I’ve been busy enjoying myself again, having recently returned from a trip to Florida to meet up with our younger son Billy, who was celebrating his 21st birthday. He had been working at a summer camp in Pennsylvania teaching magic to children.
When the camp finishes the overseas workers are allowed to travel within America for a month and Billy’s visa was valid until the day after his birthday. He rather liked the idea of turning 21 in America so we flew across the Atlantic to celebrate with him.
It was wonderful to see him after three months and we had a fabulous time doing some of the things you do in Florida. Having said that, it was so expensive that Olley and I avoiding joining Billy and his mate Glenn in any of the big theme parks, but we did go to The Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, which was a real highlight.
We’ve been there once before but Billy was too young to really remember it, and they have a brilliant exhibit there now that wasn’t there the last time we visited. It tells the story of the shuttle programme, and the actual Atlantis shuttle is there to see. There are loads of interactive stations, a fascinating full-scale model of the Hubble telescope and also the opportunity to experience a shuttle launch, as close as possible – great fun! The whole exhibition is done really well and I found it inspirational. Definitely worth the dollars if you’re over there.
I’ve had a fantastic, travel-filled summer with my sabbatical and this Stateside holiday, but one of the downsides is that it seems as though I’ve barely been in the UK to see my friends. Ali Keenan and I share a dressing room but hardly ever see each other at work as I tend to work the early shift while Ali is usually on the evening hours. We put that right earlier this week, however, when we got together for lunch in Windsor, near where we both live. We spent several hours catching up and putting the world to rights before I finally dropped her home after six pm! A good chat!
The photo looks a little strange as we have our umbrellas up even though it looks sunny with blue skies. It was, in fact, starting to rain with a big black cloud right above us.
A QVC presenter who I do see plenty of is Simon Biagi, my regular partner in crime on the Morning Show. We’ve been friends since before we became QVC presenters and my husband Olley was the wedding photographer when he and Tove were married in New Zealand around 20 years ago! It’s always good to work with him but today was a particular treat as he presented me a jar of some plum jam he made earlier in the week, using plums he grew himself. It’s totally yummy.
A man of many talents, is Simon. I just hope I haven’t got him in trouble – all the presenters will be asking him for some if they read this…
I’ll be back here before too long – watch this space!
Until then, take care and best wishes. Kathy