– QVC funny – when Marion Emberson our craft guest had a senior moment on air!
– The psychic's prediction about a man…
– Mid life crisis – 'things you will eventually hear yourself say' – what's yours?
– And classic DVD recommendation – 'What Dreams May Come'
First, a quick update on the old greenfingers! Haven't really mentioned much about the garden this year – maybe 'cos it's taken second place to so many antics this summer!
But I was very pleased, amongst the various strawberries, tomatoes and potatoes to find some of my runner beans think they're going to be in Jack and the Beanstalk – they're ginormous!
Not sure that they'll be completely edible – may just save the beans themselves for planting next year. Wonder what you have to do with them? Just leave them on the stalk? Dry them out indoors, what? How has your garden been in our 'non event' of a summer this year?
Loving being on from time to time with Marion Emberson, one of our new craft guests! She's a bit scatty, to say the least… here she is on air with me on Monday night's papercraft show, lost in a little moment all of her own! Don't cha just love it?!
She's hilarious!! Building quite a following now I can tell you! Marion's also set up a Facebook site for you to catch up on the latest news and advice from the team – search Groups on Facebook.com for 'QVC CRAFT'. We added another 50 members during the show!
Sublime spare time
Well apart from doing a little more work on my novel, I've been out gallivanting again this week, including to see a pal of mine down in Southampton, who used to be a producer and now runs the Mayfair B&B.
This is me on the sea front – not far from where all the massive cruise liners come in – with Mark's dog George! It was a lovely day – windy but 'bracing' as they call it.
Also whilst I was down there my sister and I visited a lovely psychic lady called Linda, who foretold some interesting situations – including that I'll end up with an older man – or one who acts older – who has kids and is very trustworthy and reliable. Nice! Not yet, but maybe one day. Cool eh!
Ever since my dad came thru on psychic Sally Morgan's show, I've loved all that stuff. It doesn't really matter if it's proven or not, to me, I just like it! She also mentioned that maybe I should put my novel out there in 'short story' format – ie. a chapter at a time. Now this was a topic of conversation at one of the conferences I've been to this year – an apparently a lot of people are doing it. They put a chapter up for something like 29p! Would you download it that way? Let me know – one of my pals from my writing group is learning how to upload to kindle, so you never know!
Now someone who's already got a publishing deal, is John O'Connell – an ex-Time Out editor and newspaper journalist. His 'Midlife Manual' caught my attention when it was mentioned by a lady who called me about interviewing him last week, and as it was my brother Derek's birthday, I bought it for him. It's quite funny! Things like:
– 'foods you really should have grown out of by now' (blue drinks, processed-potato smiley face biscuits, yoghurt you suck out of tubes…)
– 'things you WILL eventually hear yourself saying' (and to think WE only had three channels; because I said so; no thanks it’ll keep me awake…)
– along with a chapter called 'Dealing with other people's children' (do not try to be their 'mate' – it makes you look even older and more pathetic than they already thought you were… :-) )
One last snippet from the book for you – 'middle age is when you're sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you'… 'cos you're too busy watching QVC of course! Lol. It's an easy-dip-in-dip-out type of coffee table book for those difficult to buy for 'mid lifers'! Like my bruvva Del boy!
EAT: Of course a meal out is always a good choice for most people – and whilst Craig and I have been sampling the fayre from many diverse venues around London courtesy of the daily deals voucher thing, I've also visited some classic places – like Jack's Place, just down the road from QVC in Battersea.
It's honestly one of the best steaks I've had – I may go back there when they've got lobster! Me and mate Nigel thoroughly enjoyed their Irish coffee – although mine just had a splash of alcohol – we decided it was more of an 'ish' coffee!! Lol!
SEE: Going to the cinema next week, haven't had time of late, as you can imagine! But did manage to fit in a very emotional viewing of one of the most heart-warming films I've ever seen – Robin Williams' 'What Dreams May Come'. Specially for anyone who's ever lost someone special, and definitely one to watch with a box of tissues! An oldie, but a goodie (1998)!
QVC: Finally watch out for a new exciting kit from Smashbox, coming soon on QVC including on Tuesday 20th September at 5pm with me. If you're one of the people that's ever asked about the vibrant pink lips I wear it's Smashbox's teeth-whitening gloss I think!
Also a fabulous chat with one of my favourite interviewees, best-selling author Lee Childs… And here are another couple of funnies for you from the latest outings on QVC – during Gem Day – by special request from some of my Facebook friends! Enjoy!
I'll see you back on air on Beauty Day on Sunday – including Gatineau late evening – yay! Assuming I've survived my trip this week to Stonehenge for my walking holiday! Wish me luck!