Thanks for your suggestions for the flavour of birthday cake for my mum…in the end I played it safe with a chocolate cake, which was very well received. I am just hoping my mum did as she said she was going to and shared the remainder with her neighbours!
Mum absolutely loved her presents, all from QVC I might add. She had some Liz Earle goodies and some L'Occitane hand cream. She was so funny as everything she opened she kept saying, 'I'm almost out of this', and she was describing what she liked about all the different products almost as though she was a guest on QVC – I've trained her well! I also bought her a beautiful Peony Flowers arrangement of roses in a fishbowl, which I think she thought were real at first.
Talking of fish, her final present was the Charlie Bear called 'Fish'. If you don't know the story, Will and Charlie's first date was a fish and chip supper in the east coast resort of Whitby. In honour of it they created three bears, Fish, Chips and Mushy Peas. My mum and dad used to love going to Whitby so I got 'Fish' for Mum as a kind of reminder of those happy times.
She loved the bear but didn't like his name so I hope Will and Charlie won't mind that we renamed him 'Whitby'. If you love Charlie Bears they are on QVC tomorrow night at 10pm as part of our Customer Favourites Day, where everything is on 3 Easy Payments. I'm not sure what my mum's cat, Tabby, will make of Whitby but I'm pretty sure it won't mean fewer cuddles for her as she is absolutely gorgeous.
We had a really lovely afternoon with my mum before taking our leave around 6pm so that we could get Chris's mum, Audrey, home before driving back to London. She had a great visit with us including being able to witness the International Space Station passing over our house not once but twice. I'm not really 'into' astronomy but it was very humbling to look up and see that bright light travelling across the dark night sky, knowing that it was two hundred miles up and that there were people on board.
It was Sophie who had alerted us that this was going to be visible from our house when she came round to have dinner on Sunday and Monday. We all stood in the front garden looking up, even our next door neighbour, who is also our landlady. She had come round to tell us that Sophie's car was 'smoking'.
Sophie had left it running as her battery needed charging and that was what the AA had suggested. Unfortunately the fan had broken and, as Sophie needed her car to get to the V Festival in Chelmsford this weekend, Chris and I had to drop it off at the garage to be fixed after our marathon journey to Nottingham and back via Spalding. How funny that we should see this warning sign on the M11, a road I very rarely travel on.
Sophie has never been camping before so I am hoping the weather stays kind for them. We will be babysitting her cat, Oskar, for the weekend…my cat, Poppy, will not be amused! I will have to pop in and feed him tonight on my way home from the final show of the Elemis mini series, two hours from 9pm tonight, and then tomorrow morning we will bring him over to our house to stay until the girls are back on Monday…there may bit a bit of hissing and growling going on, and that will just be my partner, Chris!
Finally, I hope you enjoyed the Butler & Wilson Anniversary shows this week? There was some debate as to which anniversary it actually was…Simon and I think it was the 19th, but officially it was the 18th. Our lovely kitchen assistant, Jo, who helps out with the preparations for the on air cooking shows, baked him this magnificent cake, which he proceeded to cut into and eat live on air.
The inside was layers of sponge in red, white and blue…doesn't Jo know that Crystal Palace's colours are just red and blue! Yes, my team start their first Premiership campaign in eight years on Sunday, at home to Spurs, and I am beyond excited. I'm not even that bothered about the result, it's just great to be back where I believe we belong…Chapter 38 of my book!
Crikey, this blog has almost turned into a book but must stop now as I'm on air with Skechers at 5pm for my regular Fashion on Friday show. Incidentally, if you love fashion, check out the new QVC Style channel launched this week on Sky and Freeview, and the QVC Extra channel. You can watch all of our channels now online.
Have a great weekend.