Forget 'Unchained Melody', this morning I am writing my blog to the accompaniment of a chain-saw or two! The tree men are here trimming back trees that have become overgrown in our new garden and removing others that are simply too big for the space that we have.
Looking out it all looks a bit drastic but I know it's the right thing to do and at the right time of year before everything is fully in leaf. Once I can see how much available space we have for new plants I will be able to take advantage of the great offers in Richard Jackson's Garden…we are launching the TSV together next Thursday midnight!
So the main subject of my blog is the surprise I mentioned in last week's blog for Chris's mum, Audrey, who was eighty yesterday. She had said she didn't want any fuss but we thought it was a pretty big deal especially as five years ago we feared this day would never come after complications following heart surgery.
As I told you last week, the Australian contingent arrived on Saturday and gave her a lovely surprise and we had told her that we were going up to Spalding to have lunch with them all yesterday. It was almost true except that it wasn't a quiet little family lunch, it was an Afternoon Tea Dance which Chris and I had been organising secretly over the past few months, aided and abetted by Audrey's friend Jane, without whom it wouldn't have been impossible to contact all her friends from the bowls club and dancing club.
We had to fib a little and tell her that we had been delayed in traffic on the A1 so we would be able to go straight to the venue to check everything was as we had planned before she arrived. Well done to all her friends who had managed to keep the 'secret' for weeks…it was worth it to see the look on her face as my two, Daniel and Sophie, led her into the room to be greeted by a chorus of 'Happy Birthday'.
It was lovely to see so many happy smiley faces and let me tell you eighty-somethings definitely know how to have a good time. The dance floor was never empty and I thought they all did very well not to trample on three-and-a-half-year-old Aliana who simply couldn't get enough of the music. Her little sister Amelia, at just fifteen months, also joined in, swaying in her high chair and being waltzed around the room at every opportunity. Daniel and Sophie were really good with the little ones … maybe it won't be too long before they have little ones of their own?!?!
It was also lovely to catch up with Chris's Auntie Joyce and Uncle Dave, both in their eighties too. Dave is a very talented painter and insisted we dropped in to their house on our way home so that he could give us a painting he had just had framed for our new home. I'll take a picture of it once it's on the wall. We were all shattered by the time we got back home last night but all the effort had truly been worth it.
There are a couple of other BIG birthdays in my circle this year. My Chris is sixty in August, and Simon Wilson, of Butler & Wilson, is…??? I couldn't possibly say but he looks great on it. I popped in to see Simon at his South Molton Street shop on Wednesday on my way from a visit to the fabulous Elemis Day Spa in Mayfair.
The Elemis mini-series starts tomorrow night at 9pm with Debs Flint, and I am with Keeley on Sunday and then again for a two-hour show on Tuesday, also at 9pm. They had invited me to experience the Pro Intense Lifting Treatment, which was excellent and can be almost replicated at home by buying the box set of Pro Intense. I really enjoyed it although the therapist very kindly said that my skin doesn't really need it yet except as an occasional boost – what a nice compliment from a skin expert.
So finally I get round to giving some really good news to one person, the winner of the Decleor competition that I set on here last Friday. We were blown away by the number of responses, almost 1,200 of you, and almost all of you correctly said that Decleor are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year … (lots of birthdays with a zero on the end – just saying, Simon!!) Sadly there can only be one winner and it is Susan Kennedy (check your emails and let us know your address so we can send you your winnings)!
Big congratulations and I'm sure you will enjoy the products. I'll have to think what the next competition will be!! By the way, if you left me a comment as well as your answer I will get round to replying this week…sorry, it's all been a bit hectic with Nana's party!
I'll see you later today and also bright and early tomorrow morning at 11am for the Vitamix TSV…if you have never seen it demonstrated tune in, it's so much more than a blender!
Hope the weekend lives up to the weathermen's promise where you are.