My week started off with the sad news that my uncle had died after battling cancer. He was my Dad's younger brother and the last of that generation of the family. He was very kind to me and my family at Dad's funeral and made a particular impression on my daughter Sophie; he'll be sorely missed.
Then only five days later another tragic death in the family – his son Tim, a couple of years my junior and seemingly fit and healthy. It was a dreadful shock for all of us.
But I was reminded that life goes on when just a couple of hours later I had a message from Keeley Aydin, our Elemis guest, to say that she'd just given birth to a son. I'm so pleased for her, and I just know she's going to be a brilliant mum. She even sent me a photo of him – he's a real cutie and I'm itching for a cuddle! She thought he might be born on my birthday (the 10th) but he was far too impatient!
Incidentally, thanks for all the lovely cards you've sent me, I'll drop you all a line individually if you send in your addresses to me. I had most of my birthday off, but I did come in to work for the launch of the Butler & Wilson TSV – how could I miss that?!! Simon Wilson's one of my favourite guests and I'm really looking forward to his 40th anniversary shows on the 12th and 13th of August. He'll be bringing his new book to QVC then too; I've seen it and it's a fantastic pictoral extravaganza – I know you'll all love it!
So that just leaves the marriages. You'll have heard me mention that I'm off to Scotland for my niece Rachel's wedding. Her betrothed is a Highlander, so all the men in his family will be wearing kilts… I hope it's not too windy on the day! The setting sounds very romantic, and I'll try to post some photos of the big day when I get back. I wonder, were any of you married in exotic locations? Do let me know.
See you all when I'm back,