I’ve often mentioned on air that I can’t draw or paint pictures, I am however a dab hand when it comes to interior/exterior decorating which was handy this week as Chris needed help painting the tool-shed he had built. We decided on a deep shade of green so that it would just blend in with the surroundings and I think we have achieved the desired effect.
We had also ordered a wooden arch to create an entrance to the area where my gym has been constructed which was delivered on Tuesday, so Chris had his work cut out constructing and erecting that while I was busy at my computer. Let me explain.
The manuscript of my first novel arrived back from the copy editor on Monday and although I had intended not to work on it until Tuesday, my day off this week, I was itching to get started so sat down for a quick look on Monday evening after I got in from QVC … BIG mistake! I finally got to bed at 2am having read through about half the book and accepted or rejected changes as far as chapter 10.
It is all such a learning curve for me as I have never been on any writing courses, so the notes from my copy editor concerning POV (point of view/perspective) and show not tell, which fortunately I seem to do naturally, would have been gobbledygook had she not explained everything in her notes section. It is really labour-intensive but I want my book to be as good as it can be before approaching publishers/literary agents or self-publishing, as my friend and colleague Debs Flint did.
If I self publish, the book will be called ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…’, but a publisher may have other ideas! I have been so busy with it that I haven’t even managed to get in the gym since Sunday, so a long session is required this weekend sometime as it’s my weekend off.
It’s been a very busy week at work too with the Elemis TSV last Sunday – let me know what you think of the serum if you got it. Today I am on air at 4pm with the 2nd show of Molton Brown since its return to QVC last month. I’m hoping it will last the full hour this time although if it does sell-out early again I will simply have more time to spend with Dennis Basso and Fashion on Friday.
On last week’s blog I mentioned Sophie has a new car. It is not brand new, but it is the first car that she has owned that she actually REALLY wanted. She traded in her silver VW Polo for a red, convertible Mini Cooper and fortunately, since buying it, we have had some decent weather so she has been able to have the roof off … unlike the day we went to see it, which was torrential rain! I’ve always loved convertible cars so it is interesting to see her following in my footsteps.
Also, on my blog a couple of weeks ago I promised to post my recipe for Dorset Apple Cake, apologies that it is a week late but here goes:
- 1 large Bramley apple (about 8oz)
- 8oz self-raising flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- half a teaspoon cinnamon
- 4oz cold butter (I use Brittany butter with sea salt in it)
- 4oz golden caster sugar
- 2 medium eggs, beaten
- Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1. Preheat oven to 190C (Gas Mark 5), and lightly grease 20cm/8 inch cake tin (preferably springform base)
2. Peel and core the apple and cut into quarters. Dice 3 quarters and finely slice the other
3. Put flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a mixing bowl and rub in diced butter to form breadcrumbs
4. Add the sugar, diced apple and lemon zest then gradually stir in the beaten eggs
5. Spoon into cake tin and level the surface. Arrange the apple slices on the top of the cake.
6. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes until springy to the touch. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with a couple of teaspoons of golden caster sugar. Leave to cool slightly (about 10 minutes) and then serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
Enjoy it if you make it and have a great weekend