shone, and although a fair distance to walk it was lovely to see so many folk out enjoying the warm weather with their dogs, children, skateboards and scooters. We never seem to have enough time to catch up properly, but she has been very helpful in advising me with my book writing, which has sort of ground to a halt recently. I think I’m inspired again though, and hope to add to the 10,000 words I’ve already written!
On a trip of a different sort – purely retail! – I met up with Julie, who is one of the gang of girls I go away with twice a year for our weekend retreats! She is possibly one of the best-dressed and impeccably groomed women I know, and shopping with her is an education! Most of my retail therapy is done online, but it was like having a personal shopper with me, and although we didn’t do so well with trying to find swimwear for me (my fault for giving up) I did get a couple of dresses and a fabulous jacket.
She also gave me some great baby shower ideas, and bought me a rather large piece of gingerbread – suffice to say we will be doing it again!!! This spring I won’t be with the girls though, as Colin’s booked us a last minute break to the sun, so we’ll be heading to Morocco, as they meet up on the outskirts of Oxford. They’re not going to escape my company that easily though, because I’m planning a kind of girls night in/hen do at mine, before the wedding, so watch this space!
Talking of the wedding, the invites are ordered, church booked and paid for, and we have our taster session at the hotel in 10 days time. It’s so we can decide what we’ll have for the Wedding Breakfast, and we had to choose two starters, two mains and two deserts from a very elaborate and mouth-watering menu which wasn’t easy! I don’t imagine it’ll be that easy to make the final decision on the night either – but we’ll have fun trying : )
We certainly had fun last night celebrating my son Sam’s 26th birthday. I find it quite odd that while I can visualise every detail of my labour and his birth, I had difficultly in remembering where I’d even hidden his birthday card! He’d chosen an original poster of Back to the Future for his present, which we’d had framed, and although a little unwieldy we managed to get it into the pub without knocking any drinks over. In fact the staff was great, and took both the cake I’d made, and the one Sam’s girlfriend Abbie had baked, and presented them both with great aplomb at the end of the evening.
Sam loves chocolate and so I’d made a chocolate fudge cake, and Abbie had done the same, but she decorated hers with Cadbury’s creme eggs and mini eggs!!! An absolute feast! Unfortunately we all ate so much pizza, the cakes barely got a look in at the end of the night, but they should keep the wolf from Sam’s door for at least a few days! Colin’s gang all came for the evening too, and I do feel truly blessed to be marrying into such a lovely family.
They all get on so well which is always a bonus! It was lovely also to see Jack and his girlfriend Aimee, and although Lucy wasn’t able to make it I will be seeing her this weekend for Mother’s Day and my birthday. Today is her last day at school, and I for one will be very relieved to know that she can now relax and look forward to her baby arriving. I’m driving up to see her next week, so that we can go shopping for all the things she’ll need to bring home with baby from the hospital – sooo excited!! : )
This year Mother’s Day is the day before my birthday, and so Colin’s gang and my boys will be with me on the Saturday evening, and then Lucy will join us on Sunday morning for brunch before I head into work. Do you have any special plans? I won’t get to see my mum this year, but I do remember when I was seven years old, buying her a hot cross bun a week before Mother’s Day and putting it into a Tupperware box to keep as a present for her. She very sweetly picked the green mould off it and ate it, washed down with a cup of milky tea that my five year old sister had brewed! I hasten to add that my gifts in the years that followed have been hopefully a lot more palatable! I hope that whatever you’re doing, and if you’re not able to be with your mum, you will know that you’re loved and appreciated – as you should be EVERY day of the year.
And so, as promised, let’s find out who won our Seasonal Sound competition. Having been overwhelmed with entries yet again, it seems I hadn’t fooled any of you! Well, possibly a few who suggested raindrops and a valentine card being pushed through the letter box – I liked that : )
The answer was indeed me flipping/tossing a pancake! And out of the 550 or so correct answers the winner is Karen Barrett! I hope you love the earrings : ) For those who didn’t win, don’t forget to join me this Thursday at 9pm for another hour of stunning and very well-priced Diamonique jewellery.
I think that’s all I have room for, but aside from recommending you join Antthony and I at 10pm on Thursday – we have to see if he makes any other marvellous ‘lost in translation’ bloopers – treat yourself to the new series of Poldark – Sunday nights at 9pm on BBC 1. I know it clashes with Indian Summers, but it is brilliant! Watch it on Catch Up if you missed it, you won’t be disappointed. The chap who plays Ross does for Poldark what Colin Firth did for Pride and Prejudice – and he apparently swims without his shirt! : ) Enough excitement for one blog… You take care, I hope you have a wonderful week, and I look forward as always to hearing all your news.
With my love, Ali xx