Before any more time passes, I really wanted to thank you ALL for making last Wednesday such a fabulous event. Not just the HUGE amount of money that was raised, but also for all your calls and comments throughout the night. Jules and Dale did a brilliant job and Miceal was amazing in the phone room (Clare of course actually taking the calls), while Will and my lovely editor Bry were at the heart of it all, keeping all you avid Facebook and Twitter fans in the loop
It was lovely to see Andrea McClean again, and Joe Swash was really sweet too. As for Lemar – what a voice! And such a nice man. I know that Breast Cancer Care were blown away by our total of £380,000, which added to all the money they had raised at the Fashion Show means that the much needed services they provide are safe for at least another year. Thank you all!
In between all that I had a family lunch with my stepdaughter Becky, husband Mark and Ethan again, and Sam and Jack joined us too. Lucy was at a wedding, but Colin managed to sneak away from work for a day, and he and Mark discussed music and played their guitars, while we all entertained little Ethan, who was fighting a dreadful cold, but rallied until tiredness took over – bless!
Thank you all so much for your enquiries about Colin's music. I'm sorry that I didn't include the link in my last blog but wanted to dedicate a decent amount of space to it rather than squeeze it in at the end!
The album is a mix of Country Songs, hence the title 'I Think I've Gone Country' and all the songs are fabulous stories which he wrote the lyrics and music for. The first track on the album is called 'Stone Rolling Home' which he wrote for me – how great is that?! Oh and a love song called 'I'm Easy' – which isn't what it suggests (!) but is lovely
He began writing a couple of summers ago now, but with work and life generally, it's taken a while to bring the whole thing together. He worked with a number of other musicians on some of the tracks, but he sings and plays guitar on them all. He is self taught – his mum and dad bought him a guitar when he was about 15 and his love affair with music began.
Infact – and this is a true story – being a Watford boy, he played gigs in and around the town and was approached one night and asked to play bass for a band that were picking up a lot of work. "Who are they?" he enquired…"Wham" they said…."No way am I playing for a band called Wham!" he replied…!! There's a video of one of the tracks for you to watch too if you'd like – oh, and guess who the girl is perched on the fence?! I hope you enjoy – do let me know what you think. You can find it here on their band website.
Still waiting for news on the house – finally got the survey back and need further investigations, so keeping everything crossed. That said, feeling a little sad as the sheep are back in the field opposite and when I move, I won't see the lambs in the spring, but I guess I can always come back and visit.
Well, I must change out of my Carole Hochman snuggly leisure suit and get dressed for work. Busy day today, but excited already about Friday – Diamonique Day!! I have three hours with you, and have chosen the most beautiful multi strand tennis bracelet as my favourite piece, which believe me was no mean feat when you see what else is coming up on the day.
I hope that you are staying warm in this rather damp cold weather, and can raise a smile – as I did – remembering the full page article, with photos, in the Daily Mail last Thursday, writing of our promised Indian Summer this week with temperatures in the 70s and wall to wall sunshine… journalistic licence I guess, or maybe just wishful thinking!
Oh, and one final thing – I thought you might like to read this lovely article which appeared in the Beds On Sunday – I wouldn't want you to think I didn't appreciate you all
You take care, and I will look forward – as I always do – to reading about your week! With love, Ali xx