Hi there, and thanks so much for the lovely comments on my last blog – so pleased you enjoyed the photos. Thanks also for your often hilarious descriptions of driver’s licence photographs! In case you weren’t a party to last week’s blog, I’d been reminded to update my driver’s licence, and was mightily relieved to be able to change the ghastly photograph of myself there. Very efficient service I have to say, as it arrived just five days later! I am now in the market for changing my car – a slightly lengthier and more time-consuming process – but I think my somewhat sporty model needs to be replaced with something a tad more suited to my creaking joints! Any suggestions please post below : )Luckily it was my friend Jo who drove us in her very comfortable car all the way to Polruan in Cornwall last Wednesday. I hadn’t visited this beautiful county since 2011 when we stayed just past the Devon border. It was a fair bit further this time, but luckily Jo has a sat nav, so once we were off the motorway we didn’t get lost.
A bit of a funny story there as Jo’s had her car for years, and a while back when we drove together to collect her daughter from Bath Uni, she put the sat nav on to guide us into the city. Imagine my surprise when I heard my own voice on it! I had recorded it for Alpine literally years ago and had never heard it ‘stitched’ together before. What was most surprising though was that Jo – whom I’ve known since we were 11 – hadn’t realised it was me! : ) Repeating phrases and directions kept us laughing all the way from Launceston.
Jo and her family spent all their childhood holidays in Polruan or Fowey, and when Jo married and had children of her own, they too came here. As I mentioned we’ve been friends forever, and this was very much a trip down memory lane for her. We were staying with her friend Dan, whom she met when she was 12 and he was just two. She’d broken her arm that summer so she couldn’t go swimming or waterskiing, and so she spent the entire holiday looking after Dan. His family lived in Polruan, next door to the cottage Jo’s family were renting.
Dan now has his own boat and manages a tour that takes you downriver, past the church were Demelza and Ross were married in Poldark (pictured below), and through a wonderful reedy area that was inspiration to Kenneth Grahame when he wrote Wind in the Willows!With superb and very entertaining commentary he guided us from Polruan through Lerryn, Lostwithiel and through to Polperro where we all had fish and chips out of the paper – perfect! I took this shot as we wound our way back, arriving in Polruan around 9pm. Highly recommended and very reasonable too! We were SO lucky with the weather and spent the next two days walking along the coastal paths. This fabulous view is Lantic Bay, and this is as close to it as we were able to get as it was incredibly steep and Jo’s had three knee surgeries! We kept our eyes peeled for Ross Poldark on his horse, but were sadly disappointed : ( Up hill, and down dale we hiked, and the sun shone constantly. Friday was stunning and Dan took us across from Polruan to Fowey in his boat and having bought some huge sandwiches we headed off past Readymoney Cove and up onto the coast path towards Pridmouth. It’s a lovely walk and we were rewarded with a beautiful beach to sit on. It’s a good job we did all that walking because between us, we must have eaten our body weight in pasties, Cornish ice-cream and cider – bought from The Lugger pub right on the harbour in Polruan. I thought I knew most things about Jo and her life, but it was really special to spend this time with her and to relive some of her memories, and to make some new ones together too. : )
I was back to work on Sunday when I spent an hour in the kitchen, and then two hours with Richard Jackson and friends in the garden – literally! It was lovely to be outside for some of the time, although pretty hot with the lights as well as the sunshine! Did you see the Original Garden Broom? It’s been a top seller for ages, and will be perfect for me to sweep around my pots! I was also really pleased to have disguised a rather ugly oil storage tank with the Garden Reflections Living Wall. Faux leaves and berries making up eight panels and providing incredible coverage! It was the TSV but I know there’s more stock available on our website – red or yellow berries!
Lots to look forward to here at QVC over the coming weeks, not least Diamonique Day on Tuesday 5th September. Charlie is launching the day and the TSV – which is a stunning and stylish watch PLUS a Diamonique tennis bracelet! You may have seen me wearing the rose gold option last week, but there are three different colours and the styling is spot on.Subtle yet chic, practical but pretty, and when you hear the price which includes the tennis bracelet, you may well want to buy more than one! There’s lots to look forward to, among them these fabulous designs…I’m lucky enough to be with Charlie for our three hour finale, which if it’s anything like the last one we presented together, will be a riot! : ) Such a special day which is the culmination of months of work from our buying team, and never disappoints with stunning designs, fabulous choice and high-end finishing. I still find it impossible to see a difference between our Diamonique stones and real diamonds… what do you think? Join us at 9pm on the 5th and be part of the party.
Something else I must mention is a brand new beauty product that makes up part of the Gatineau TSV on the 10th September. If you love their DefiLift range then you will definitely want to try their new body oil. Used in conjunction with a body brush (that’s included) you’ll find that it really boosts the circulation, smoothing and firming the skin. Great for ageing skin (that’ll be me then!) it smells absolutely delicious, and is immensely hydrating. The DefiLift cream, Eye Contour Lift and firming Throat Gel are also part of the TSV, and you can find out more online.
Well that’s it from me for now, but I very much hope to have a competition for you next time, with a rather special prize. Please do keep in touch, and I’ll look forward to hearing about your holidays and maybe new car suggestions for me! Until next time…
With my love,