By crikey it’s turned chilly! I am sitting here next to the radiator in my onesie, very glad of the additional (although faux) fleece lining! Hard to believe I picked a strawberry from the garden along with the last rosebuds just yesterday, but then we have been spoiled with such a long and unbelievably warm autumn.
Actually, talking of flowers, Sam bought me a bunch of lilies when he came to look after me, and I literally had them on display until this weekend – they were beautiful. I’ve been hunting out a Poinsettia to replace them, but the only ones I’ve seen to date are incredibly tall and leggy. As the leaves have a tendency to drop from the bottom first, it’ll probably look like a palm tree by Christmas Day!
Thanks so much for all your lovely responses to my last blog. Your kind words, and sweet sentiments meant a lot, and both Colin and I were thrilled that you enjoyed his video and Christmas song so much. Thanks to you it’s done really well and is now available on iTunes, so you can actually download it or get the CD from The Sid’s website which is fabulous : ) We’re keeping everything crossed it will make the Christmas chart!
It’s not just the long autumn that lulled me into a false sense of security, but also the notable lack of Christmas songs on the radio too! Lucy said that apparently this year the BBC decided not to play any until the 1st December, which is certainly preferable to a few years back, when I was rifling through a rail of summer dresses in a department store, whilst being serenaded by Slade! I have to admit to preferring the older and more traditional Christmas songs like ‘Chestnuts Roasting’ or ‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’, although Mariah Carey and ‘All I Want For Christmas’ is right up there with them – probably because the film ‘Love Actually’ is one of my all time favourites.
I love the cinema although we rarely go, and I don’t really watch a great deal of TV normally, but while I was home last month, I treated myself to several episodes of Bargain Hunt, along with Homes Under the Hammer and This Morning – oh and QVC of course!
That’s just daytime TV, but this time of the year brings the shows I love – Strictly, I’m a Celebrity and the X Factor. I’ve often dreamed of twirling round the Blackpool Ballroom, bravely wading through a plate of wichety grubs and even belting out a Blues number on the big stage! Am I the only one, or do you secretly long to wear the jungle crown or display the Strictly glitter ball on your mantle piece … do share! : )
Actually Colin and I had a little of ALL of the above on a ‘date night’ that he organised last week. He’s been working mad hours over this last month, and so we’ve hardly seen each other, so we met in London prior to our night out and hotel stay. Granted the food was a great deal nicer than Wichety Grubs, and the lovely singer called Cousin Alice who serenaded us in the jazz club could have won the X Factor hands down, but Colin led me around the dance floor with such finesse even Darcy would have been dazzled!
London is a fabulous city at all times of the year, but particularly magical at Christmas with the special decorations, and we were very impressed with this beautiful tree in Covent Garden (above). The following morning, after a delicious cooked breakfast, we decided to visit the British Museum – somewhere I’d not been since I was 11 years old, although I worked just around the corner in Bedford Square for two years!
What a fabulous building, and so well preserved since they built a roof over The Great Court. It’s actually a lot larger than I realised, and the artefacts that are on display there seriously took my breath away. There was an exhibition which contained several Egyptian mummies, and a collection of all the incredible things they were buried with. An amazing array of gold and silver table wear, beautiful jewellery, glass ornaments and plates, paintings, carvings, gemstones – all there for the deceased to take with them into the afterlife. Some of these things were in such good condition, they looked as if they were on loan from Cartier or Harrods (excluding the mummies of course!) : )
I’m back with you later today, and delighted to not only have some time with Lulu and her Time Bomb skincare range, but also Kim Mendelson and Kim & Co before my regular Diamonique slot at 9pm – soooo many great gift ideas in all three hours! I’ll be with you again over the weekend, but on Sunday after work I’m haring into London to meet Colin and his children so that we can all take a trip to The Shard! I’m hoping it’ll be a beautiful day so I can take loads of photos for you from the top.
After that we are heading off to the Christmas market and then the younger folk plan to ice skate – Colin and I will cheer from the sidelines, hopefully while holding a mulled wine, so applauding won’t be an option : ) Last time I went ice skating I was in my 30’s, wearing a pair of elasticated tracksuit trousers which were pulled to my ankles by a small child who’d lost his balance … not an experience I would care to repeat!!!
I think that’s pretty much all my news to date, so I’ll look forward very much to hearing yours, and finding out which is YOUR all-time favourite Christmas song – you can, of course, include ‘Santa Left Me’! : )
Have a great weekend, and stay warm! With my love, Ali xx