My only day off this week was Tuesday and fortunately for me it was a gloriously sunny day which I took full advantage of. The sheets were off our bed the moment we were out of it and in the washing machine so that, by the time we had finished breakfast, they were ready to hang out on the line. You really know spring is around the corner when you start to hang the washing out on a regular basis and it comes in almost dry and smelling so fresh.
A second load went into the machine and once that was done we headed out to our local beauty spot, Virginia Water, for a walk. Although we didn’t walk all the way round, I was pretty tired by the time we got home, two hours later, so spent the afternoon tidying my desk and writing a few more words of my new novel, as yet untitled, before starting to make dinner… our new favourite, Lentil Bake.
A couple of hours after enjoying our dinner, as we sat relaxing in front of the television, Chris and I suddenly looked at each other and said, ‘Can you smell something?’ A burning smell had hit our nostrils at exactly the same moment. Panic-stricken, as I had finished off the Lentil Bake under the grill at maximum temperature, we rushed to the kitchen not knowing what we would find.
Relief flooded over me when I realised that it was not the grill I had left on but the gas ring on minimum after steaming broccoli. My Cook’s Essentials saucepan had boiled dry and had a burnt coating right across the base. At least it was only a ruined saucepan and not the whole kitchen up in flames! But we are talking Cook’s Essentials here and when I rinsed it, after it had cooled down, the non-stick was totally undamaged…very impressive!
Another QVC product that has impressed me this week is the Gtech AirRam K9, which is coming up as a TSV this weekend. Now that we have three cats living with us, it is a constant battle to keep the carpets and rugs free from cat hair particularly as house cats shed more apparently and neither Wilfie nor Milo like being brushed, unlike Poppy who regards it as a real treat.
Our rug in the lounge has a slight sculpted pattern on it, which is difficult to get the cat hairs out of usually, but not with the K9. I guess its name is making reference to the fact that it is good on dog hairs but I can confirm it’s brilliant for cat hair too. My one tip is that if it starts to leave fluff on the floor it is ready to be emptied, which, in itself, is a very quick and easy process. It gets the thumbs up from me for the rugs we have at home.
Talking of the cats, I just had to share these two pictures with you. Forget the saying ‘it’s a dog’s life'; I definitely want to come back as a cat! In truth, Poppy and Milo don’t get on all that well really. We have to more or less feed Poppy on demand as sometimes she won’t eat at all but other times she will polish off a whole tin or more.
Milo’s life revolves around food. He finishes his meals within a minute and then goes in search of any scraps left in Wilfie’s or Poppy’s bowls so we think he has become jealous of the many small feeds she gets a day while he is only fed three times. He has to eat in a different room from the other two or he would push them out of the way to get at their food but when he occasionally dashes past us to get at Poppy’s bowl we think it has scared her so she now hisses at him.
The two of them would never settle down to sleep together but Wilfie and Poppy will share a sofa as will Wilfie and Milo. I suppose it’s just like humans really, you can’t get on with everybody. The house is going to feel very empty when Dan has Wilfie back and Sophie moves out with Milo but I think Poppy is probably looking forward to having the house to herself again.
I’m not working this weekend and would normally be off until next Thursday but I am coming in especially on Tuesday as it is Liz Earle’s 19th anniversary with QVC … we are presenting the 2pm show together. I was reading her piece on our homepage in which she mentions my ‘perm’ in the early days on QVC.
So many people over the years have thought I used to have a perm but it’s not the case. When my hair is shorter and cut into layers it is really really curly as you can see from the photo. My mum loves it like that but I’m not a massive fan, which is why I tend to keep longer, although it is due for a trim when I visit Aveda next week.
I hope all mums enjoy their day on Sunday.